DCH Application Packet Training Video

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Supplementary Training Modules

We recommend you print the handout prior to watching each video.

Module

Description of Video

Time

Handouts

Administrative

No. 1SFSP Program Overview
3:06
None
No. 2Sponsor Requirements
9:27
Requirements Handouts (13 Pages)

No. 3

How to Apply

6:21

Nutrition Services Computer Access Application & Agreement

No 4

Open Sites and Migrant Sites

3:44

None

No 5

Enrolled Sites and Camp Sites

6:09

None

No 6

Income Eligibility Forms

4:12

IEF Handouts (4 pages)

Food Service

No 7

SFSP Meal Pattern Requirements

10:33

Meal Pattern Handouts (4 pages)

No 8

SFSP Production Records

9:14

Production Record Handouts (7 pages)

No 9

Counting Grains and Breads

7.21

Grain Bread Handouts (3 pages)

No 10

Offer versus Serve

4:38

None

No 11

Sharing Table & Taking Non-perishables off-site

2:13

None

No 12

Field Trip Requests

5:36

Field Trip Handouts (4 pages)

No 13

Counting Meals

5:16

Counting Handouts

No 14

Contracting Requirements

1:57

Vendor Agreement Handout

No 15

Purchasing

6:31

Food Buying Guide
FBG Short Form Handout

Financial Management

No 16

Reimbursement & Instructions for Preparing Claims

3:38

Reimbursement Handouts (2 pages)

No 17

How to Submit a Claim for Reimbursement

3:32

Camp Form
Step by Step Instructions– How to complete claim (1 page)

No 18

Issues of Noncompliance

7:23

None

No 19

Resources for Outreach

2:12

None

No 20Excessive Heat/Non-congregate Feeding

4:02

Non-congregate Meal Election Form (1 page)
Civil Rights
 Civil Rights Training

 

PDF
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Nebraska Farm to Preschool Toolkit

 

Getting Started

Where To Buy Local

 

What’s In Season

 

Produce Pick Spotlight Summer 2017 – Carrots

 

 

Photo credit: http://tinyurl.com/n4rxzup

In season locally: June through October.

Health benefits of carrots: Carrots are a root vegetable rich in antioxidants (cancer prevention), fiber and beta carotene.  They are also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin B8.  Carrots are a good source of pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.  They are low in calories and high in fiber (good for digestive health). 

Nutrient    Health Benefit
FiberPromotes digestive health
Beta Carotene /Vitamin AVision health
Vitamin CStrengthens immune system
Vitamin K   Bone and heart heath
B8 Cognitive function, blood pressure, metabolism,
Folate Skin health, cell development, cancer prevention
Potassium  Anxiety/stress relief, health heart & blood pressure 
Iron    Hemoglobin formation, oxygen carrier, muscle function
Copper    Aids metabolic process for a healthy existence

 You can find carrots at local farmers markets nearly all summer in Nebraska. Find local farmers who grow carrots on a great website called Agrilicious: http://www.agrilicious.org/local/fresh-carrots/nebraska

Sources:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/carrots.html
http://www.naturalnewsblogs.com/top-5-health-benefits-good-sources-vitamin-b8/http://tinyurl.com/mlltzxg

   

Produce Pick Spotlight Recipes and Serving Ideas

Fresh Hummus with Rainbow Carrots
https://welldoing.org/article/recipe-hummus-rainbow-carrot

 

Carrot Fries

http://www.food.com/recipe/oven-baked-carrot-fries-413832

 

 

 

 

Perfectly Cooked Carrots

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/perfectly-cooked-carrots

 

 

 

carrotsoup

Carrot Soup with Parmesan Crisps

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/carrot-soup-with-parmesan-crisps

 

 

Menu Planning With Local Foods as Sample Menus

Weekly Menus/Sample Menus
*RFHK = Recipes for Healthy Kids cookbook
*PPS = Produce Pick Spotlight recipe
*ISL = In Season Locally

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Breakfast

Milk

Oatmeal

Strawberries (ISL)

Milk

Scrambled Eggs

Black Beans

Milk

Cheerios

Cantaloupe

Milk

Whole Wheat Waffle
With peanut butter and bananas

Milk

Yogurt

Blueberries

Lunch/

Supper

Milk

Baked Tilapia
Broiled Asparagus (PPS, ISL)

