Policy Memo 191

DOH-CACFP: Number 191 (02/17), Supersedes Number 131C (05/09) and Number 131H (05/09)

TO: CACFP Sponsoring Organizations of Centers and Day Care Homes

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

SUBJECT: New Infant Meal Pattern

Purpose and Scope

USDA has updated CACFP meal patterns for the first time since the program's inception in 1968. The new infant meal pattern encourages breastfeeding, supports the increase of vegetables and fruits and promotes developmentally appropriate meals. The new meal pattern will take effect on October 1, 2017. This memo is an introduction to the new CACFP Infant Meal Pattern.

CACFP will conduct training on the new Infant Meal Pattern throughout the state, from April through September 2017. CACFP strongly recommends that all participating programs take advantage of this training opportunity. Sponsors of centers and day care homes will be notified of training as soon as it becomes available. Also, check the CACFP website at www.health.ny.gov/cacfp for information about all the trainings that CACFP offers.

Changes to the Infant Meal Pattern

  • A vegetable, fruit or both are required to be served at snack.
  • At breakfast, meat/meat alternates may be served instead of infant cereal.
  • The new Infant Meal Pattern is divided into two age groups instead of three.
Birth through 3 months Birth through 5 months
4 through 7 months 6 months to 1st birthday
8 months to 1st birthday

Changes Within the Food Components

Breast Milk or Iron-Fortified Formula

Providers may claim meals for infants who are breastfed by their mother at the day care center or family day care home.


Juice is no longer allowed as part of a reimbursable infant meal.


Breakfast cereals (adult) that have 6 grams of sugar or less per dry ounce may be served at snack.

Meat/Meat Alternate

Yogurt has been added but it cannot contain more than 23 grams of sugar per 6 oz. Whole eggs have replaced egg yolks.

Additional Information

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

Providers may begin to implement the new Infant 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.