The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published the final rule
for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This rule is effective June 24, 2016. Compliance with the provisions of this rule must begin October 1, 2017.
The final rule strengthens nutrition standards for food and beverages served to young children and others in day care settings. CACFP meals will now offer more whole grains, a greater variety of vegetables and fruits, and less added sugars and solid fats. The science-based standards introduced in this final rule will elevate the nutritional quality of meals and snacks provided under CACFP to better align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and to be consistent with the meals children receive as part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and regional Education Service Centers will offer training and technical assistance to ensure contracting entities (CE) have the resources needed to successfully incorporate the new meal pattern revisions into their programs. Look for additional information and resources from TDA at www.squaremeals.org/cacfpmealpattern. CEs are also encouraged to attend TDA’s annual CACFP Conference July 5 - 7, 2017 in Austin.
Downloadable Tools from USDA
USDA has issued a press release with additional details. Also USDA has a new web page that includes the following information about the nutrition standards for CACFP Meals and Snacks:
- One-Page Summaries of the New Meal Standards
- New Meal Standards Charts
- Previous Meal Standards Charts
- Guidance and Technical Assistance
The new USDA web page is located at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/meals-and-snacks.
Multicultural Recipes for Child Care Centers, Family Day Homes & Adult Daycare Centers
The cookbook below contains recipes featuring foods that reflect the cultural diversity of the Lone Star State. Children and adults have tested and approved these delicious and healthy recipes. Try a few of the recipes and enjoy a fun, educational and very tasty multicultural dining experience.
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Snacks that Count
for Child Care Centers, Family Day Homes & Adult Daycare Centers
The cookbook below contains recipes that comply with the CACFPP Meal Pattern.