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Changes to the (CACFP) Meal Pattern Requirements
Greater Variety of Vegetables and Fruits
The combined fruit and vegetable component is now a separate vegetable component and a separate fruit component; and
Juice is limited to once per day.
At least one serving of grains per day must be whole grain-rich;
Grain-based desserts no longer count towards the grain component; and
Ounce equivalents (oz eq) are used to determine the amount of creditable grains.
Meat and meat alternates may be served in place of the entire grains component at breakfast a maximum of three times per week; and
Tofu counts as a meat alternate.
A new age group to address the needs of older children 13 through 18 years old.
Yogurt must contain no more than 23 grams of sugar per 6 ounces; and
Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce.
Unflavored whole milk must be served to 1 year olds; unflavored low-fat or fat-free milk must be served to children 2 through 5 years old; and unflavored low-fat, unflavored fat-free, or flavored fat-free milk must be served to children 6 years old and older.
Encourage and Support Breastfeeding
Providers may receive reimbursement for meals when a breastfeeding mother comes to the day care center or home and directly breastfeeds her infant.
Only breastmilk and infant formula are served to infants 0 through 5 month.
Developmentally Appropriate Infant Meals:
Two age groups, instead of three: 0 through 5 month olds and 6 through 11 month olds; and
Solid foods are gradually introduced around 6 months of age, as developmentally appropriate.
Requires a vegetable or fruit, or both, to be served at snack for infants 6 through 11 months old;
No longer allows juice or cheese food or cheese spread to be served; and
Allows ready-to-eat cereals at snack.
• Extends offer versus serve to at-risk after-school programs; and
• Frying is not allowed as a way of preparing foods on-site.