Meal Patterns for CACFP Child Care Programs


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Meals and snacks served to children in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) must comply with the CACFP meal patterns. 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. 

For information on the meal patterns for infants (birth through 11 months), visit the CSDE's Feeding Infants in CACFP Child Care Programs webpage.

CACFP Meal Patterns for Children 

Meal Pattern Guidance