Choosing a Complete Meal
In order for a meal to be complete it must contain certain minimum components. The great news about this is if your student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, a complete meal will be free or will cost just 40¢ (for lunch)! If your child pays regular price for his/her meals, choosing a complete meal will get the most for your money, help assure maximum nutrition, and do the best job filling your student up!
A complete meal also offers the "best deal" for your money. (For more details about menu/meal planning and offer vs. serve, click here.) A cost comparison, using a chicken burger as the main entrée, of a single entrée with that of a complete meal, is provided below.
The sample lunch tray (shown on the right) shows a complete meal with a chicken burger being the main entrée. This filling meal would qualify as a complete meal! Students may choose all the fruits and vegetables they can eat from the fruit and salad bar.
Grain and Meat (entrée)—chicken burger
Vegetable—broccoli and salad