Arkansas Department of Education CNU-16-036 Additional Yield Information for Food Buying Guide for Child

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Memo Type
Child Nutrition
Regulatory Authority
SP32-2016, 7 CFR 210.10, 7 CFR 220.8
Response Required
Federal Programs; Superintendents; Principals; Technology Coordinator; Test Coordinator; General Business Manager; Teachers

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The purpose of this memo is to make available additional yield information for food items offered to students in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP).

To support the updated meal pattern requirements established in January 2012, and assist school food operators with menu planning, an inter-agency agreement was established between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), and USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to conduct analytical yield studies.

Based on laboratory testing conducted by ARS, new yield information is available for the following food items:


Apples, sliced

Blueberries, wild



Plums (2-1/2”)

Tangerines (150 count)


 Acorn squash             Mushrooms, chopped

  Beans, canned           Pumpkin

  Broccoli florets           Spaghetti squash

    (fresh and frozen)    Sweet potato fries

  Broccolini                   Tomato, cherry halves

  Cilantro                      Vegetable purees


These additions should be printed and placed in the current Food Buying Guides at all serving sites within the school districts.

Additional yield information for meat/meat alternates, vegetables, and fruits may be accessed on line at:


New yield information is also available for the following grain items:  whole grain and whole grain-rich pastas and parboiled rice.  The revised grain chart released in June 2015 is available at:





Food Buying Guide Yield Information

Food Buying Yield Information for Grains

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