Mix Greens Toss Salad w/Kale (ISL

Brown Rice

Milk

Chicken Alfredo (RFHK pg.25)

Perfectly Cooked Carrots
(ISL)

Mango chunks

Milk

Black Bean and Corn Tostada http://bit.ly/1WqokdP

Blueberries

 

Milk

Turkey Porcupine Sliders
(RFHJK, pg. 9)

Carrot Fries (PPS, ISL)

Apple Slices

Wheat Bun

Milk

Grilled Cheese on Whole Wheat

Carrot Soup with Parmesan Crips (PPS, ISL)

Cucumbers

AM/PM

Snack

Rainbow Carrots (PSS, ISL) w/ Fresh Hummus Dip

Pretzel sticks

Water

Mini Pizza –
whole wheat English Muffin w/ marinara and mozzarella cheese

Water

Radishes (ISL) w/Ranch Dip and

Wheat Crackers

Water

Orange smiles

Snap Peas

Water

Whole Wheat Tortilla Roll-up w/  peanut butter and bananas

Water

 

Recipe Resources

 

Featured Farmer

Pairieland Dairy

June is National Dairy Month. Our first Featured Farmer is Prairieland Dairy.  A locally owned dairy near Firth Nebraska. At the heart of the farm is family. The Obbink family started the farm in the 1920’s. In 1998 the Rice family joined the operation and finally in 2004, the Eickhoff and Goosen families joined the operation to create a different kind of dairy farm – one aimed at sustainability and remaining open and transparent about their practices.

Prairieland’s dedication to sustainability and creating the ideal conditions to produce the most perfect milk starts with the soil. Healthy dairy products can be traced back to the feed the cows eat and ultimately the soil that grows the feed. Fertile, living soil is full of earthworms and microscopic creatures called microbes and you can bet the Prairieland fields are filled with both.

Prairieland’s dedication to the soil begins with compost made from the farm’s waste. Rich, Prairieland Gold compost is spread on the fields to minimize the use of commercial fertilizer. The dairy operation also uses crop-rotation techniques to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides.

Prairieland Dairy also understands the value of water and has adopted a process to recycle and re-use water at every stage of their farm operation. First, the water is used to cool the chilling system in the milking parlor. From there water is piped to the cow barn where it provides drinking water for the herd or feeds the spray misters that keep the cows cool during the hot Nebraska summers. Clean facilities are also important at Prairieland, so water from the chillers is also used to clean and sanitize the facilities. After the water is used for cleaning it is captured and pumped into the irrigation pond where is can be used to water crops and provide the moisture needed to make Prairieland Gold compost.

 

 

 

At Prairieland Dairy, the 1400 cows are part of the family. The farm operates 24/7 on a well-regulated milking schedule, with the herd being milked three times a day, seven days a week. Prairieland Dairy cows are closely monitored. Each cow wears an ankle bracelet that transmits specific information on the status of their health. This assures the cows receive the care they need to remain healthy while confirming only the best milk makes it to your table. In the midst of a hot Nebraska day, our cows are regularly misted with water to cool off and provided enough water to stay hydrated. After the cows are milked, they return to the Prairieland barns. Built strategically for sustainability, the barns provide shelter from the elements and are filled with sand beds for each cow to lounge. The beds allow the Prairieland Dairy herd to relax comfortably, as the sand forms to their heavy bodies and provides relief after each milking. The barns are also where the cows enjoy their meals, a feed made from plants grown in the Prairieland Dairy fields and a balance of nutrients to keep the herd healthy and produce the highest quality of milk.

Prairieland Dairy completes its full circle of sustainability by turning the farm’s organic waste into a rich compost called “Prairieland Gold.” The compost is cultivated from cow manure and food-waste from local communities, schools and sporting arenas. Prairieland Gold compost is used as a natural soil amendment to build your earthworm and microbe population in gardens, lawns and landscapes. (Source: http://www.prairielanddairy.com)

Prairieland Dairy is truly one of this country’s most prized dairy farms and a great farm to tour.

 

 

 

 

Check out Pairieland Dairy’s Website for more on their story, store finder, recipes, products, tours and much more!

