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Meal Pattern for Older Children

Child and Adult Care Food Program meal requirements for children ages one through twelve.

Breakfast

Milk5

Type Ages 1 to 2 years Ages 3 to 5 years Ages 6 to 12 years
Fluid Milk 1/2 cup 3/4 cup 1 cup

Vegetables, Fruit

Type Ages 1 to 2 years Ages 3 to 5 years Ages 6 to 12 years
Vegetable, Fruit, or Full-Strength (100%) Juice 1/4 cup 1/2 cup 1/2 cup

Grains/Breads (whole grain or enriched)

Type Ages 1 to 2 years Ages 3 to 5 years Ages 6 to 12 years
Bread 1/2 slice 1/2 slice 1 slice
OR Rolls, Muffins, etc. 1/2 serving 1/2 serving 1 serving
OR Cold Dry Cereal
(volume or weight, whichever is less)
1/4 cup or 1/3 oz. 1/3 cup or 1/2 oz. 3/4 cup or 1 oz.
OR Cooked Cereal, Pasta, Noodle Products, or Cereal Grains 1/4 cup 1/4 cup 1/2 cup

Lunch or Supper

Milk

Type Ages 1 to 2 years Ages 3 to 5 years Ages 6 to 12 years
Fluid Milk 1/2 cup 3/4 cup 1 cup

Vegetables, Fruits

Type Ages 1 to 2 years Ages 3 to 5 years Ages 6 to 12 years
Vegetable and/or Fruit (two or more kinds) 1/4 cup total 1/2 cup total 3/4 cup total

Grains/Breads (whole grain or enriched)

Type Ages 1 to 2 years Ages 3 to 5 years Ages 6 to 12 years
Bread 1/2 slice 1/2 slice 1 slice
OR Rolls, Muffins, etc 1/2 serving 1/2 serving 1 serving
OR Cooked Cereal, Pasta, Noodle Products, or Cereal Grains 1/4 cup 1/4 cup 1/2 cup

Meat/Meat Alternatives

Type Ages 1 to 2 years Ages 3 to 5 years Ages 6 to 12 years
Lean Meat, Fish, or Poultry (edible portion as served) 1 oz. 1.5 oz. 2 oz.
OR Cheese (natural or processed) 1 oz. 1.5 oz. 2 oz.
OR Cottage Cheese, Cheese Food/Cheese Spread Substitute 1/4 cup
or 2 oz.
3/8 cup
or 3 oz.
1/2 cup
or 4 oz.
OR Egg (large) 1/2 egg 3/4 egg 1 egg
OR Cooked Dried Beans or Dried Peas1 1/4 cup 3/8 cup 1/2 cup
OR Peanut Butter, Reduced- Fat Peanut Butter, Soy Nut Butter, or Other Nut or Seed Butters 2 Tbsp. 3 Tbsp. 4 Tbsp.
OR Peanuts, Soy Nuts, Tree Nuts, Roasted Peas, or Seeds2 1/2 oz.2 3/4 oz.2 1 oz.2
OR yogurt (plain or flavored, unsweetened or sweetened) 1/2 cup 3/4 cup 1 cup
OR An Equivalent Quantity of Any Combination of the Above Meat/Meat Alternatives N/A N/A N/A

A.M. or P.M. Supplement

(select 2 of these 4 components)3

Milk

Type Ages 1 to 2 years Ages 3 to 5 years Ages 6 to 12 years
Fluid Milk 1/2 cup 1/2 cup 1 cup

Vegetables, Fruits

Type Ages 1 to 2 years Ages 3 to 5 years Ages 6 to 12 years
Vegetable, Fruit, or Full-Strength (100%) Juice 1/2 cup 1/2 cup 3/4 cup

Grains/Breads
(whole grain or enriched)

Type Ages 1 to 2 years Ages 3 to 5 years Ages 6 to 12 years
Bread 1/2 slice 1/2 slice 1 slice
OR Rolls, Muffins, etc. 1/2 serving 1/2 serving 1 serving
OR Cold Dry Cereal
(volume or weight, whichever is less)
1/4 cup
or 1/3 oz.
1/3 cup
or 1/2 oz.
3/4 cup
or 1 oz.
OR Cooked Cereal, Pasta, Noodle Products, or Cereal Grains. 1/4 cup 1/4 cup 1/2 cup

Meat/Meat Alternatives

Type Ages 1 to 2 years Ages 3 to 5 years Ages 6 to 12 years
Lean Meat, Fish, or Poultry
(edible portion as served)
1/2 oz. 1/2 oz. 1 oz.
OR Cheese (natural or processed) 1/2 oz. 1/2 oz. 1 oz.
OR Cottage Cheese, Cheese Food/Cheese Spread Substitute 1/8 cup
or 1 oz.
1/8 cup
or 1 oz.
1/4 cup
or 2 oz.
OR Egg (large) 1/2 egg 1/2 egg 1/2 egg
OR Yogurt
(plain or flavored, unsweetened or sweetened4
1/4 cup 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
OR Cooked Dried Beans or Dried Peas1 1/8 cup 1/8 cup 1/4 cup
OR Peanut Butter, Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter, Soy Nut Butter, or Other Nut or Seed Butters 1 Tbsp. 1 Tbsp. 2 Tbsp.
OR Peanuts, Soy Nuts, Tree Nuts, Roasted Peas, or Seeds 1/2 oz 1/2 oz. 1 oz.
OR An Equivalent Quantity of Any Combination of the Above
Meat/Meat Alternatives
N/A N/A N/A

1Dried beans or dried peas may be used as a meat alternate or as a vegetable component; but cannot be counted as both components in the same meal.

2No more than 50 percent of the requirement shall be met with nuts or seeds. Nuts or seeds shall be combined with another meat/meat alternate to fulfill the requirement. To determine combinations, 1 oz. of nuts or seeds is equal to 1 oz. of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish. Roasted peas can count as a meat alternate or vegetable component, but cannot be counted as both in the same meal.

3Juice cannot be served when milk is served as the only other component.

4Commercially added fruit or nuts in flavored yogurt cannot be used to satisfy the second component requirement in supplements.

5Children between 12 and 23 months should be served whole milk. Children two years and older can only be served low fat (1 percent) or nonfat (skim) milk.

Questions: Joseph Cormack | jcormack@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-7133 
Last Reviewed: Monday, September 12, 2016
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