Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child & Adult Care Food Program is a federally funded program which is administered and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food & Nutrition Services (FNS).  The purpose of the program is to ensure that eligible children and adults who attend qualifying non-residential care facilities receive nutritious meals.  To accomplish this goal, the CACFP provides reimbursements to qualified caregivers for meals and supplements (snacks) served to enrolled participants.  While the FNS develops the regulations and establishes the policies needed to conduct the program, state agencies are responsible for administering the program on the state level and assisting sponsors on the local level.

For Child Care Providers:

  • Increased earnings through reimbursements
  • Menu ideas
  • Nutrition education

For Parents:

  • Assurance that their children are receiving nutritious meals and snacks, without extra cost to them.

For Children:

  • Children in care will benefit by receiving nutritious meals and snacks.  Proper nutrition will help them develop strong bodies and alert minds.


Children 12 years and under are eligible to participate in the program.  Children of migrant workers, up to age 15 years of age, may participate.  Physically or mentally handicapped people may participate regardless of age if they receive care in  a facility where the majority of enrollment is 18 years of age and under.

Child care centers and programs that operate outside-of-school can participate in the program either independently or under the auspices of a sponsoring organization.  Family child care homes must participate under a sponsoring organization; they cannot enter the CACFP independently.  Partners for Children & Families is a sponsoring organization.

As a participant in the CACFP, you must serve USDA approved meals and snacks.  You will be provided many menu planning ideas to make preparation simple, efficient, and nutritious.  We realize that as a child care home provider, your time is better spent with the children.

Participation in the program will take 2-3 hours of your time initially, as you are trained in the CACFP.  Thereafter, you should be able to meet all requirements in just a few minutes each day.  You are responsible for submitting the necessary forms to Partners for Children & Families each month.

Partners for Children & Families will provide workshops throughout the year to offer you assistance, as well as, more information on meal planning and sharing of ideas.

As a participant in the CACFP, you are required to attend one training, per program year, on CACFP requirements, by Partners for Children & Families. 

What Kinds of Meals are Served

· Breakfast  consists of a serving of milk, fruit or vegetable, and grain or bread.

· Lunch and supper require milk, grains or bread, meat or meat alternate, and two different servings of fruits and vegetables.

· Snacks include two different servings of the four components: milk, fruits and vegetables, grains or bread, or meat/meat alternate.


You will be reimbursed monthly for the meal service you provide.  In some cases, your own children may be included in the program.  The amount of money you receive will depend on which rates you qualify for and the number of children in your care enrolled on the program, as well as, the number of meals and snacks that meet requirements.

                                           Tier I Rates*       Tier II Rates*

                                 BK          $1.31                    $.48

                              LH/SP        $2.46                  $1.49

                             SNACKS      $.73                    $.20

                              *Both rates will be adjusted and rounded down to the nearest whole cent annually, providing that funds are available.

Revisions to the CACFP Meal Patterns

Effective October 1, 2017 all CACFP centers and day care homes must comply with the recently revised meal patterns revised by the USDA. These changes support breastfeeding and the consumption of vegetables and fruits without added sugars. To find out more information on these revisions please go to

Will It Affect My Taxes?

The actual cost of the food purchased to serve children in your home may be deducted from the amount of reimbursement you receive.  (Save your receipts.)  If there is any excess or profit, the income is taxable.  Even though your taxes may go up slightly, your net income will go up much, much more.  Nearly every provider will benefit by joining the CACFP.

Civil Rights

The CACFP is available to all eligible children, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Many different facilities operate the CACFP, all sharing the common goal of bringing nutritious meals and snacks to participants.   

Partners for Children & Families is a CACFP sponsor of licensed Family Child Care Homes.

Sponsoring organizations play a critical role in supporting  family child care home providers through training, technical assistance, and monitoring.  All family child care homes must come into the program under a sponsoring organization.  Several types of organizations are approved by the State to serve as sponsors: community action groups, nonprofit organizations, and churches.

For more information, contact:  Tammie Martin, CACFP Coordinator at 910-949-4045.