Early Implementation for CACFP
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established a new meal pattern for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). All CACFP Contracting Entities (CE) must be in compliance with the meal pattern by October 1, 2017. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is exercising the option to allow early implementation of certain meal pattern changes as allowed by USDA regulation. TDA recognizes the nutritional benefits of these meal pattern options and the greater flexibility they represent to providers. The allowances listed below are not in compliance with current CACFP meal patterns. However, CEs may begin implementing these five allowances on October 1, 2016, and meals that include these allowances may be claimed as a reimbursable meal. The documents below provide information about the five allowances and were developed for CEs. An online training module is available here.

For more information, please contact your local ESC.

Click the links below to open each Early Allowance Overview and one page information sheet:
       Overview of the 5 Early Implementation Allowances       
       1. Breastfeeding On-Site
       2. Nutrient-Rich Foods for Infants
       3. Meat/Meat Alternates in Place of Grains 
       4. Tofu and Soy Yogurt Products Allowed as Meat Alternates
       5. Yogurt in Place of Milk for Adults         

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, 
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:  
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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