CACFP Meal Patterns
Grain Ounce Equivalents
Beginning October 1, 2021, CACFP contracting entities will need to implement the new grain ounce equivalents to determine the amount of grains for meals and snacks. Use the resources below to learn more:

You can view all of these documents, including the Spanish versions, on the USDA's website, which also features helpful tools including a PowerPoint on how to use grain ounce equivalents and a webinar on how to use the Food Buying Guide to calculate grain ounce equivalents.

CACFP meal patterns ensure participating children and adults have access to healthy, balanced meals, laying the foundation for a healthy eating pattern for children and adults in care.

Meal Pattern Charts:

The USDA Training Worksheets below include topics such as grains, whole grain-rich, meal planning, meat, sugar limits, vegetables to empower CACFP providers with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to implement CACFP meal pattern requirements.
Download all of the PDFs here in English and Spanish.

Additional Worksheets:

Visit the CACFP Resources page
to view a downloadable version of the entire CACFP Meal Pattern brochure.

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

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