Special Nutrition Programs

New Meal Patterns

CACFP centers must be in compliance with the revised meal patterns by October 1, 2017.

USDA revised the CACFP meal patterns to ensure children and adults have access to healthy, balanced meals throughout the day. The changes made were based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, scientific recommendations from the National Academy of Medicine, stakeholder input, and cost and practical considerations. Under the revised meal patterns, meals served will include more whole grains, less saturated fat, a greater variety of fruits and vegetables, and less added sugar.

USDA has updated their CACFP Nutrition Standards web page with great resources on the revised meal pattern.

USDA Policy Memos Related to the NEW Meal Patterns

NEW Meal Patterns (Effective October 1, 2017)

NEW Meal Pattern Trainings

Resources

Seasonal CACFP Cycle Menus