WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

USDA recently revised the CACFP meal patterns to ensure children and infants have access to healthy, balanced meals throughout the day. Under the updated child and adult meal patterns, meals served will include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat. The changes to the infant meal pattern support breastfeeding and the consumption of vegetables and fruit without added sugars.

Our Daily Bread of Tennessee is here to assist you during the transition to the new meal patter requirements! With the help of the USDA, TeamNutrition and the National CACFP Sponsors Association, we have created the following resources to help you better understand the meal pattern and how to best implement them at your child care site.

MEAL PATTERN FOOD CHART

1-12 YEAR OLDS

  1.    (1) year olds, serve unflavored, whole | (2) year olds, serve 1% or skim.
  2.    Juice is limited to one time per day.
  3.    At least one serving per day must be whole grain-rich.
  4.    Meat/alternates may replace a grain up to (3) times per week.
  5.    Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of total sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sugar per 100 grams of dry ounce cereal).
  6.    Yogurt may contain no more than 23 grams of total sugar per 6 ounces.

INFANTS (0-11 MONTHS)

*A serving of this component is required when the infant is developmentally ready to accept it. Once the component has been introduced, it becomes a required part of the infant’s meal plan.

  1.    Fruit and vegetable juices are NOT reimbursable on the infant meal pattern.
  2.    Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of total sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sugar per 100 grams of dry ounce cereal).
  3.    Yogurt may contain no more than 23 grams of total sugar per 6 ounces.
  • Breast Milk is recommended; however, Iron-Fortifified Infant Formula is also acceptable. Parents may provide this.
  • Breast Feeding on site is both encouraged and reimbursable as a complete meal.
  • When a parent provides BM or IFIF the provider must supply all the other required meal components to be reimbursed.
  • Fruit and Vegetable juices may NOT be served to infants.
  • Honey, nuts, seeds, or nut butters are not acceptable foods for infants.
  • Cow’s milk must not be served to infants under 12 months unless medical documentation is on file.
  • Solid foods should be introduced gradually around 6 months & have a consistency that is developmentally appropriate.

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september, 2020

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