 

 

 

Gardening & Educational Activities

Curriculum

Lesson Plans

Taste Test Activities

 

Policy

Other Resources

  • University of Nebraska Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources: UNL Foods: https://food.unl.edu/
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Find a NAP SACC Trainer

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assesment for Child Care (NAP SACC)

NAP SACC Trainers in Nebraska

Contact the NAP SACC Trainer in your area for more information.

Local Health Departments and Non-Profit Organizations:

NameOrganizationE-mail AddressPhone #Area Covered
Emily HulseTeach a Kid to Fishemilyhulse1@gmamil.com402-570-4113Lincoln, NE
Arli BousteadLiveWell Omaha Kids/Alegentarli.boustead@alegent.org402-215-3721Douglas, Cass, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties
Kaise RecekEast Central District Health Departmentkcrecek@ecdhd.com402-563-9656Platte, Colfax, Nance and Boone Counties
Chris BlankeFour Corners Health Departmentchrisb@fourcorners.ne.gov402-362-2621Butler, Polk, Seward and York Counties
Kori KingElkhorn Valley Public Health Departmentkori@elvphd.org402-529-2233Madison, Stanton, Burt and Cuming Counties

UNL Extension:

Name

OrganizationE-mail AddressPhone #Area Covered
Donnia BehrendsUNL Extensiondbehrends2@unl.edu402-472-6528Lancaster County
Natalie SehiUNL Extensionnsehi2@unl.edu402-472-3781Lancaster County
Karen WobigUNL Extensionkwobig2@unl.edu402-441-7180Lancaster County
Carol SchwarzUNL Extensioncarol.shwarz@unl.edu308-236-1235Buffalo County
Joyce ReichUNL Extensionjoyce.reich@unl.edu

402-274-4755

Cass, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha & Pawnee Counties
Kathy KneiflUNL Extensionkatherine.kneifl@unl.edu

402-727-2775

Platte, Boone, Nance & Colfax Counties
Carrie Schneider-MillerUNL Extensioncschneidermiller2@unl.edu402-444-7804Douglas/Sarpy Counties
Audra LoseyUNL Extensionalosey2@unl.edu402-444-7804Douglas/Sarpy Counties
Cindy BrisonUNL Extensioncbrison1@unl.edu402-444-7872Douglas/Sarpy Counties
Nancy UrbanecUNL Extensionnurbanec1@unl.edu402-444-7872Douglas/Sarpy Counties
Sandy PrestonUNL Extensionsandy.preston@unl.edu402-584-3830Dixon County
Destiny MostekUNL Extensiondestiny.mostek@unl.edu308-385-5088Hall County
Cami WellsUNL Extensioncami.wells@unl.edu308-385-5088Adams/Hall County
Sonya GlupUNL Extensionsglup2@unl.edu308-536-2691Boone, Nance & Greeley Counties
Kayla ColgroveUNL Extensionkayla.colgrove@unl.edu402-223-1384Gage, Saline & Jefferson Counties

CACFP Sponsor Organization Consultants:

Name OrganizationE-mail AddressPhone #Area Covered
Brooke AnkersenChild Nutrition Servicesbrookeank@live.com402-806-1738Beatrice, NE area
Kim BasslerMidwest Child Carekbassler@midwestchildcare.org402-659-3411Omaha, NE area
Mary Jo SwansonFamily Servicemswanson@familyservicelincoln.org402-463-8507Hastings, NE arda
Becky BurnsProvider’s Networkbburns@pnicacfp.com402-202-9879Lincoln, NE area
Andrea WrightHeartland Family Servicesawright@heartlandfamilyservice.org402-457-7769Omaha, NE area
Deb FloresPanhandle Family Child Caredflores@scottsbluffhousing.org308-631-7828Scottsbluff,
NE area
Lisa BensonProvider’s Networklbenson1980@yahoo.com402-276-8445Columbus, NE area
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For Child Care Centers

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assesment for Child Care (NAP SACC)

Child Care Center NAP SACC Resources

NAP SACC Self-Assessments

For Home ProvidersFor Child Care Centers
Child NutritionChild Nutrition
Infant and Child Physical ActivityInfant and Child Physical Activity
ScreentimeScreentime
Outdoor Play and LearningOutdoor Play and Learning
Breastfeeding and Infant FeedingBreastfeeding and Infant Feeding

NAP SACC Best Practices

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Events

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC)

Events

Healthier CACFP Awarded to Southeast Community College Child Development Center

Congratulations to the Southeast Community College Child Development Center for being selected for a Healthier CACFP Award! This award, established by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Mountain Plains Region, serves to recognize the outstanding efforts that are made by child care centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

SCCCDC

The Southeast Community College Child Development Center has chosen to place physical activity in the forefront of the program to teach children and their families about the importance of nutrition and wellness. This center offers each child at least 120 minutes of active indoor and outdoor play each day. Making physical activity a part of every child’s day demonstrates the center’s focus on the wellness of their students, as well as its commitment to the health of our nation’s children.

