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Hawaii Child Care Nutrition Program


As food costs and labor expenses rise, child care providers are tending to contract caterers or vendors to provide meals for their children. Children should be provided with a healthful, balanced meal, with foods from different food groups and appropriate serving size for age.

The Hawaii Child Care Nutrition Program will work with caterers/vendors to ensure meals and foods provided are age/developmentally appropriate and meets nutrient needs based on United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards.

16-Day Nutrient Analyzed Lunch Menu for Preschoolers (PDF)

USDA Component Guidelines for Children

Breakfast Meal Pattern
Lunch/Supper Meal Pattern
Snack Meal Pattern


Combination Foods



Menu Review Request Form / PDF fillable version
Healthy School Meals Resource System
Child Care Recipes: Food for Health & Fun from USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program
Hawaii State DOH News Release Regarding Recalled Peanut Products
FDA and CDC Investigation of Peanut Product Recalls: Salmonella Typhimurium
A Local Guide to Eating Fish Safely
CACFP Wellness Resources for Child Care Professionals
Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Child Nutrition Labeling Program
Nutrition Standards for CACFP Meals and Snacks
CACFP Meal Pattern Training Tools


User Zones

DHS Licensing Workers
Nutrition Consultants
Family Child care providers



Contact Information

Hawaii Child Care Nutrition Program
1955 East-West Road #306
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone: (808) 956-4124
Fax: (808) 956-6457



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