What kinds of meals are served?
CACFP facilities follow meal patterns established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

  • Breakfast requires a serving of milk, fruit and/or vegetable and bread or grain product.
  • Lunch and Dinner consist of milk, bread or grain product, meat or meal alternate and two different servings of fruits and/or vegetables.
  • Snacks include servings from two of the four components: milk, fruits or vegetables, bread or grain product, or meat/meat alternate.

How is reimbursement determined? 
The USDA bases CACFP reimbursement on the type of meal and the income level of participants. The meal types are breakfast, lunch/dinner and snacks (AM, PM and evening). Family day care homes have two income categories: Tier 1 and Tier 2. Facilities earn reimbursement for eligible meals and snacks served to enrolled participants.

How is reimbursement claimed? 
Keep track of two primary items in your meal services; what you serve and to whom you serve it. Using an online claiming application called  KidKare, track daily at the point of service which children are served; and then submit your claim electronically at the end of the month.  Or if you prefer, a paper method is also available.

What types of agencies are eligible to participate? 
Many different agencies operate the CACFP, all sharing the common goal of providing nutritious meals and snacks to participants.

  • Child care centers serving meals and snacks to children who are enrolled for care.
  • Head Start Programs serving meals and snacks to enrolled children. 
  • After school care sites providing programming and snacks for low-income school age children and youth. 
  • Adult day care centers proving structures, comprehensive services to nonresident adults who are functionally impaired and/or 60 years of age or older. 
  • Family child care homes currently licensed by the Department of Family Services.
  • Persons exempt from licensing but authorized by the Department of Family Services by proving care for at least one child with a DFS contract.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federally funded program that provides reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks served to children. Because CACFP participants' nutritional needs are supported on a daily basis, the program plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care and making it more affordable for families.

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How does CACFP benefit my business? 

While on the Food Program, you will:

  • Receive financial reimbursement towards the meals you serve.
  • Increase revenue without increasing the fees to parents.
  • Attract families to your child care because parents know that you are making an extra effort to provide the best nutrition for their children. 
  • You are provided with personal support, training and resources.