Therefore, the USDA Food and Nutriiton Service, Mountain Plains Region has presented the Honors Healthier CACFP Award to the Southeast Community College Child Development Center in recognition of their exceptional efforts to improve the physical activity for children in their care.

The Nebraska Healthy Childcare Recognition & Awards Ceremony

On September 13, 2013, Nebraska Team Nutrition and Teach a Kid to Fish held “The Nebraska Healthy Childcare Recognition & Awards Ceremony” to honor 35 childcare facilities across the state of Nebraska that have successfully completed the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Childcare (NAP SACC) program and have thus improved the nutrition and wellness policies at their childcare centers. The First Lady of Nebraska, Sally Ganem, was the Guest of Honor at this event and presented each facility with its own framed certificate of completion.

The following centers were awarded: Academic Advantage CCC (3 locations), Aspen CDC, Bryan Health, Cathedral Daycare (Grand Island), CDC ( 2 locations), CEDARS CDC (2 locations), Children’s Place, Christ Kids CCC, Dimensions Early Education Program, Educare of Lincoln, Kids First CCC, Grandma’s CCC (Crete), Jack & Jill Daycare Center (North Platte), Ladybug Crossing CCC (North Platte), Quality Kids CCC (Bellevue), Sugar & Spice CCC (Kearney), Kidtopia (Kearney), La Petite Academy Center (2 locations), Little Kingdom Children’s Center, Noah’s Ark Christian Daycare Center, Northeast Family Center, A Place to Grow Center, Rosemont Daycare Center, Southeast Community College CDC, St. Mark’s Preschool/KIDZONE, Trinity Infant & Childcare Center (2 locations),
UNL Children’s Center, Westminster Preschool, Wesley Center (Norfolk), and Young Voices CCC.

Bryan Health NAP SACC Team

 

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The History of NAP SACC

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC)

The History of NAP SACC

NAP SACC was created in 2002 by a team of child obesity researchers at UNC Chapel Hill in association with colleagues in the Nutrition Services branch at the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Conversations with early care and education providers, families, and experts in child health and education guided NAP SACC’s early development. The team brought these perspectives together with current research and national standards to develop a set of best practices—the most important actions child care programs could take to shape children’s healthy eating and physical activity habits.

In 2008, the Center for Excellence in Training and Research Translation recognized NAP SACC as an effective evidence-based program. They made NAP SACC training and program materials available free of charge on their website, thus bringing NAP SACC to a national audience.  NAP SACC has since been adopted across the US. In 2010, the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity named NAP SACC as one of three innovative early childhood programs to help combat childhood obesity. The NAP SACC program has become a trusted, widely used tool for improving nutrition and physical activity in the child care setting.

Visit www.gonapsacc.org for more information about NAP SACC efforts on a National level!

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For NAP SACC Trainers

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assesment for Child Care (NAP SACC)

Trainer Resources

NAP SACC Continuing Education Workshops

NAP SACC Continuing Education Workshop Resources

NAP SACC Self-Assessments:

For Home ProvidersFor Child Care Centers
Child NutritionChild Nutrition
Infant and Child Physical ActivityInfant and Child Physical Activity
ScreentimeScreentime
Outdoor Play and LearningOutdoor Play and Learning
Breastfeeding and Infant FeedingBreastfeeding and Infant Feeding

NAP SACC Best Practices

NAP SACC Recruitment Tools

NAP SACC Trainer Helps

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What is NAP SACC?

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC)

What is NAP SACC?

The goal of NAP SACC is to assist child care facilities in improving their nutrition and physical activity environments, including policies and practices, for the prevention of obesity in children ages 0-5.  This is done through the use of a child care nutrition and physical activity self-assessment, goal setting, educational tools, and technical support from NAP SACC Trainers, which are local health professionals.

