On June 2nd, 2011, first Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the federal government's new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices and to seek more information to help them do that by going to the myplate.gov website. MyPlate is part of a larger communications initiative based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) establish the scientific and policy basis for all Federal nutrition programs, including research, education, nutrition assistance, labeling, and nutrition promotion. The DGA offer advice for healthy Americans ages 2 years and over about making food choices that promote health and reduce disease risk. The DGA provides a consistent, science-based foundation for nutrition efforts by the various government agencies. All federally-issued dietary guidance for the general public is required by law to be consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
As recommended in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, these recipes will help you add variety to your menus with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain products. All of the recipes were carefully developed and tried—and retried—for product quality, consistency, and yield. They are written for 25 and 50 servings, so they can easily be adjusted to serve larger or smaller groups. From old favorites like Pancakes and Sloppy Joes, to popular dishes like Taco Salad and Mexican Pizza, these recipes will help you put together and serve great-tasting, nutritious meals and snacks that children will love.
It is a big – and very important – job to plan, purchase, prepare, and serve nourishing meals for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Child Nutrition Programs. Every day, your work helps fi ght hunger and improve the nutritional health of children in America. Whether you are serving food to a small number of children or adults or thousands of students, you need to think carefully about each meal. The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs is designed to help you in two important ways: 1. It will help you buy the right amount of food and buy it most economically whether you use one of the food-based or the nutrient standard menu planning approaches. 2. For the food-based menu planning options, it will help you deter mine the specifi c contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern re quire ments. This is necessary to ensure that meals provide needed nour ish ment and meet program requirements for reimbursement.
The goal of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is to improve the health and nutrition of children and adults in the program, while promoting the development of good eating habits through the use of nutrition education. This handbook is a supplementary resource prepared to provide additional information on creditable foods in child and adult care centers, outside school hours care centers, and family day care homes.
This guide is intended primarily for use by those who care for and feed infants under 12 months of age and participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This guide is designed to provide nutrition guidance and is not inclusive of all current Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) policy memoranda, FNS Instructions, or program regulations relating to infants in Child Nutrition Programs.