Policy Memo 131C

DOH-CACFP: Number 131C (05/09), Supersedes Number 52 (07/00)

TO: All CACFP Center Sponsors of Child Care Centers Serving Infants

FROM: Lynne Oudekerk, Acting State Director, Child and Adult Care Food Program

SUBJECT: Healthy Infant Meal Pattern

I. Purpose and Scope

CACFP has revised and renamed its Infant Meal Pattern to reflect the important role that CACFP-participating child care programs play in serving healthy foods, beginning in infancy. Effective October 1, 2009, CACFP's Healthy Infant Meal Pattern (CACFP-103) will replace the current Infant Meal Pattern. Beginning on that date, all meals must meet the Healthy Infant Meal Pattern in order to be eligible for meal reimbursement.

II. Mandated Infant Meal Pattern Changes (8-12 months of age only)

  1. Vegetables/Fruits
    • No more than one serving of juice may be served per day.
    • Juice must be served from a cup, not a bottle.
  2. Meat/Meat Alternates
    • Cheese food and cheese spread are not allowed as a meat alternate for infants.

III. Summary of Changes

CACFP has created the Healthy Infant Meal Pattern to reflect menu improvements associated with a decreased risk of overweight, obesity, and chronic disease. Starting on October 1, 2009, CACFP programs must follow this new meal pattern in order to receive CACFP reimbursement for meals and snacks served.

Enclosure: Healthy Infant Meal Pattern (CACFP-103)