13A.18.12.01

.01 Food Service.

A. Food and beverages that are furnished by a provider for meals or snacks, or both, shall comply with the guidelines of the Child and Adult Care Food Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as indicated on a chart supplied by the office.

B. Unless provided by the child’s parent, the provider shall furnish:

(1) All beverages, including beverages for meals and snacks; and

(2) Milk with all meals.

C. A beverage furnished by the provider may not contain an added sweetener or caffeine, except for:

(1) Infant formula: or

(2) A beverage prescribed for a child by a health care provider.

D. If the child is:

(1) Younger than 2 years old, milk furnished to the child shall be supplied or approved by the child’s parent; or

(2) 2 years old or older, milk furnished to the child by the provider shall be 1% fat milk or nonfat milk, unless otherwise ordered by a health care provider or requested by the child’s parent.

E. The provider may arrange with the child’s parent to furnish milk of a type that is different from the milk ordinarily furnished by the provider.

F. Except during approved hours of overnight care, a provider shall serve meals and snacks at intervals of not more than 3 hours according to the following schedule:

If a child is at providers home for: The child shall receive at least:
Less than 4 consecutive hours    1 snack
   4 to 7 consecutive hours    1 meal and 1 snack
   7 to 11 consecutive hours    1 meal and 2 snacks or 2 meals and 1 snack
   11 to 14 consecutive hours    2 meals and 2 snacks or 3 meals and 1 snack

G. If a provider chooses not to provide meals, the provider shall make arrangements with the parent of each child to provide food for meals.

H. A provider shall keep a supply of nutritious food on hand in order to provide food to a child whose parent has not supplied:

(1) Food for meals or snacks; or

(2) Sufficient food to meet the standards of the Child and Adult Care Food Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

I. Menus. A provider shall:

(1) Post in a conspicuous place a weekly planned menu of foods and beverages furnished by the provider for meals and snacks; and

(2) Keep a dated record of food actually served in the home, and to each child on a modified diet, on file for at least 4 weeks, correcting the planned menu if necessary.