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Meal Pattern & Menu Planning Resources

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) authorizes funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs. Improving child nutrition is the focal point of the HHFKA. The legislation authorized funding and set policy for USDA's core child nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and the After School Snack Program. The HHFKA allowed USDA, for the first time in over 30 years, to make real reforms to the school lunch and breakfast programs by improving the critical nutrition and hunger safety net for millions of children. The bill that reauthorizes these programs is often referred to by shorthand as the child nutrition reauthorization bill.

The most current meal pattern and nutrition standards are available on the USDA FNS website.

Visit the SNP training page to view available trainings on this topic for SNP Sponsors.

​The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program for schools and residential child-care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally assisted meal program for schools and residential child-care institutions.  It provides nutritionally balanced breakfasts to children each school day. The SBP started in 1966 as a pilot project, and was made a permanent entitlement program by Congress in 1975.
The Afterschool Snack Program of NSLP is a federally assisted snack service that fills the afternoon hunger gap for school children.  NSLP sponsors must serve reimbursable snacks that meet Federal requirements and offer free or reduced price snacks to eligible children.   In order to be eligible, programs must provide organized, regular scheduled activities in the structured or supervised environment, including an educational or enrichment activity. 
​Research shows that school breakfast is good for students, classrooms, and communities. Making breakfast a part of the school day increases access to breakfast so more hungry students get fed.   As of May 24, 2021, ODE-CNP does not have funding for this state equipment grant.  A request has been made to the Oregon Legislature for funding.  When funding is authorized by the Oregon Legislature, the Breakfast after the Bell web page will be updated.

  • Breakfast after the Bell - This link provides resources for operating breakfast in the classroom and Breakfast after the Bell.
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For additional information or questions, contact the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs by Email: ODE School Nutrition or Phone: 503-947-5894.