New Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Meal Patterns Guidelines

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2016 revised the CACFP meal patterns to ensure children and adults have access to healthy, balanced meals throughout the day. The changes to the infant meal pattern support breastfeeding and the consumption of vegetables and fruit without added sugars.

Under the new child and adult meal patterns, meals served will include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat. These changes are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, scientific recommendations from the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics and stakeholder input. CACFP centers and day care homes must comply with the new meal patterns by October 1, 2017.

>>See the 2016 guidelines here in a deck of slides from USDA


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