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
- Crediting Tofu and Soy Yogurt Products in the CACFP
- Feeding Infants and Meal Pattern Requirements in the CACFP
- Grain Requirements in the CACFP
- Offer Versus Serve and Family Style Meals in the CACFP
- Questions and Answers on the Updated Meal Pattern Requirements for the CACFP (PDF, 252 KB)
- Vegetable and Fruit Requirements in the CACFP, Q&A (PDF, 91 KB)
NEW Meal Patterns (Effective October 1, 2017)
NEW Meal Pattern Trainings
- Early Implementation Tip Sheets
- Local Foods and Related Activities in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
- NC Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care
- WIC Approved Cereals
- Wisconsin DPI: CACFP Tofu Recipe Guide
Seasonal CACFP Cycle Menus
- CACFP Spring Cycle Menu (DOCX, 933 KB)