Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns are based on the recommendations by the National Academy of Medicine and the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued CACFP meal pattern requirements only twice: In 1968, when the CACFP program began, and again in 2017.
Under these recommendations, meals and snacks served include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat. In addition, the meal patterns support serving human milk to infants and children at any age as well as encourages breastfeeding. In Minnesota, when food is provided by licensed child care centers, the meals and snacks served to infants and children must comply with the CACFP meal pattern requirements of the USDA (Code of Federal Regulations, title 7, section 226.20).
Offer Versus Serve in Adult Care (15 minutes) - 1/7/20
This training discusses menu planning and meal service to meet OVS guidelines for the Adult Meal Pattern.
Meal Pattern Poster Request Full color, laminated Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) infant, child and adult meal patterns are available. Order meal pattern posters to be mailed to your organization (allow 2-3 weeks for delivery) or you may print or download copies using the links above.