USDA Releases Proposed Rule on Meal Pattern Changes to CACFP

2015-01-09

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the proposed rule, “Child and Adult Care Feeding Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” The full proposed rule can be found here. SNA will provide a more detailed summary of the proposed rule, as well as a process for members to contribute input on the rule for inclusion in the SNA comments. The key points that could impact school nutrition programs are:

  • Add a fourth age group (13 through 18 years) to the meal pattern for children;
  • Separate the fruit and vegetable component for children and adults;
  • Require that at least one grain serving per day, across all eating occasions, be whole grain or whole grain-rich;
  • Require breakfast cereals to conform to WIC requirements;
  • Prevent grain-based desserts from counting towards the grains component;
  • Allow an optional meat or meat alternate to be served at breakfast in lieu of some grains;
  • Disallow frying as an onsite preparation method for day care institutions and facilities.

Summary charts outlining changes to the CACFP meal pattern can be found on pages 39-41. 

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