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Afterschool Snack Program, Meal Pattern

National School Lunch Program
Meal Pattern

Snack Program

1 and 2 years

3 through 5
6 through 18
years 6
(Select 2 different components from the 4 listed)
Milk, fluid 1/2 cup 1/2 cup 1 cup
Meat or meat alternate4 1/2 ounce 1/2 ounce 1 ounce
Juice or fruit or vegetable5 1/2 cup 1/2 cup 3/4 cup
Bread and/or cereal, enriched or whole grain Bread 1/2 slice 1/2 slice 1 slice
Cereal: Cold dry 1/4 cup1 1/3 cup2 3/4 cup3
Hot cooked 1/4 cup 1/4 cup 1/2 cup


1 1/4 cup (volume) or 1/3 ounce (weight), whichever is less.

1/3 cup (volume) or 1/2 ounce (weight), whichever is less.

3 3/4 cup (volume) or 1 ounce (weight), whichever is less.

4 Yogurt may be used as a meat/meat alternate. You may serve 4 ounces (weight) or 1/2 cup (volume) of plain, or sweetened and flavored yogurt to fulfill the equivalent of 1 ounce of the meat/meat alternate component. For younger children, 2 ounces (weight) or 1/4 cup (volume) may fulfill the equivalent of 1/2 ounce of the meat/meat alternate requirement.

5 Juice may not be served when milk is served as the only other component.

6 It is recommended that older children (ages 13-18) be offered larger portions.

CAUTION: Children under 5 are at the highest risk of choking. USDA recommends that any nuts and/or seeds be served to them in a prepared food and be ground or finely chopped.

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