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Frequently Asked Question about Feeding Infants on the CACFP

Feeding infants – frequently asked questions

Do you have a question regarding feeding infants on the CACFP? Email us. Answers to your questions will be posted on this page. Updated: 01/09/04

Q: What do we do if a parent mixes cereal with infant formula and brings that to the center in a bottle? Can/should we serve this?

If a parent brings their own formula mixed with cereal, the center should request a medical statement in order for that formula to meet meal pattern requirements.

If there is no medical reason for the cereal to be added to the formula, the center could request that the parent bring the formula and cereal separately and then feed the infant the cereal from a spoon.

Q: If the child’s formula is not on the approved list of formulas and it is brought to the center by the parent, is a medical statement needed to claim the child’s meals for reimbursement?

According to page 23 of Feeding Infants “Iron-fortified infant formula is required to meet the meal pattern.” If the parents furnish a formula that is not on the approved list, the parents must also furnish a medical statement for the formula they choose.

Q: A parent has accepted the formula provided by the center. The center provides the formula to the infant for three reimbursable meals. Can the parent provide the formula for non-reimbursed meals at the center? This could occur if the child has five meals at the center.

A: The center needs to provide the formula for meals which will be claimed for reimbursement. The parents would be responsible for providing the formula for the non-reimbursable meals. Centers may choose to provide formula for the non-CACFP meals if they want to.

USDA has issued the following answers to these questions regarding feeding infants on the CACFP
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, January 7, 2000

Q: When an infant is transitioning from breast milk to formula, it is common to provide the infant with both foods, to gradually ease the infant into consuming formula in place of breast milk. During this transition period, when an infant is receiving both breast milk and formula, is the meal reimbursable?

A: Yes. From birth through 7 months, any one meal which contains some quantity of breast milk is reimbursable. Similarly, meals containing only infant formula are also reimbursable.

Q: If the mother comes into the day care home or center where her child is in care and breastfeeds her infant, is the meal reimbursable?

A: No. While we support all efforts for mothers to breastfeed their infants, it is our intention that the provider must provide some type of “service” in order to be reimbursed for a meal. The interim rule authorizes meals as reimbursable if the provider bottle feeds an infant breast milk that has been previously expressed by the mother, as it takes effort to prepare the bottle and feed the baby.

Q: Is the meal reimbursable if a provider breastfeeds her own infant?

A: Yes, as long as the infant is otherwise eligible to receive reimbursement (i.e., the provider is income eligible).

More answers from USDA
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, April 20, 2000

Q: When an infant receives both breast milk and formula, is the meal eligible for reimbursement?

A: Yes, a meal served to an infant under 12 months of age and under which contains some amount of breast milk (and some amount of formula ) is reimbursable as long as the total number of ounces offered to the infant meets, or exceeds, the minimum amount for the milk component as specified in the CACFP infant meal pattern.

Q: Are meals served to children, 12 months and older, reimbursable if they contain infant formula?

A: Yes, for a period of one month, when a child is weaning from infant formula to whole cow’s milk (i.e., transitioning), meals that contain infant formula may be reimbursable. When a child is weaned from formula (or breast milk) to cow’s milk, it is a common practice to provide the infant with both foods at the same meal service, to gradually ease the infant to accept some of the new food. However, unlike breast milk, infant formula is not an alternative type of milk which can be substituted to meet the fluid milk requirement for the CACFP meal pattern for children over the age of one year. (See FNS Instruction 783-7, rev. 1, Milk Requirement—Child Nutrition Programs.) Thus, for a child 13 months of age and older who is not in this transitional stage, a statement from a recognized medical authority is needed for a meal containing infant formula to be eligible for reimbursement (See FNS Instruction 783-2, rev 2, Meal Substitutions for Medical or Other Special Dietary Reasons).

Q: If a physician prescribes whole cow’s milk as a substitute for breast milk for an infant under 12 months of age, is the meal reimbursable?

A: Yes, a meal or snack containing whole fluid cow’s milk and served to an infant under 12 months of age is eligible for reimbursement if the substitution is authorized, in writing, by a recognized medical authority. Similarly, if a recognized medical authority prescribes a formula such as low-iron formula, which is not currently listed as a formula for CACFP, the meal is eligible for reimbursement.

