Feeding Infants in CACFP Child Care Programs


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Meals and snacks served to infants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) must comply with the CACFP infant meal pattern. The new CACFP infant meal pattern applies to babies from birth through 11 months of age and began on October 1, 2017, as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) final rule, Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Effective October 1, 2021, serving sizes for grains must comply with the ounce equivalents for creditable grains in Whole Grain-rich Ounce Equivalents for the CACFP.

The final rule requires more whole grains and a greater variety of vegetables and fruits, and reduces the amount of added sugars and solid fats in CACFP meals. It also better aligns the CACFP with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and other Child Nutrition Programs.

Infant Meal Pattern