Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has resources available to assist sponsors with menu planning, food production, meal pattern compliance and special dietary needs. Sample forms are also available for use in maintaining records necessary to document compliance with program meal requirements. Resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Food Service Management Institute (NSFMI) and others are available as links.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Links to key USDA memos on Food Service Operations are provided below.
Food Safety and Sanitation
The adult care meal patterns used in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Meal Pattern-Afterschool Snack
Meal pattern requirements for the Afterschool Snack component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
The child care meal patterns used in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Meal patterns for infants based upon the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Family Style Meals
Benefits of family style meals and tips for successfully implementing family style meal service in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Meal Service Styles
This document describes the different ways that meals can be served to CACFP participants. It includes descriptions of pre-plated, family style, combination and cafeteria style types of meal service.