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the meat meat alternate m ma component

The Meat/Meat Alternate (M/MA) Component

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction | Child Nutrition Services

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender (male or female), age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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M/MA Webinar Presenters

Flo Smith

Region 6

Trip Warren

Region 7

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M/MA: breakfast

Updated breakfast meal pattern:

Optional 12-13 SY

Required 13-14 SY

M/MA is not required at breakfast.

A waiver is required to adopt the new breakfast meal pattern prior to the 2013-2014 SY.

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M/MA: updates for the lunch meal
  • Grade groups
  • Consistent unit of measure (oz. eq.)
  • Daily minimums
  • Weekly minimums
  • Weekly maximums
  • Use of tofu and soy products
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M/MA: Grade groups





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M/MA: ounce equivalentunit of measure

Ounce Equivalent (oz. eq.) label was generally used for labeling alternate forms of meat.

For consistency, the oz. eq. unit of measure will accompany all forms of M/MA components.

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M/MA: Minimum daily quantity

Meat/Meat Alternate must be offered as part of the reimbursable meal in minimum quantities each day.

M/MA must be offered as part of the main menu item. Other M/MA must be counted.

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M/MA: Weekly ranges

Maximum quantities of M/MA apply only to the weekly range.

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M/MA: additional information

Schools that do not serve a daily choice of M/MA menu items may not serve the same form of M/MA more than 3 times per week.

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M/MA: additional information

The M/MA component can be supplemented to meet the full requirement.

Example: hot dog (1.5 oz eq) and chili (0.5 oz eq) will equal 2 oz eq for the 9-12 grade group.

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M/MA: Tofu and Soy products

Tofu and Soy-based products may credited toward the reimbursable meal.

Refer to Policy Memo SP 16 - 2012

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M/MA: additional references

A reference document, additional policy memos and guidance for this presentation is on the Child Nutrition website along with this powerpoint.