CACFP helps make afterschool programs more appealing to at-risk youth by offering nutritious snacks1 in programs serving low-income areas (USDA/FNS, 2000); and
Many CACFP participants also utilize other food programs; consistency in nutrition messages and nutritional benefits contribute to healthier outcomes for participants.
This study is the latest of a series of Institute of Medicine (IOM) studies that USDA has funded as a part of its multipronged effort to update regulations and guidance for several of its food programs. The updates are needed to bring the programs into better alignment with Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) (HHS/USDA, 2005) and with the nutrient reference standards called Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). In August 2008, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of USDA asked the IOM’s Food and Nutrition Board to make recommendations for CACFP meal requirements. This study augments the work done by the IOM to provide recommendations to revise the Nutrition Standards and Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program