Do the kids have to take at least something of every meal component for CACFP family style meal service?

With family style meals, the amount of foods prepared need to meet the CACFP meal pattern requirement with regard to portion sizes, so that each child could have the required portion of each food. However, when the child serves him/herself, it is the child's decision how much of the food or IF he/she even chooses to take any. Staff needs to encourage the children to take the full regulatory amount, but they cannot force the children to take the food, try the food, or eat the food. See the policy on Family Style Meals.

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