CDRC helps to meet the needs of our families through the implementation of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP provides each child with approximately 80% of their nutrition on a given day. The 5 main components that are served through the CACFP are: milk, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and meat/meat alternates. Full time children are provided with breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.
All meals are served with a family-style dining approach. Children and teachers sit together in small groups and share a meal. Participating in this kind of dining with young children includes many benefits, it:
Encourages children to try a variety of foods/cuisines
Teaches portion control
Promotes social skills
Expands fine motor skills with self-serving
Models manners and how to use utensils
Allows children to see adults making healthy choices
* We are currently not eating family-style due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out our COVID-19 page to see what precautions we are taking.
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Check out these PDFs below for more information from CACPF about what a typical meal would look like and how to grow a healthier future for your child.