To participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), your child or adult care center must follow a meal pattern that is specific to the age range of the children or adults you serve. The meal pattern provides a guide that ensures healthy, balanced meals and snacks are served to the participants at your center.

The CACFP Meal Pattern Consists of 5 Meal Components

Different combinations of these 5 meal components are required to meet the CACFP meal pattern for breakfast, lunch/supper, and snacks. Water must be offered and made available at all times. To learn more about what is required for each meal type by participant age or to learn more about following the CACFP meal pattern, check out the following links from both the USDA and Partners In Quality Care:


We can help you build a creditable menu that works for you and your center!
For specific nutrition questions contact our nutrition specialist, Jessica.