Menu Ideas Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

These are two days on a cycle menu for the Summer which are pre-approved to meet the CACFP Meal Pattern.  We pulled them from the CACFP Menu Planning Guide.  The Luigi's Lasagna and Sloppy Sammies are linked to previous posts with the recipes and how we made them.


1% or Fat Free Milk



1% or Fat Free Milk

Banana Slices



1% or Fat Free Milk

Sloppy Sammies


1% or Fat Free Milk

Luigis Lasagna


Note: Luigis Lasagna and Sloppy Sammies fulfill: fruit/veggie requirement, grain requirement and meat/meat alternate requirement


Banana Slices

Whole Grain Bagel



Cheese Slices


Also, be sure to check out Stacy Ransom's post from last summer about using these cycle menus in her family child care program.


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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building