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Meal Pattern Minute

Looking for quick tips on some of the CACFP's hottest topics? Our nutrition education specialist, Isabel Ramos-Lebron, MS, RDN, LD, is here to help! Be sure to follow us on Instagram or on Facebook for more tips, recipes and resources!

Meal Pattern Minute: Serving Nuts and Seeds

Can peanuts, tree nuts, seeds or soy nuts be served to meet the full meat/meat alternate component for a meal?

Meal Pattern Minute: Writing Medical Statements

Who is able to write a medical statement?

Meal Pattern Minute: Medical Statements

What is a medical statement, and why might one be needed in the CACFP?

Meal Pattern Minute: Frozen Fruit Juice Bars

Can frozen fruit juice bars be credited for reimbursement in the CACFP?

Meal Pattern Minute: Amaranth

What is amaranth and how is it used in the CACFP?

Meal Pattern Minute: Exhibit A Grains Chart

Are all foods listed on the Exhibit A Grains Chart creditable in the CACFP?

Meal Pattern Minute: May Contain Statement on Nut-Free Products

Is a manufacturer required to report if a nut-free product was made in a facility that processes nuts?

Meal Pattern Minute: Identifying Allergens on Food Packaging

Where can you find allergens listed on a food’s packaging?

Meal Pattern Minute: Top 9 Food Allergens

What are the top nine most common food allergens?

Meal Pattern Minute: Meal Counts During Family Style Dining

When serving a meal family style in the CACFP, when are meal counts taken?

Meal Pattern Minute: Reimbursement for Family Style Dining

Can a family style meal be reimbursed if a child does not serve themself all of the food components offered?

Meal Pattern Minute: Preparing Children for Family Style Dining

What can you do outside of meal service to prepare children for family style dining?

Meal Pattern Minute: Family Style Dining

What is family style dining in the CACFP?

Meal Pattern Minute: Shelf-Stable Yogurt

Is shelf-stable yogurt reimbursable in the CACFP?

Meal Pattern Minute: Quiche

What is needed to serve quiche as part of a reimbursable meal?

Meal Pattern Minute: Soy Milk Beverages

Are all soy beverages creditable in the CACFP?

Meal Pattern Minute: Cheese Products

What is a cheese product, and is it creditable?

Meal Pattern Minute: Disability-Accommodated Food from Home

If a parent of a child with a disability provides all food components for a meal, can the provider be reimbursed for the meal?