Healthy Children - October 2018

Child Care: What Will My Child Eat?

Did you know that our child care site participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)? Meals and snacks served through the CACFP help give preschoolers the nutrients they need to learn, grow, and be healthy. We provide a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein foods. We also offer water throughout the day.

What’s for Lunch?

  • ¾ cup low-fat (1%) milk
  • ¼ cup fruits**
  • ¼ cup vegetables
  • ½ serving of grains (such as a ½ slice of bread or ¼ cup of pasta or rice)
  • 1½ ounce equivalent of meat or meat alternate (such as cheese, yogurt, or beans)

**Portions for children ages 3 to 5.

** Additional vegetables may be served in the place of fruits.

What’s for a Snack?

Snacks can vary. Here are some examples:

Example 1:

  • ½ ounce equivalent of meat or meat alternate
  • ½ cup fruit

Example 2

  • ½ cup vegetables
  • ½ serving of grains

Example 3

  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ serving of grains

Example 4

  • ½ cup vegetables
  • ½ ounce equivalent of meat or meat alternative

*Portions for children ages 3 to 5.