|DATE:||March 10, 2017|
|POLICY MEMO:||CACFP 08-2017|
|SUBJECT:||Questions and Answers on the Updated Meal Pattern Requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program|
Special Nutrition Programs
Child Nutrition Programs
This memorandum provides questions and answers on the meal pattern requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) collected and answered a variety of questions since the updated meal patterns were published in April 2016.
Each of the memoranda on the updated CACFP meal patterns contain an additional set of questions and answers pertaining to the primary topic of the memorandum. For example, all questions and answers pertaining to the infant meal patterns are available in CACFP 06-2017, Feeding Infants and Meal Pattern Requirements in the Child and Adult Care Food Program; Questions and Answers, revised September 2023 (https://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/feeding-infants-and-meal-pattern-requirements-qas). For more information on a specific topic, please see a comprehensive list of the memorandums on the updated CACFP meal patterns at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/policy.
State agencies are reminded to distribute this information to program operators immediately. Program operators should direct any questions regarding this memorandum to the appropriate state agency. State agency contact information is available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/cacfp-contacts. State agencies should direct questions to the appropriate FNS regional office.
Policy and Program Development Division