Serving fluid milk is an important component of the CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) guidelines. It must be served at breakfast, lunch and dinner and can be one of the two components you choose to serve at snack for all children who are over 12 months of age. Not everyone is able to drink dairy based milk, and others prefer not to. So how do you know what is an acceptable substitute for milk?
Non-dairy beverages may be substituted for cow’s milk, but they must be equivalent in nutritional value. The CACFP provides the nutritional requirements that must be met for a product to be considered equivalent. The chart below shows the nutritional values per cup needed to meet the CACFP guidelines.