Effective October 1, 2017, Adult Day Centers that obtain meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) must comply with the new meal pattern standards that were delineated in the Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Final Rule that was published in the Federal Register on Monday, April 25, 2016. This new standard is the first major revision of the CACFP meal patterns since the program's inception in 1968.

Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) nearly 120,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the care they receive.

USDA is providing in-person and online trainings and has developed the following new resources and training materials, such as menu planning tools, new and updated recipes, and tip sheets, to ensure successful implementation of the new nutrition standards:

One-Page Summaries of the Updated Meal Standards

Updated Meal Standards Charts

Current Meal Patterns (In effect through September 30, 2017)

CACFP centers may continue to comply with the current meal standards as they transition to the updated meal standards. However, all aspects of meals served through the CACFP must meet the updated standards no later than October 1, 2017. Information on the current meal standards can be found at the links below.

Current Meal Standards Charts

Guidance and Technical Assistance