Princeton, N.J.—James S. Marks, MD, MPH, executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released the following statement regarding the final rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture updating nutrition standards for foods and beverages served at facilities participating in the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP).
“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation strongly supports the updated nutrition standards for child care facilities participating in the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP), the first major changes to the program in nearly 50 years.
CACFP is a critical component of our nation’s nutrition safety net, providing meals to more than four million underserved children in child care, day care, and after school care settings. Thanks to the updated standards, CACFP meals will include more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy drinks, with less added sugar, saturated fat, and sodium. The standards are similar to those covering school meals, which have been implemented successfully by more than 98 percent of school districts in the country.
Nearly one-quarter of children ages 2 to 5 in the United States are overweight or obese. We encourage USDA to ensure that all participating CACFP centers have the tools they need to implement the updated standards as soon as possible.”