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Q&A on Updated Meal Pattern Requirements


The USDA FNS compiled a memo addressing the numerous questions submitted regarding the changes in the meal patterns for the CACFP. Many Q&A’s can be found in memos regarding individual components of the updated meal patterns, but this particular memo includes numerous components from the infant meal pattern changes to milk requirements to meat-alternate substitutions and more.

The primary changes are outlined below as refreshers:

Infant Meal Patterns


CACFP General Meal Patterns





Why It Matters
The updated meal patterns were crafted with the most recent nutritional science in mind. While the changes may prove a little cumbersome at first, sponsors are encouraged to assist their providers with the transition by utilizing the memos provided, especially the Q&As. Ultimately, these new meal patterns will create healthier children.

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