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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Meals and Snacks

Last Published: 04/28/2015

Here are the current requirements for serving meals to infants, children, and adults in CACFP. The meal patterns give you guidance on the minimum number of components and amounts of food which must be served as part of a reimbursable breakfast, lunch, supper, or snack.

Current Regulations

CACFP Meal Patterns Proposed Rule

On January 9, 2015, the USDA’s FNS released a proposed rule to update the CACFP meal patterns. Under the proposed changes, children and adults in day care will receive meals with a greater variety of fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, and less sugar and fat. These proposed changes will help ensure children have access to healthy, balanced meals throughout the day and may serve as a foundation for healthy choices for life. This is the first time the CACFP meal patterns have been significantly revised since the program was created in 1968. FNS is proposing incremental changes that are achievable and do not increase costs for providers.

Proposed Rule Materials

How to Comment

FNS is looking for your input on the proposed changes to the meal patterns. The public comment period for the proposed rule that was published on January 15, 2015 (80 FR 2037) has been extended from April 15, 2015 to May 27, 2015. To be assured of consideration, comments must be postmarked on or before May 27, 2015 . All comments must be in writing. No verbal comments will be recorded. You can submit written comments one of two ways:

  1. Visit the Federal Register
  2. Mail your written comments to Tina Namian, Branch Chief, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 66874, St. Louis, MO 63166

Comments should be specific, relevant to issues in the proposed rule, and should explain the reason(s) and/or provide supporting information for any change you recommend or proposal(s) you oppose. When possible, please reference the specific section or paragraph of the proposal you are addressing.

All comments received will be carefully considered in finalizing the rule before it is implemented.