CACFP Participation

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) reimburses Childcare Centers, Day Care Homes, Adult Daycare Centers, and At Risk Sites for approved costs associated with providing meals and snacks to children, seniors and disabled adults. The goal of the CACFP is to improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of children and adults, promote development of good eating habits, and integrate nutritious food service with organized child and adult day care services.

Who can participate:

Organizations wishing to participate in the CACFP may be private non-profit organizations, private for profit organizations or public non-profit organizations.

Sponsors must be:

  • Administratively capable, which includes but is not limited to demonstrating they have sufficient qualified staff to complete all CACFP requirements;
  • Financially viable, which includes but is not limited to demonstrating that the organization has adequate sources of income, excluding CACFP funding, to administer their program; and
  • Accountable in the fiscal operations of the program.

In addition to these requirements, private for profit centers must meet the following:

Organizations may be private non-profit organizations, private for profit organizations or public non-profit organizations and must meet CACFP performance standards.

In addition to these requirements;

  • 1.Private for profit adult care centers must have at least 25% of the adults enrolled receiving Title XIX funds (Medicaid)
  • 2. Private for-profit child care centers must have at least 25% of the children receiving Title XX funds (child care subsidy) or have at least 25% of the children enrolled meet the income eligibility criteria for free or reduced price meals.

At Risk After School Care Programs
To qualify, the organization must be a non-profit or meet the criteria listed above for private for profit centers and operate an after school program in a school zone where 50% of the students of at least one school qualifies for free or reduced price meals. At risk sites must provide one hour or academic enrichments activities before serving a meal or snack.

Adults Care Centers
Private for profit adult care centers wishing to participate in the program must qualify by having at least 25% of the adults enrolled in the center receiving Title XIX funds (Medicaid).

Child Care Centers

  • 1.Private for-profit childcare centers wishing to participate in the program must have at least 25% of the children enrolled in the center receiving childcare subsidy (Title XX funds) through the Department of Family and Children Services.; or
  • 2.Have at least 25 percent of the children enrolled meet the income eligibility criteria for free or reduced price meals using the income eligibility statement and the income eligibility guidelines.

Please complete the form below to find out if your Center or Site qualities

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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;
  • (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  • (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.