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Optional Best Practices to Further Improve Nutrition in the CACFP

Last Published: 09/28/2017

On April 25, 2016, FNS published the final rule “Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” to update the CACFP meal patterns in accordance with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Along with updating the meal requirements for the CACFP, the Final Rule preamble outlined optional best practices that centers and day care homes may choose to adopt to further improve the nutritional value of the meals they offer. This memorandum outlines those optional best practices and resources to help centers and day care homes implement the best practices in Attachment A. The best practices are a vital tool to encourage centers and day care homes to voluntarily go beyond the regulatory requirements to further strengthen the nutritional quality of the meals they serve.

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