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Menu Planning Basics: A Guide for CACFP Operators in Child Care


Menu planning is one of the most important steps for successfully managing the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The menu influences all aspects of the food service operation — from food purchasing to meal preparation. What’s more, a carefully planned menu can save time and money while providing balance and variety. Therefore, following good menu planning practices is essential for offering young children nutritious and appealing meals and snacks. This menu planning guide offers some basic information for planning nutritious menus that align with the CACFP.

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