Meals and Snacks

Last Published: 06/18/2015

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

Public Comments

The public comment period for the proposed rule (80 FR 2037) was open from January 15, 2015 through May 27, 2015. All comments received are carefully being considered in finalizing the rule before it is implemented.