Zucchini Bread - Creditable under New CACFP Meal Patterns

Do you like to make zucchini bread?  Now you have the perfect reason to make it - April 25th is Zucchini Bread Day!

What's even better news than that?  Zucchini bread will still be creditable on October 1, 2017, after the improved Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern requirements go into effect.  


So, let's celebrate with some tasty zucchini bread possibilities.

  1. Zucchini Bread - Recipe from What's Cooking
  2. Orange Zucchini Bread - Recipe from Super Healthy Kids
  3. Fiesta Zucchini Bread - Recipe from Colorado Healthier Meals for Healthier Kids Menu and Recipes, Page 4 (smallest yield 25).  Check out the larger toolkit, section 2, for incorporating the bread into learning about the kitchen and food in your program.

Do you have a favorite zucchini bread recipe?  Please share.  Do you have some good ideas for involving the children?  Mixing the batter is always a good one, what else?

Grains in CACFP

Several parts of the standard for the grain component are changing for participants of the CACFP in October.  A few big changes are:

  1. programs are required to serve one whole grain during the day, 
  2. grain-based deserts are no longer creditable, and
  3. sugar in breakfast cereals.

Facts and Resources


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

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 ChildCareInfo.com 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 ChildCareInfo.com.