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Meal Patterns & Menu Planning

Information and resources on the federally mandated meal patterns, menu planning options, and meal documentation requirements for all child nutrition programs.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Infant Nutrition Resources
Guidance and resources for child care agencies and school districts serving meals to infants in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs.

Meal Pattern for Adults
Description of meal patterns for adult participants in the adult day care component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Meal Pattern for Older Children
Meal requirements for children ages one through twelve.

CACFP Meal Pattern
Includes new meal pattern (NMP) information, trainings and registration instructions, upcoming conference information, Webinars, resources, and policy guidance for CACFP sponsors.

Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodation for the CACFP and SFSP (DOC)
CNP 925 - This form is used by parents/guardians to have a medical authority prescribe special meals or accommodations during meals.

School Nutrition Programs

Infant Nutrition Resources
Guidance and resources for child care agencies and school districts serving meals to infants in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs.

Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations for the SNP (DOC)
SNP 925 - This form is used by parents/guardians to have a medical authority prescribe special meals or accommodations during meals.

Menu Planning and Production Record Forms
Forms used to determine the amount of food to serve for School Meals Initiative (SMI) menu production.

School Menu Planning Options
Information and resources on the new Food-Based Menu Planning (FBMP) approach for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and current menu planning for the School Breakfast Program (SBP).

Summer Food Service Program

Infant Nutrition Resources
Guidance and resources for child care agencies and school districts serving meals to infants in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs.

Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodation for the CACFP and SFSP (DOC)
CNP 925 - This form is used by parents/guardians to have a medical authority prescribe special meals or accommodations during meals.

Nutrition Requirements External link opens in new window or tab.
USDA information and resources on the menu planning, preparation documentation, and meal patterns for sponsors participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Questions: Education and Nutrition Policy Unit | enpu@cde.ca.gov | 800-952-5609 
Last Reviewed: Friday, April 28, 2017
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