New CACFP Meal Standards and the Afterschool Meal Program


The California AfterSchool Network (CAN) provides resources related to the new meal option under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  CACFP centers and day care homes may continue to comply with the earlier meal standards as they transition to the new meal standards. However, all aspects of meals served through the CACFP must meet the new standards no later than October 1, 2017. Afterschool programs are now eligible to either add a meal to their afterschool program (in addition to a snack) or replace their snack with a meal. 

There are many resources available to help you better understand the program and its requirements, discuss this option with your food services director, and get more assistance from the California Department of Education. CAN Afterschool Meal Program Resources can be found here

In addition to the CAN resources, The Food Research & Action Center will be hosting an Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 1:00-2:00pm. Join this call to understand and plan for the new meal pattern and identify supporting nutrition enrichment activities to empower families, support staff and engage children.