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Milk Requirements in the CACFP

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Milk is an essential part of a child’s healthy diet. It is the main source of calcium in the American diet, and it is packed with protein, calcium, and vitamin D.

 

Why Do I Need to Serve Whole Milk to One Year Old Children?

Children under the age of two need fat for brain and nerve growth and development. After age two, growth slows significantly and children need relatively less fat.

 

Why Do I Need to Serve Fat-Free or Low-Fat Milk to Children Over 2 Years of Age?

Choosing fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products provide the same important nutrients but with less fat and fewer calories. See the Whole Milk vs. Skim Milk Comparison chart. Many children eat far more fat than they need. Limiting fat in milk is unlikely to lead to a deficiency and helps children maintain a healthy weight. In some cases, low-fat milk actually has more of certain nutrients than whole milk.

 

If I Have A One Year Old and A Two-Year-Old at The Same Meal, Do I Need to Serve Them Different Types of Milk?

Yes, the fat content of the milks served need to meet CACFP meal pattern requirements for different age groups in order to be reimbursable.

 

How Do I Make the Switch?

Some children will not notice the switch from whole milk to lower fat milks. If they do, it may help to transition slowly. CACFP will allow a one-month transition after children turn two years old. Try mixing whole milk and low-fat milk gradually increasing the proportion of low-fat milk. The same can be done to switch from low-fat to fat-free milk.

 

 

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