There shall not be more than 14 hours between a substantial evening meal and breakfast. A substantial evening meal is classified as a serving of three or more menu items at one time to include a high quality protein such as meat, fish, eggs, or cheese. The meal shall represent no less than 20 percent of the day's total nutrition requirements.
If a nourishing snack is provided at bedtime, up to 16 hours may elapse between the substantial evening meal and breakfast. A nourishing snack is classified as a combination of two or more food items from two of the four food groups, such as cheese and crackers, or fresh fruit and cottage cheese.
Where inmates are not routinely absent from the facility for work or other purposes, at least three meals shall be made available at regular times during each 24-hour period. Variations may be allowed based on weekend and holiday food service demands provided basic nutritional goals are met. As an example, a facility may provide a brunch on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays in lieu of separate breakfast and lunch meals.
A minimum of one of the three meals served daily shall be a hot meal.
MS s 241.021
23 SR 1834; 38 SR 523
December 20, 2013