The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published the final rule for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This rule is effective June 24, 2016. Compliance with the provisions of this rule must begin October 1, 2017.

The final rule strengthens nutrition standards for food and beverages served to young children and others in day care settings. CACFP meals will now offer more whole grains, a greater variety of vegetables and fruits, and less added sugars and solid fats. The science-based standards introduced in this final rule will elevate the nutritional quality of meals and snacks provided under CACFP to better align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and to be consistent with the meals children receive as part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).

The 4-week cycle menus are examples for you to use as is or modify to fit your program needs.  Review the Tip Sheet when planning, preparing, and serving your menus.

Adult Day Care

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and regional Education Service Centers will offer training and technical assistance to ensure contracting entities (CE) have the resources needed to successfully incorporate the new meal pattern revisions into their programs. Look for additional information and resources from TDA at

Click the links below to open each one page information sheet:

Overview of the 5 Allowances       

Downloadable Meal Pattern Planning Tools from USDA

USDA Training Worksheets

Feeding Infants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

The USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative is excited to announce the release of "Feeding Infants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program."
This guide supports Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators in implementing the CACFP infant meal pattern requirements and best practices for infant feeding, including information on:
• CACFP infant meal pattern,
• developmental readiness for solid foods,
• hunger and fullness signs,
• handling and storing breastmilk and infant formula,
• creditable foods, and more!

 USDA has issued a press release with additional details. Also USDA has a new web page that includes the following information about the nutrition standards for CACFP Meals and Snacks:

  • One-Page Summaries of the New Meal Standards
  • New Meal Standards Charts
  • Previous Meal Standards Charts
  • Guidance and Technical Assistance

The new USDA web page is located at

Milk Flyer and Parent Flyer 
The one pagers below are available in both English and Spanish. Click the image to download the PDF.

Multicultural Recipes for Child Care Centers, Family Day Homes & Adult Daycare Centers 

The cookbook below contains recipes featuring foods that reflect the cultural diversity of the Lone Star State. Children and adults have tested and approved these delicious and healthy recipes. Try a few of the recipes and enjoy a fun, educational and very tasty multicultural dining experience. 

CACFP Menu Planning Guide provides 16 weeks of menus, 120 recipes and 8 shopping lists for two week cycles that meet the CACFP Meal Pattern. 


All the changes in the updated CACFP meal pattern can be implemented by NSLP School Food Authorities as early as July 1, 2017 and no later than October 1, 2017. CEs do not need to notify TDA that they will begin early implementation. However, CEs will need to document their implementation in Food Production Records and menus as appropriate.

Snacks that Count for Child Care Centers, Family Day Homes & Adult Daycare Centers 
The cookbook below contains recipes that comply with the CACFPP Meal Pattern. 

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

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