Child and Adult Care Food Program
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 eating habits.
- 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.
Centers Administering the CACFP
- New Sponsors - Start here to become a sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)!
- Communications and Updates from CNS
- Claims and Reimbursement Rates
- Food Service Management Companies (FSMC)
- Meal Patterns and Menu Planning
- Program Materials/Forms
- Purchasing/ Procurement for Federal Programs
- Study Month and Eligibility
Caring For Children At Home
If you provide care for children from your house, you could be eligible to receive reimbursements for meals you serve! Family Day Care Homes (FDCH) is an organized nonresidential child care program for children, generally 12 years of age or younger, operated in a private home, and licensed or approved to provide care. In order to participate in CACFP, FDCHs must enter into an agreement with a sponsoring organization.
For more information, please visit our Family Day Care Home (FDCH) sponsor webpage.
If your organization provides a meal or snack and educational or enrichment activities, afterschool, you could receive reimbursement! The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program offers funding to afterschool programs that serve a meal or snack and provide educational or enrichment activities to children in low-income areas.