To qualify for reimbursement, meals must meet specific meal pattern requirements and must contain the required quantities of each component.
The four meal components are: milk; vegetable, fruit, or juice; grains or bread; and meat or meat alternate.
- Breakfast – milk; vegetable, fruit, or juice; grain or bread
- Lunch and Supper – milk; two different vegetables and/or fruits; meat or meat alternative; grain or bread
- Snack – Any two of the four components