Arkansas Department of Education Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Meal Pattern Revisions as Related to the HHFKA of 2010 – REQUIRED Changes for Pre K Student Meals in Public Schools

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Child Nutrition
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7 CFR 210.10, 220.8
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Superintendents; Principals

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The purpose of this memo is to provide information about the revised nutrition standards for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meals and snacks.


With revisions of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program meal patterns which began in 2012, School Food Authorities (SFAs) were allowed to provide the same meal pattern for Pre-K students that was provided for students in the K-5 age/grade group.   With the new regulations, SFAs that are providing meals to Pre-K students must comply with the new CACFP meal standards by October 1, 2017.


The new standards for meals and snacks served in the CACFP are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, science-based recommendations made by the National Academy of Medicine, cost and practical considerations, and stakeholder’s input.  These improvements are expected to enhance the quality of meals served in CACFP to help young children learn healthy eating habits early on in their lives and improve the wellness of adult participants.  Additionally, the new CACFP nutrition standards, meals and snacks served will include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, less added sugar, and less saturated fat.


Arkansas Department of Education Child Nutrition Unit (ADE/CNU) will provide information about the CACFP meal pattern revisions in order to assist SFAs in making a smooth transition and assure that all involved with the changes are in compliance with these new regulations.  This will be covered in the December 1, 2016, digital learning provided by ADE.


The CACFP meal patterns, both current and new, are included as attachments to this Commissioner’s memo.


These changes do not apply to meal pattern requirements for grades K-12 under the National School Lunch Program in Arkansas Public Schools.


If you have questions concerning the upcoming changes to the CACFP meal pattern please do not hesitate to contact your Area Specialist at 501-324-9502.




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