CACFP Resources
Policy Documents
CACFP At-Risk For Schools and CACFP Providers
CACFP At-Risk For Schools and CACFP Providers - The CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Program provides reimbursements to approved CEs for meals served during the school year after the regular school day ends or during a weekend, holiday, or school break other than summer. To be reimbursed, the snack and/or supper must be served in combination with an educational or enrichment activity. A school, school district, or child care provider can complete an application to offer the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Program for its campuses.
CACFP Crediting Handbook CACFP Crediting Handbook - A supplementary resource to the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs that contains additional information on creditable foods served in child and adult care centers.
CACFP Center Sites and Sponsors Brochure CACFP Center Sites and Sponsors Brochure - Sites and sponsors can be as varied as the individual Texans they serve. This brochure explains the different CACFP responsibilities for sites and sponsors.
CACFP Menu Planning Guide CACFP Menu Planning Guide - This guide provides 16 weeks of menus, 120 recipes and 8 shopping lists for two week cycles that meet the CACFP Meal Pattern.
Crediting Store-Bought Combination Baby Foods
Crediting Store-Bought Combination Baby Foods - These worksheets can be used to empower CACFP providers and operators with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to implement CACFP infant meal pattern requirements. *NEW*
Education Service Centers
Education Service Centers - Regional Education Service Centers are valuable resources for schools across Texas.
Feeding Infants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
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! Click here for the Trainer’s Tools.
Healthy Eating for Preschoolers
Healthy Eating for Preschoolers - This participant handout from WIC, available in both English and Spanish, provides healthy eating tips and provides a daily food checklist for 2-5-year old children.
Meal Pattern Brochure
Meal Pattern Brochure - This brochure outlines the steps contracting entities (CE) can take to meet CACFP meal patterns.
Mealtimes With Toddlrs
Mealtimes with Toddlers - This resource assists CACFP operators in meeting meal pattern requirements and creating positive mealtime environments for children 1-2 years. View the 2-3 minute videos available in English and Spanish on the following hot topics:
  • Assist Children in Learning How to Feed Themselves
  • Encourage Children to Try New Foods
  • Choose the Right Type of Milk to Serve Children in the CACFP

Milk Flyer
Milk Flyer - This one pager is available in both English and Spanish. Click the link to download the PDF file.
Multicultural Recipe Book
Multicultural Recipe Book - This cookbook for for Child Care Centers, Family Day Homes & Adult Daycare Centers 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.
Serious Deficiency One Pager Serious Deficiency One Pager - The serious deficiency (SD) process offers a systematic way for the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to notify contracting entities (CEs) of serious program problems and provides CEs the opportunity to correct program problems while ensuring due process.
Serving Milk Bingo Serving Milk Bingo - This interactive bingo-style game is designed to reinforce CACFP operators’ knowledge of meal pattern requirements related to milk. This resource can be used as part of in-person or virtual trainings. *NEW*
Snacks That Count
Snacks that Count for Child Care Centers, Family Day Homes & Adult Daycare Centers - This cookbook contains recipes that comply with the CACFPP Meal Pattern.


USDA Resources

Nibbles for Health: Nutrition Newsletters for Parents of Young Children

These colorful and engaging newsletters for parents of young children can be shared by Child and Adult Care Food Program providers to communicate information about popular nutrition topics. There are 12 newsletters available in both English and Spanish. Printed version of materials are available for order by clicking here.

Team Nutrition

Thirty Thursday Training Webinars are pre-recorded trainings on topics related to the CACFP meal pattern requirements. Perfect training sessions if you have thirty minutes and available in both English and Spanish.

Multicultural Child Care Recipes - The 40 recipes in this Team Nutrition collection will add the flavors from different cultures and regions to child care menus. Available in yields of 6, 25, and 50 servings. Available for download in English and Spanish.


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Downloadable Outreach Materials
Menu Calendar Templates 2020-2021

Menu Calendar Templates 2020-2021
TDA's fun and informative new menu calendar templates for August 2020 - July 2021 include an exciting space theme each month that makes a healthy school meal fun and engaging for students and families. Click the month below to download. (Please note: If the presentation opens in "Slide Master" view, you will first need to exit that mode before filling out the text boxes and printing the calendar.)

January 2021 Enero 2021
February 2021 Febrero 2021
March 2021 Marzo 2021
April 2021 Abril 2021
May 2021 Mayo 2021
June 2021 Junio 2021
July 2021 Julio 2021


Menu Calendar Templates 2021-2022
Menu Calendar Templates 2021-2022
TDA's creative new menu calendar templates for August 2021 - July 2022 include a monthly theme to "Feed Your Creativity," helping to inform and engage students and families about school meals.
August/Agusto 2021 January/Enero 2022
September/Septiembre 2021 February/Febrero 2022
October/Octubre 2021 March/Marzo 2022
November/Noviembre 2021 April/Abril 2022
December/Deciembre 2021 May/Mayo 2022

June/Junio 2022

July/Julio 2022


Meal Pattern Resources
CACFP Meal Pattern Tip Sheets and Training  Maximize 

Downloadable Meal Pattern Planning Tools from USDA  Maximize 

USDA Training Worksheets  Maximize 


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

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