Resources

Teach children about healthy eating that will last them a lifetime. CACFP has resources and publications that will help you put together great tasting, nutritious meals and snacks that children will enjoy.

Publications

Building Blocks for Fun and Healthy Meals – This menu planner contains information on the CACFP meal requirements, advice on how to serve high quality meals and snacks, menu planning, nutrition education ideas and tips, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the USDA Food Guide Pyramid, food safety facts, sample menus, and much more.

Nibbles for Health – Nutrition Newsletters for Parents of Young Children

Menu Magic for Children – Menu Planning Guide for Child Care Homes

Making Nutrition Count for Children – Nutrition Guidance for Child Care Homes

Feeding Infants – A Guide for Use in the Child Nutrition Programs

Building for the Future – CACFP flyer

Resources

MyPyramid for Kids
Child-friendly version of MyPyramid, USDA’s food guidance system. Developed to help motivate children 6-11 years old make healthy food choices and be physically active every day.

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.

Fruits & Veggies-More Matters
More than “5 A Day”? Yes! Check out a new health initiative to help you and your family get “more” healthy and delicious fruits and veggies every day.

Beverage Guidelines for Birth – 12 Years

BAM! Body and Mind
Kids, this is for you! Check out this online destination from CDC, for games, quizzes and more, for your healthy lifestyle! Find cool treat recipes and tips for power packing lunches you’ll love!

SmallStep Kids!
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Games and other activities to help kids learn about healthy eating and physical activity.

TeamNutrition

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

Free Resources Available!

Test Your Food Label Knowledge!
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, DHHS
Short interactive quiz to check your ability to use food labels to make healthful choices.

Nutrition.gov provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers. The Best Nutrition Information at Your Fingertips

Programs

Women, Infants and Children
WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk.

Food Stamp Program

The Food Stamp Program serves as the first line of defense against hunger. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Food stamp recipients spend their benefits to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.