Meals and snacks served to children in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) must comply with the CACFP meal patterns. The new CACFP meal patterns for children began on October 1, 2017, as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) final rule, Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Effective October 1, 2019, serving sizes for grains must comply with the ounce equivalents for creditable grains in Whole Grain-rich Ounce Equivalents for the CACFP.
The final rule requires more whole grains and a greater variety of vegetables and fruits, and reduces the amount of added sugars and solid fats in CACFP meals. It also better aligns the CACFP with other Child Nutrition Programs.
The CACFP meal patterns for children apply to:
- children ages 1-12;
- children through age 18 in at-risk afterschool care centers and emergency shelters;
- children of any age with disabilities; and
- children ages 15 and younger of migrant workers.
CACFP Meal Patterns for Children
(October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2019)
- CACFP Meal Patterns for Children (CSDE)
- Crediting Foods in CACFP Child Care Programs (CSDE)
- CSDE Guide: Meal Pattern Requirements for CACFP Child Care Programs
- Grain Serving Sizes
- October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2019: Serving Sizes for Grains in the CACFP (CSDE)
- Effective October 1, 2019: Whole Grain-rich Ounce Equivalents (Oz Eq) for the CACFP (CSDE)
- Noncreditable Foods in CACFP Child Care Programs (CSDE)
- Special Diets in CACFP Child Care Programs (CSDE)
Go to the Documents/Forms section in the left navigation bar to access the menu forms and production records for the CACFP.