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TITLE 26HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
PART 1HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 746MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR CHILD-CARE CENTERS
SUBCHAPTER QNUTRITION AND FOOD SERVICE
RULE §746.3301What are the basic requirements for meal and snack times?

(a) You must serve all children regular meals and morning and afternoon snacks as specified in this subchapter.

(b) The meals and snacks must follow the meal patterns established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that is administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture. You must follow these patterns regardless of whether you are participating in the program for reimbursement.

(c) If you serve breakfast, you do not have to serve a morning snack.

(d) A child must not go more than three hours without a meal or snack being offered, unless the child is sleeping.

(e) You must serve enough food to allow children second servings from the vegetable, fruit, grain, and milk groups.

(f) You must ensure a supply of drinking water is always available to each child at every snack, mealtime, and after active play and is served in a safe and sanitary manner.

(g) You must not serve beverages with added sugars, such as carbonated beverages, fruit punch, or sweetened milk except for a special occasion such as a holiday or birthday celebration.

(h) You must not use food as a reward.

(i) You must not serve a child a food identified on the child's food allergy emergency plan, as specified in §746.3817 of this chapter (relating to What is a food allergy emergency plan?).


Source Note: The provisions of this §746.3301 adopted to be effective September 1, 2003, 28 TexReg 1402; amended to be effective December 1, 2010, 35 TexReg 10238; amended to be effective September 1, 2016, 41 TexReg 6240; transferred effective March 9, 2018, as published in the Texas Register February 16, 2018, 43 TexReg 909; amended to be effective March 10, 2021, 46 TexReg 1479

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