Win Over Picky Eaters
Create a kid friendly environment for children to try new foods.
Make Food Fun
Associate new foods with positive experiences.
Make Mealtime Enjoyable
Create a nurturing environment for your senior population.
Meal Appeal Initiative for CACFP

Read the first five of the Top 10 Easy Wins below
to learn how to boost your meal appeal
 download the full resource here.

CACFP Top 10 Wins

Child nutrition professionals can use Meal Appeal Initiative for CACFP tools and ideas to create healthy meals that look appealing, taste great and comply with federal requirements. In anticipation of the updated CACFP meal pattern, this site provides tools to move ahead of the curve and offer a variety of foods, as well as introduce new foods, that children are sure to enjoy.

Click on one of the buttons to the left to get started! TDA has collected these best practices and planning tools in an easy-to-use format in order to strengthen your child nutrition program and reduce waste. The result – more children and adults embracing the 3E’s of Healthy Living – Education, Exercise and Eating Right, and a stronger Texas.

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The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) lists these resources and providers as a service to school nutrition professionals.
This list does not constitute an endorsement or verification of accuracy on the part of TDA.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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