October 3, 2018

October 2018

CDA Nutrition Update

October is upon us and the new CACFP Meal Pattern requirements are now mandatory. We were allowed a grace period over the past year to adjust to the changes and we feel certain that our CDA Providers are ready to claim with confidence! Keep your Meal Pattern posted in your food prep area for easy reference, check your menus to ensure they are in line with the current requirements, and reach out to us if you have any questions. We are here to help and we want you to receive your full reimbursement every month, so if there is anything you need, let us know!


The New Meal Pattern is now mandatory. Starting October 1st of this year, meals that do not meet the new Meal Pattern guidelines will be disallowed. We want you to receive your full reimbursement, so please ensure that:

  • at least one Whole Grain item has been offered and claimed each day,
  • breakfast cereals do not exceed their sugar limit,
  • yogurts do not exceed their sugar limit,
  • eggs are claimed a maximum of 3 times per week at breakfast,
  • infants are claimed for breastmilk or formula only until developmentally ready to have all required items at meals and snacks,
  • children one year of age are offered whole milk, and
  • children aged 2 years and up are offered 1% or fat-free milk.
  • Juice is limited to one serving per day per facility (not per child). For example, if juice is claimed at AM snack and  PM snack on the same day, one snack will be disallowed.

Save your labels! The State of California requires that you save labels for certain foods that you claim regularly in your CACFP meals. You should have the following labels available for your Monitor or State Auditor to view at a visit:

  • Bread/grains you serve,
  • Cereals you serve, and
  • Yogurt that you serve.

Foster Form Renewals for the new fiscal year 2018/2019 must be completed as of October, 2018 for all foster children in your home and returned to the office no later than October 19th, 2018. Remember to date your forms for October 1st, 2018.

Minute Menu will be giving away $500 worth of gift cards to Providers using scanner/bubble forms who attend their new 20 minute KidKare webinar in the month of October! There are multiple days and times available, so get signed up at www.help.kidkare.com!

Annual Renewals continue this month. By regulation, enrollments must be renewed annually. We will be sending a letter with instructions if you claim on-line. If you claim using scanner forms, we will mail your Annual Renewal Report along with a letter of instructions. It is very important to follow the instructions. The Annual Renewals will be sent as follows:

If your last name starts with the letter:

A – F: Your renewals were due July 15th. If you have not yet submitted them, please do so immediately.

G – L: Your renewals were due August 15th. If you have not yet submitted them, please do so immediately.

M – R: Your renewals were due Sept. 15th. If you have not yet submitted them, please do so immediately

S – Z: Due Oct. 15th (mailed out at the end of September)

It is important that your Annual Renewal Report is dated and submitted in the month that it is due, not before or after that date.


Pumpkin Pancakes


  • 1 cup flour (enriched)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt


Combine the milk, egg, pumpkin, and yogurt in a large bowl. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon and stir to combine. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. When hot, spoon batter onto the skillet to form pancakes and cook until browned on both sides. Serve with fresh fruit and milk!


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