Meal Patterns

The resources on this page include meal patterns currently in place and revised meal patterns that are effective October 1, 2017. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revised the Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP) meal patterns to ensure children and adults have access to healthy, balanced meals. Resources and guidance for implementing the new meal patterns are also available on this page.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Links to key USDA memos on meal patterns.


Meal Pattern-effective October 1, 2017

Forms and Guidance

  •  pdf iconPDF  - 11/6/17
    Summary of the new CACFP meal pattern changes, effective October 1, 2017.
  • New Meal Pattern Training Tools for the Child and Adult Care Food Program  - 1/8/18
    Staff training made easy. PowerPoints, videos and handouts on the new meal patterns.

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Helping Programs Successfully Plan Meals

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