Resources from the USDA

The USDA has published several flyers regarding the new meal patterns for providers that you may print or save on your computer for easy access. 

Information About Whole Grains

Information About Credible Yogurts

Information About Credible Cereals

Information About Milk

General CACFP Information


New meal patterns went into effect on October 1, 2017! 

The last major changes that occurred in the USDA food guidelines was in 1968.  Times are changing and it is critical that we focus on the health and well-being of all children!

The goals of these changes are to:

  • reduce sodium, added fats, and sugars
  • increase intake of vegetables and whole grains
  • Improve the eating habits of children, which stay with them for a lifetime

The major changes that will become effective in October include:

  • At least once per day, a whole grain must be provided-this may be during any meal or snack
  • At lunch and dinner, at least one vegetable must be served-two vegetables or a fruit and vegetable are credible, but two fruits are not
  • The sugar limit for cereal has been reduced to 6g per serving and for yogurt, 23g per 6oz.
  • Whole milk must be served to all children between ages 1 and 2
  • ​Flavored milk will not be credible for any child under 6 years -this includes soy milk
  • Sweet grains (such as cookies, donuts, and granola bars) will no longer be credible-they may still be served, but will not be counted as a component of your meal

                         Serve a variety of foods to increase nutrition throughout the day




Required Components for Meals

Breakfast:

  • Grain
  • Fruit or Vegetable
  • Milk

(meat may be substituted for grain up to 3 X's per week at Breakfast only)

Lunch/Dinner:

  • Meat/Meat Alternate
  • Grain
  • Fruit
  • Vegetable
  • Milk

Snacks (AM, PM, Evening):

Choose TWO components from DIFFERENT food groups: Grain, Meat/Meat Alternate, Fruit, Vegetable, Milk



CACFP Guidelines

MDC Child and Adult Care Food Program

 253-284-7865

                                                                                                      800-843-9317

                                                                     945 Fawcett Tacoma, WA 98402