SDE: Meal Patterns for CACFP Child Care Programs

Meal Patterns for CACFP Child Care Programs

CACFP  |   Forms  |   Operational Memos  |   Program Guidance  |   Resources

{Children eating lunch of chicken and vegetables}

The new CACFP meal patterns take effect 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 (October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2017)
CACFP Meal Patterns Menu Forms Production Records Sample Menus
Operational Memos
For more resources, review the CSDE's Resources for Child Nutrition Programs webpage.
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
Child Nutrition Programs
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
Hartford, CT 06103-1841
Phone: 860-807-2050
Fax: 860-807-2127

Nondiscrimination Statements (USDA and CSDE)

Content Last Modified on 11/15/2017 9:58:24 AM