Policy Memo 177

DOH-CACFP: Number 177 (01/15), Supersedes Number 116 (12/07) and Number 116H (01/08)

TO: All CACFP Sponsoring Organizations

FROM: Dwight LaDu, State Director, Child and Adult Care Food Program

SUBJECT: Crediting Vegetarian Meat Alternates in CACFP Meals

I. Purpose and Scope

CACFP has updated the list of vegetarian products that carry the Child Nutrition (CN) Logo or contain alternate protein products (APPs), as creditable meat alternate components. Only the specific items listed are creditable at this time as a meat alternate component in reimbursable meals. Most of the items are already listed in the recent edition of Crediting Foods in CACFP. The attached chart replaces the one in Appendix C of Crediting Foods in CACFP. The chart includes new products and products where the serving size has changed. Products that are no longer available were deleted from the chart. CACFP will continue to add items to the list and to Crediting Foods in CACFP as we receive qualifying documentation from the manufacturers or when USDA approves such products.

II. Background Information

Federal regulation requires that APPs meet specific nutrient criteria. The items listed in the attached chart have been certified by the manufacturer as meeting those criteria. To meet the minimum required serving, centers and day care home providers must serve these products in the quantities indicated on the attached chart.

If you have any questions, please call 1-800-942-3858 and select Option 4 for centers or Option 3 for homes.

To meet the minimum required serving, day care home providers and centers must serve these products in the quantities listed below.

Item Purchase Size Required Amount to Serve 1-2 year olds Required Amount to Serve 3-5 year olds Required Amount to Serve 6 years and older
Gardenburger Classic Hamburger (CN) 2.5 oz. patty 1/2 patty 1 patty 1 patty
Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger (CN) 2.9 oz patty 1/2 patty 1 patty 1 patty
Morningstar Farms Veggie Breakfast Sausage Patties (CN) 1.35 oz. patty 1 patty 2 patties 2 patties
Dr. Praeger's Black Bean Burger (CN) 3.3 oz. patty 1/2 patty 1 patty 1 patty
Dr. Praeger's Vegetarian Burgers (CN) 2.7 oz. patty 2/2 patty 1 patty 1 patty
Dr. Praeger's Meatless Sausage Patties (CN) 1.4 oz. patty 1 patty 2 patties 2 patties
Morningstar Farms Chik'n Nuggets .75 oz. 2 nuggets 4 nuggets 5 nuggets
Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties 2.4 oz. patty 3/4 patty 1 patty 1 1/2 patties
Morningstar Farms Grillers Vegan 2.5 oz. patty 1 patty 1 patty 1 1/2 patty
Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger 3.3 oz. patty 1/2 patty 1 patty 1 1/2 patty
Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Veggie Meatballs .5 oz. each 3 meatballs 5 meatballs 6 meatballs
Gardenburger Flame Grilled Burger 3.4 oz. patty 1/2 patty 1 patty 1 patty