Policy Memo 190C

DOH-CACFP: Number 190C (02/17), Supersedes Number 132C (05/09)

TO: CACFP Sponsoring Organizations of Centers

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

SUBJECT: New Child Meal Pattern

Purpose and Scope

USDA has updated CACFP meal patterns for the first time since the program's inception in 1968. The new meal patterns are more consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. With the new meal patterns, meals served will include a greater variety of vegetables and fruits, more whole grains and less added sugars and fats. The new meal patterns will take effect on October 1, 2017. This memo is an introduction to the new CACFP Child Meal Pattern.

CACFP will conduct training on the new Child Meal Pattern throughout the state, from April through September 2017. CACFP strongly recommends that all participating programs take advantage of this training opportunity. Centers will be notified of training as soon as they become available. Also, check our website at www.health.ny.gov/cacfp for information about all the trainings that CACFP offers.

Changes to the Child Meal Pattern

Breakfast Meal Patterns

A meat/meat alternate can now be served in place of the grain component, up to three times a week.

Lunch and Supper Meal Patterns

The Vegetable/Fruit component has been divided into two separate components, one for just vegetables and another for just fruits. Each has its own quantity requirements as shown in the chart below:

Ages 1-2 Ages 3-5 Ages 6-12
Lunch/Supper Current New Current New Current New
Milk 1/2 cup 3/4 cup 1 cup
Vegetable 1/4 cup 1/8 cup 1/2 cup 1/4 cup 3/4 cup 1/2 cup
Vegetable or Fruit 1/8 cup 1/4 cup 1/4 cup
Grains/Bread 1/2 serving 1/2 serving 1 serving
Meat/Meat Alternate 1 oz. 1 1/2 oz. 2 oz.

Snack Meal Patterns

Two components must be served at snack. With the vegetable and fruit components separated for lunch, supper and snack, there are now 5 components to choose from for snack. Also, snack can now consist of both a vegetable and a fruit.

Changes Within the Food Components

Vegetable Component and Fruit Component

One vegetable and one fruit or two different vegetables must be served at lunch and supper.


Grain based desserts, homemade or commercially prepared, are not creditable for any meal or snack. These include sweet pie crust, fruit turnovers, doughnuts, toaster pastries, granola bars, sweet crackers including graham and animal, sweet rolls and brownies.

Breakfast cereals cannot contain more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce.

At least one serving of grains per day must be whole-grain rich. The menu must indicate which item is whole grain.

Meat/Meat Alternate

Tofu is credible as a meat/meat alternate.

Yogurt cannot contain more than 23 grams of sugar per 6 oz.


Deep fat frying is not allowed as a way of preparing food on site. Sautéing and stir-frying are allowed.

Additional Information

USDA continues to release memos to clarify the new regulations. CACFP will distribute additional materials to centers as they become available, including meal patterns. For more details, please visit: www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/meals-and-snacks.

Centers may begin to implement the meal pattern after they have attended training. Effective October 1, 2017, all meals served must meet the new meal pattern requirements in order to be eligible for reimbursement.