Updated Infant and Preschool Meal Patterns in NSLP and SBP: Q&As
On April 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the final rule, “Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” (81 FR 24348) to update the National School Lunch Program’s and School Breakfast Program’s (School Meal Programs) meal pattern requirements for infants and preschoolers under 7 CFR 210.10 and 220.8. The purpose of this memorandum is to provide all provisions of the rule that apply to schools in one document for easy reference. The memorandum also includes Questions and Answers in Attachment B. Schools serving meals to infants and children ages 1 through 4 years old (preschoolers) must comply with these updated meal pattern requirements no later than October 1, 2017. This memorandum supersedes SP 35-2011, CACFP 23-2011, Clarification on the Use of Offer Versus Serve and Family Style Meal Service, May 17, 2011, as it applies to the School Meal Programs.