Healthy Food Program Updates & Policies
Smoothies Offered in Child Nutrition Programs — Memo CACFP 05-2014 (v.2)
As fruit, vegetable, milk, and yogurt, smoothies are an increasingly common food item in the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP), the guidance on smoothies has been modified. This memo replaces previous guidance on smoothies. Milk may be credited toward the fluid milk requirement in smoothies prepared by program operators to meet meal pattern requirements for lunch and breakfast. Fruits and vegetables may be credited as juice* in smoothies prepared by program operators to meet meal pattern requirements for lunch and breakfast. Yogurt may be credited as a meat alternate in smoothies prepared by program operators. Grains cannot be credited when served in a smoothie.
*100% fruit or vegetable juice, and 100% fruit and vegetable juice blends and fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables. Pureed vegetables and fruits, when served in a smoothie, credit as juice, (i.e. not more than 50 percent of the daily offerings in the CACFP).
Refer to the CACFP Memo 05 2014 (v.2) which includes additional Q and A’s for guidance and clarification
Statements Supporting Accommodations for Children with Disabilities in the Child Nutrition Programs — Memo CACFP 13-2015
The USDA recently released CACFP Memo 13-2015 to expand the list of acceptable medical professionals that may sign a medical statement for meal accommodations in the Child Nutrition Programs and recommend alternate foods for children whose disability restricts their diets.
Many states have laws which permit specific state-recognized medical professionals to treat patients and write medical prescriptions. For Child Nutrition Programs in Illinois, a medical authority includes licensed physicians, chiropractic physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
While this policy has not changed in Illinois, we recently updated Chapter Four of the CACFP Administrative Manual to directly state this for Meal Requirements. The update was made in Section 4.7 Food Substitutions and Modifications, for the Physicians Statement for Food Substitutions, where an incorrect list of recognized medical authorities previously was listed. Please make a note of this change to any hard copies of the Administrative Handbook you use.
For more information, refer directly to the memo online.
Infant Feeding in the CACFP — Memo CACFP 14-2015
The USDA recently issued this memo with the purpose to consolidate, clarify, and provide additional guidance on infant formula and meal requirements in the CACFP.
The memorandum extends the length of time refrigerated breast milk may be stored at a center or child care home, updates guidance on creditable infant formulas, allows centers and child care homes to serve infant foods containing DHA, and addresses frequently asked questions.
For more information, refer directly to the memo, CACFP 14-2015.