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					      Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) • Meal Pattern for Children1
                                                                       Ages                 Ages               Ages
                  CACFP Meal Pattern
                                                                      1 and 2           3 through 5       6 through 122
                                                    Breakfast
Milk, fluid                                                            ½ cup3              ¾ cup              1 cup

Vegetables and Fruits
 Vegetable(s) and/or fruit(s) or                                       ¼ cup                ½ cup            ½ cup
 Full-strength fruit or vegetable juice or
 An equivalent quantity of any combination of the above.

Grains/Breads4
 Bread or                                                            ½ slice                ½ slice          1 slice
 Cornbread, biscuits, rolls, muffins, etc. or                       ½ serving             ½ serving         1 serving
 Cold dry cereal5 or                                              ¼ cup or 1/3 oz.     1/3 cup or ½ oz.   ¾ cup or 1 oz.
 Cooked cereal or                                                     ¼ cup                 ¼ cup            ½ cup
 Cooked pasta or noodle products or                                   ¼ cup                 ¼ cup            ½ cup
 Cooked cereal grains or                                              ¼ cup                 ¼ cup            ½ cup
 An equivalent quantity of any combination of the above
 grains/breads.

                                             Snack (Supplement)
        Serve any 2 of the following 4 components:
           (Must be 2 DIFFERENT components)
Milk, fluid                                                            ½ cup3              ½ cup              1 cup

Vegetables and Fruits
 Vegetable(s) and/or fruit(s) or                                       ½ cup               ½ cup             ¾ cup
 Full-strength fruit or vegetable juice6 or
 An equivalent quantity of any combination of the above

Grains/Breads4
 Bread or                                                            ½ slice               ½ slice           1 slice
 Cornbread, biscuits, rolls, muffins, etc. or                       ½ serving             ½ serving         1 serving
 Cold dry cereal5 or                                              ¼ cup or 1/3 oz.    1/3 cup or ½ oz.    ¾ cup or 1 oz.
 Cooked cereal or                                                     ¼ cup                 ¼ cup            ½ cup
 Cooked pasta or noodle products or                                   ¼ cup                 ¼ cup            ½ cup
 Cooked cereal grains or                                              ¼ cup                 ¼ cup            ½ cup
 An equivalent quantity of any combination of the above
 grains/breads.

Meat and Meat Alternates
 Lean meat or poultry or fish7 or                                      ½ oz.                ½ oz.             1 oz.
 Alternate protein products8 or                                        ½ oz.                ½ oz.             1 oz.
 Cheese or                                                             ½ oz.                ½ oz.             1 oz.
 Cottage cheese or                                                    1/8 cup             1/8 cup            ¼ cup
 Eggs or                                                            ½ large egg          ½ large egg       ½ large egg
 Cooked dry beans or peas or                                          1/8 cup              1/8 cup           ¼ cup
 Peanut butter or soynut butter or other nut
 or seed butters or                                                   1 Tbsp.             1 Tbsp.            2 Tbsp.
 Peanuts or soynuts or tree nuts or seeds9 or                          ½ oz.               ½ oz.               1 oz.
 Yogurt10, plain or flavored, unsweetened or sweetened or          2 oz. or ¼ cup      2 oz. or ¼ cup     4 oz. or ½ cup
 An equivalent quantity of any combination of the above meat
 and meat alternates.