We have always recognized the unique dietary needs of infants and that decisions concerning diet, during this first year of life, are for the infant’s health care provider and parents or guardians to make together. Therefore, to support the request, a medical statement which explains the food substitution or modification is needed. The statement must be submitted and kept on file by the facility or institution.

Q: A mother would like her 5-month old infant to receive breast milk which she provides and solid foods, which are listed as options in the meal pattern. Because the infant is developmentally ready for solid foods, whose responsibility is it to provide them?

A: If an infant is developmentally ready for one or more solid food items and the parent or guardian requests that the infant be served solid foods, the center or provider is responsible for purchasing and serving them to the infant.

The CACFP infant meal pattern takes into consideration that infants develop at different paces. Some food items such as fruit and cereal are listed as options in the infant meal pattern to account for an infant’s “readiness” to accept these foods (i.e., some infants are developmentally ready for solid foods earlier than others). This occurs in the breakfast and lunch/supper meal service for infants 4-7 months of age, and for the snack meal service for infants 8-11 months of age. A child care center or provider must serve a complete meal to every infant or child enrolled in the meal service. Therefore, if a child is developmentally ready for these solid foods, and the parent or guardian requests that the infant is served solid foods, the components are no longer considered as options and should be served to the infant to provide her with the optimal nutrition she needs to develop and grow.

Q: Is a meal reimbursable if the parent or guardian provides the majority of the meal components for infants older than three months?

In addition to medical or special dietary needs, parents may choose to provide one or several of the meal components under the CACFP infant meal pattern for infants older than three months, as long as this is in compliance with local health codes. Because we recognize that parents or guardians are often most in touch with their child’s individual dietary preferences, we believe the CACFP infant meal pattern can accommodate these preferences. In such a case, the center or provider would still be required to provide at least one of the components in at least the minimum quantities specified in the meal pattern in order for the meal to be reimbursable. Centers and sponsoring organizations also need to ensure that the parent or guardian is truly choosing to provide the preferred component(s), and that the center or provider has not solicited (requested or required) the parent or guardian to provide the components in order to complete the meal and reduce cost to the center or provider.

Q: If a mother comes to the day care home or center to nurse her infant, is the meal reimbursable?

No. Although we strongly support all efforts for mothers to breastfeed their infants, we believe that the caregiver must provide some type of service in order to be reimbursed for a meal. CACFP reimburses child care facilities for the cost of preparing and serving nutritious meals and snacks to infants and children receiving day care. In the case of breastfed infants, CACFP reimburses the facility for the cost of preparing the bottle and feeding the infant. When a parent nurses her own child, the services for which the center or the provider would receive reimbursement are not being performed.

However, the meal would be reimbursable for infants over 3 months of age who are developmentally ready for solid foods, if at least one other component is furnished by the center or provider. For example, if a mother comes to the day care home for lunch meal service to breastfeed her 5 month old infant and the provider supplies a serving of vegetables (listed as options in infant meal pattern for lunch for infants aged 4-7 months), the meal is reimbursable.

Q: If a day care home provider breastfeeds her own infant, is the meal eligible for reimbursement?

Yes, a day care provider who nurses her own infant may claim reimbursement for the meal as long as she is eligible to claim reimbursement for meals and snacks served to her own child. In this case, the meal is reimbursable because the mother (provider) is actively engaged with the child. Thus, unlike a mother who comes into a center or home to breastfeed an infant, the provider is being reimbursed for her services – the time and effort she expends breastfeeding her own infant.

Q: Cottage cheese is a meat alternate in the lunch and supper meal pattern for infants aged 8 through 11 months. How much cottage cheese must be offered to fulfill the meat/meat alternate meal pattern requirement?

Cottage cheese, cheese food, and cheese spread are acceptable meat alternates in the CACFP infant meal pattern. An error in the meal pattern tables in sections 210.10(m)(2)(iii)(C), 210.10a(h)(3), and 226.20(b)(4) incorrectly measures the amount of cheese in tablespoons. The correct amount which may be offered as a meat alternate to infants, aged 8 through 11 months, is 1 to 4 ounces.

Q: Is yogurt an allowable meat alternate in the infant meal pattern?

The Office of Analysis, Nutrition and Evaluation plans to issue a memorandum on the use of yogurt in the CACFP infant meal pattern in the future.

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