The meals and snacks you provide must be nutritious for the children and encourage healthy eating. Below are guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP):
- Breakfast. Includes one serving of juice, fruit or vegetable, one serving of grains/breads and one serving of milk.
- Lunch/Supper. Includes a meat or meat alternate, two servings of vegetables or fruits, one serving of grains/breads and a milk. Meat alternates may consist of protein such as cheese, yogurt, eggs, cooked dry beans or peas or peanuts or other nuts. The USDA resource provided gives you specific information.
- Snacks. Includes two items from the following list: meat or meat alternate, vegetable, fruit or juice and grains/breads.
When you add fresh foods that are in season to your menu, you add variety to the meals and help reduce your food costs.
CACFP is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It helps programs plan nutritious meals and snacks that serve 2.9 million children in child care each day. More information is available on their website here.