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CACFP Administrative Manual Section 8.1

Child and Adult Care Food Program Administrative Manual Section 8.1: Meal Pattern.

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Section 8: Meal Pattern

Meal Patterns

CACFP regulations specify three meal patterns:

  • Infant Meal Pattern—for infants from birth through eleven months
  • Meal Pattern for Older Children—for children age one through eighteen years
  • Meal Pattern for Adults—for all participants over eighteen years of age

A copy of the current CACFP meal pattern requirements is located in the Download Forms section of the CNIPS. All meals served to participants must meet or exceed these meal pattern requirements in order to be claimed for reimbursement. Agencies must continue to comply with the current meal pattern approved by the USDA.

New Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Pattern

Effective October 1, 2017, all agencies must comply with the CACFP new meal pattern standards. Refer to the CDE CACFP Meal Pattern Web page for more information.

Early Implementation

Effective April 3, 2017, agencies have the option to implement certain new meal pattern changes. For more information on the CDE policies related to early implementation of the NMP, refer to MB CNP-03-2017: Early Implementation of the Updated Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Pattern Requirements and the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program Infant and Preschool Meal Patterns located on the CACFP Management Bulletin Web page.

Special Needs and Special Meals

Refer to MB CACFP-08-2017 Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program. SFAs must also refer to MB SNP-02-2017 Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Programs.

504 Coordinator and Accommodation Procedures

The 504 Coordinator is responsible for addressing requests for accommodations and ensuring compliance with disability requirements related to meals and meal service. Agencies that employ 15 or more individuals must appoint a coordinator and establish grievance procedures that provide equitable resolution of complaints.

All agencies are encouraged to implement procedures for parents, guardians, and participating adults to request modifications to meal service for participants with disabilities.

References: 7 CFR, section 15b.3(i), 15b.3(k), 15b.26(d)(2), 226.20, 210.10(g); MB CNP-03-2017 Early Implementation of the Updated Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Pattern Requirements and the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program Infant and Preschool Meal Patterns, MB USDA-CACFP-20-2011 Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk and Fluid Milk Substitutions in the CACFP, Questions and Answers (REVISED), MB CACFP-08-2017, SFSP-02-2017 Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program, and SNP-02-2017 Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Programs.

Questions:   Nancy Charpentier | ncharpentier@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-2991
Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 10, 2017
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