Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a program that provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care. It plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it healthy meals more affordable for low-income families.
This program is available to a variety of day care types:
Child Care Centers
Public or private nonprofit child care centers, Head Start programs, and For-Profit centers which are licensed or approved to provide day care may serve meals and snacks through CACFP. Eligibility for this program is for children age 12 or younger.
- Child Care Fact Sheet - word
At-Risk Afterschool Meals Programs
Community-based programs that offer enrichment activities for at-risk children and teenagers, after the regular school day ends, can provide free snacks through CACFP. Eligibility for this program is for children age 18 or younger.
- At-Risk Afterschool Snack Fact Sheet - word
- At-Risk Fact Sheet for School Districts - word
- USDA At-Risk Afterschool Meals Handbook - pdf
Emergency shelters which provide residential and food services to homeless families may participate in CACFP. Unlike most other CACFP facilities, a shelter does not have to be licensed to provide day care. Eligibility for this program is for children age 18 or younger.
- Homeless Shelters Fact Sheet - word
Adult Day Care Centers
Public, private nonprofit, and some for-profit adult day care facilities which provide structured, comprehensive services to functionally impaired, or adults over age 60 may participate in CACFP.
- Adult Care Fact Sheet - word
Family Day Care Homes
CACFP provides reimbursement for meals and snacks served to small groups of children receiving nonresidential day care in licensed or approved private homes. A family or group day care home must sign an agreement with a sponsoring organization to participate in CACFP. Eligibility for this program is for children age 12 or younger.
- CACFP Outreach Flyers for Parents and Providers - pdf
- CACFP Program Renewal and Update - To Be Announced
- CACFP Forms
- CACFP Training
- CACFP Bulletins and Memos
- CACFP Claim Submission Deadines
- CACFP Resources