                           Connecticut State Department of Education • June 2009 • Page 1 of 2
             Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) • Meal Pattern for Children1
                                                                                                    Ages                       Ages                     Ages
                              CACFP Meal Pattern
                                                                                                   1 and 2                 3 through 5             6 through 122
                                                                      Lunch or Supper
  Milk, fluid                                                                                       ½ cup3                     ¾ cup                      1 cup
  Vegetables and Fruits11
      Vegetable(s) and/or fruit(s)                                                               ¼ cup total                ½ cup total               ¾ cup total
  Grains/Breads4
      Bread or                                                                                     ½ slice                    ½ slice                    1 slice
      Cornbread, biscuits, rolls, muffins, etc. or                                                ½ serving                  ½ serving                  1 serving
      Cooked pasta or noodle products or                                                           ¼ cup                      ¼ cup                      ½ cup
      Cooked cereal grains or                                                                      ¼ cup                      ¼ cup                      ½ cup
      An equivalent quantity of any combination of the above
      grains/breads.
  Meat and Meat Alternates
      Lean meat or poultry or fish7 or                                                              1 oz.                     1½ oz.                     2 oz.
      Alternate protein products8 or                                                                1 oz.                     1½ oz.                     2 oz.
      Cheese or                                                                                     1 oz.                     1½ oz.                     2 oz.
      Cottage cheese or                                                                           1/8 cup                    1/8 cup                     ¼ cup
      Eggs or                                                                                    ½ large egg                ¾ large egg               1 large egg
      Cooked dry beans or peas or                                                                  ¼ cup                     3/8 cup                     ½ cup
      Peanut butter or soynut butter or other nut
      or seed butters or                                                                          2 Tbsp.                    3 Tbsp.                    4 Tbsp.
      Peanuts or soynuts or tree nuts or seeds9,12 or                                          ½ oz.12 = 50%              ¾ oz.12 = 50%              1 oz.12 = 50%
      Yogurt10, plain or flavored, unsweetened or sweetened or                                 4 oz. or ½ cup             6 oz. or ¾ cup             8 oz. or 1 cup
      An equivalent quantity of any combination of the above meat
      and meat alternates.
  1  The meal pattern chart shows the minimum amounts of each component that must be made available to each child by the center or day
     care home in order to claim reimbursement for the meal. Children may be served larger portions but not less than the minimum quantities
     specified.
  2 Emergency shelters are allowed to serve CACFP meals to residents 18 years of age or younger and to children of any age who have
     disabilities. At-risk afterschool care centers can serve CACFP snacks to children 18 years of age or younger.
  3 For the purposes of the requirements, a cup means a standard measuring cup (8 fluid ounces).
   4 Bread, pasta or noodle products and cereal grains must be whole grain or enriched. Cornbread, biscuits, rolls, muffins, etc., must be made
     with whole-grain or enriched meal or flour. Cereal must be whole grain or enriched or fortified. Bran and germ are credited the same as
     enriched or whole-grain meal or flour. All products must meet the minimum serving sizes specified in “Serving Sizes for Grains/Breads in
     the CACFP” (http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/LIB/sde/pdf/deps/nutrition/CACFP/Crediting_Foods/ServingsGB_CACFP.pdf).
  5 Either volume (cup) or weight (ounce), whichever is less.
  6 Juice cannot be served when milk is the only other snack component.
  7 Edible portion as served, e.g., cooked lean meat without bone.
  8 Alternate protein products must (1) be processed so that some portion of the non-protein constituents of the food is removed, (2) have a
     biological protein quality of at least 80 percent that of casein as determined by PDCAAS, and (3) contain at least 18 percent protein by
     weight when fully hydrated or formulated.
  9 Tree nuts and seeds that may be used as meat alternates include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, macadamia, peanuts, pecans,
     walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios and soynuts. Children under 5 are at the highest risk of choking. USDA recommends that any nuts or seeds
     served to young children are in a prepared food and are ground or finely chopped.
  10 It is recommended that yogurt not be served when milk is the only other snack component.
  11 Serve two or more kinds of vegetable(s) and/or fruit(s). Full-strength 100 percent vegetable or fruit juice may be counted to meet not more
     than one-half of this requirement.
  12 At lunch or supper, no more than 50 percent of the requirement shall be met with nuts or seeds. Nuts or seeds must be combined with
     another meat/meat alternate to fulfill the requirement. For the purpose of determining combinations, 1 ounce of nuts or seeds is equal to 1
     ounce of cooked lean meat, poultry or fish.

For additional information, see Nutrition Policies and Guidance for the Child and Adult Care Food Program at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/
cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=322326 or contact the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family
Services and Adult Education, 25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457 (see http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q
=321576).
The State of Connecticut Department of Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons and does not discriminate in any
employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or any other basis prohibited by
Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. Inquiries regarding the Department of Education’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to the Equal
Employment Opportunity Manager, State of Connecticut Department of Education, 25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, Connecticut, 06457, (860) 807-2101.

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