Meal Appeal for CACFP

Child nutrition professionals can use Meal Appeal tools and ideas to create healthy meals that look appealing, taste great and comply with federal requirements. This site provides tools to move ahead of the curve and offer a variety of foods, as well as introduce new foods, that children are sure to enjoy.
If you would like to share tips for how to boost meal appeal, please submit your ideas to


Choose an age group below to access best practices, planning tools and more resources!
Resources for Adults
Resources for Children Resources for Infants

Click on the image below to download the new Meal Appeal Toolkit for CACFP

Click the image below to download the Top 10 Easy Wins to boost your meal appeal!
the Top 10 Easy Wins to boost your meal appeal!

Family Style Meal Service
Use these Family Style Meal Service resources to help you prepare and support children, train staff, and meet CACFP meal pattern requirements to successfully serve meals family style.

NEW! School Meals Design Guide
This No Kid Hungry-created guide contains ready-to-use activities and tools for nutrition teams to make meal programs more student-centered.


Activating Students – activities and tools to include students in the meal program design and gain authentic insights on the participants served.

Engaging Caregivers – activities to help engage with caregivers into the planning process and build trust in the community around the meal programs.

Connecting with Community resources on how to engage the broader community and collaboratively design meal programs.

Human-Centered Design 101 - resources to help center students and communities in the meal design process.

CACFP Breakfast Menu Planners - Explore the Breakfast menu planner from Team Nutrition that contains sample menus, checklists, menu planning activities, and recipes. Available in English and Spanish.

CACFP Snack Menu Planners - Explore the Snack menu planner from Team Nutrition that contains sample menus, checklists, menu planning activities, and recipes. Available in English and Spanish.


The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) lists these resources and providers as a service to school nutrition professionals.
This list does not constitute an endorsement or verification of accuracy on the part of TDA.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help. Additional translations services available as well.

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