What are reimbursable meals?
USDA reimburses schools for meals that meet specific meal patterns and nutrition guidelines. USDA nutrition guidelines are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. School systems have different options for developing menus with reimbursable meals. Each meal will be some combination of a meat/meat alternate, bread/grain, fruit/vegetable and milk. For example, lunch could include spaghetti with meat sauce, canned peaches, salad and milk. Breakfast could include cereal, toast and milk.