The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides federal funds to
nonresidential child care and adult care facilities to serve nutritious meals
and snacks. The goal is to improve and maintain the health and nutritional
status of children and adults in care while promoting the development of good
Eligible programs include:
- Nonresidential, licensed public or private, nonprofit child care centers or family day care homes.
- Head Start, Early Childhood Educational Assistance Program (ECEAP), outside-school-hours programs,
emergency shelters, and at-risk centers meeting the CACFP requirements are also eligible.
- Certain adult care centers providing services to persons 60 years or older, or persons 18 years or older that are chronically-impaired or disabled, are also eligible.
Proprietary child care and adult care centers may participate if at least 25 percent of the participants in care are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Organizations interested in participating in the CACFP can visit the New Sponsors page.
Tools and Resources for a Successful CACFP Program
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the
USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.