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Online Course

School Lunch Meal Pattern Requirements

Nutrition Services Division

Welcome to the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division School Lunch Meal Pattern Requirements online course number 226.

By completing this course, you will learn about nutrition standards in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and how to plan menus that meet the minimum requirements in California.
This course takes approximately 1 hour to complete. Please allow enough time to complete the course in one sitting. At the end of the course, you will be asked to complete a short evaluation. You will then have access to a printable course certificate of completion for your records. Completion of this course is not recorded until you select Submit on the final screen. By selecting Submit, you are acknowledging that you have viewed the entire course.
Navigation options are available at the bottom of each screen. If you have technical difficulties, please contact the Education and Nutrition Policy Unit by phone at 916-445-9127. For questions related to the School Lunch Meal Pattern Requirements, please email the CDE Schools Team at For more information about nutrition education training and resources, visit the CDE NSLP and School Breakfast Program (SBP) Meal Patterns web page.

Registration Information

 Your Contact Information:
The First Name, Last Name, and the date of completion will appear on your professional course certificate of completion. Therefore, to enhance the appearance of your certificate, use full names when entering your contact information. If you are currently participating in Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) in California, use the business name that appears in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) for your District or Agency.
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