Statement of CSPI Nutrition Policy Director Margo G. Wootan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture update of the meal patterns and nutrition guidelines for child care facilities that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program will mean healthier eating for young children across the country.

The update will ensure kids get more water, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and less added sugars, deep-fried foods, and saturated fat. Who can argue with not counting cookies as the grain component in meals for little kids?

A quarter of 2- to 5-year-olds are overweight or obese, and few consume enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for good health. The new CACFP nutrition guidelines will help to set young children up for success by ensuring they receive more wholesome and nutritious meals and snacks from an early age. rom an early age.