SDE: Meal Pattern Requirements for CACFP Child Care Programs

Meal Pattern Requirements for CACFP Child Care Programs

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The current CACFP meal patterns for children in CACFP child care centers and family day care homes remain in effect through September 30, 2017. 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.
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. 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 the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and other Child Nutrition Programs.

Current CACFP Meal Patterns
New CACFP Meal Patterns

Current Meal Pattern Current Menu Forms Current Production Records Current Sample Menus

New CACFP Meal Patterns Menu Forms for New Meal Patterns Production Records for New Meal Patterns Sample Menus for New Meal Patterns
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

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