Meal Pattern and Meal Component Resources

Meal Patterns

Serving meals that meet the nutritional needs of children is a goal of parents and child care providers.  The food program helps you do just that!  View the Food Program meal pattern requirements.


 Meal Pattern for children ages 1-12



Meal Pattern for Infants Birth-11 months


Milk Component:


Grains Component:

Fruit and Vegetable Components:

Meat and Meat Alternate Component:

Infant Meal Pattern and Infant Meal Standards:



Child Meal Pattern and Meal Standards:











Best Practices: