Food Service Operations

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. Related resources are available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Food Service Management Institute (NSFMI), and others.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Links to key USDA memos on Food Service Operations are provided below.



  • Infant Meal Notification Letter  - 3/31/15
    Parent authorization to accept or decline the Child and Adult Care Food Program provision of formula (as selected by family day care homes), infant cereal and baby food.
  • Meal Pattern-Infant  - 10/29/13
    Meal patterns for infants based upon the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Menus and Crediting

Special Dietary Needs