Meal Patterns for CACFP

The meal patterns provided in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are designed to make it easy for child care providers to offer balanced nutrition in adequate amounts for infants and children.

Meal patterns are provided for Breakfast, Supplement (Snack), and Lunch or Supper, in serving sizes proportional to the child's age. There are special meal patterns for infants, with different requirements for birth through 3 months, 4 months through 7 months, and 8 months through 11 months.

Following the CACFP Meal Pattern Requirements insures that the child care provider can claim a reimbursable meal featuring all of the required components in the right amounts to offer good nutrition for young children.

CARE Connection: Meal Patterns for CACFP resources

USDA CACFP Meal Patterns