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CACFP Information

What is CACFP?

CACFP is the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a Federal program that provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care. It plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low-income families. CACFP reimburses participating centers and day care homes for their meal costs. It is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The State education or health department administers CACFP, in most States. Independent centers and sponsoring organizations enter into agreements with their State agencies to operate the program.

What types of facilities provide CACFP benefits?

Child Care Centers - Public or private nonprofit child care centers, Head Start programs, and some for-profit centers which are licensed or approved to provide day care may serve meals and snacks to infants and children through CACFP.

Afterschool care programs in low-income areas can participate in CACFP by providing free snacks to school-aged children and youths through age 18. Reimbursable suppers are also available to children in eligible afterschool care programs in certain States.

Family Day Care Homes - CACFP provides reimbursement for meals and snacks served to small groups of children receiving nonresidential day care in licensed or approved private homes. A family or group day care home must sign an agreement with a sponsoring organization to participate in CACFP. The sponsoring organization organizes training, conducts monitoring, and helps with planning menus and filling out reimbursement forms.

Homeless Shelters - Emergency shelters which provide residential and food services to homeless families may participate in CACFP. Unlike most other CACFP facilities, a shelter does not have to be licensed to provide day care.

Adult Day Care Centers - Public, private nonprofit, and some for-profit adult day care facilities which provide structured, comprehensive services to functionally impaired, nonresident adults may participate in CACFP.

Who gets CACFP meals and snacks?

Children age 12 and younger are eligible to receive up to two meals and one snack, each day, at a day care home or center, through CACFP. Children who reside in homeless shelters may receive up to three reimbursable meals each day. Migrant children age 15 and younger, and persons with disabilities, regardless of their age, are also eligible for CACFP. Afterschool care snacks are available to children through age 18. Adult participants must be functionally impaired or age 60 or older, and enrolled in an adult care center where they may receive up to two meals and one snack, each day, through CACFP.

How much reimbursement does the Federal government provide?

Most centers include meals as part of their fees. Centers receive payments based on the type of meal served and the child or adult�s eligibility for free, reduced-price, or paid meals, while shelters and afterschool care programs are reimbursed at the free rate.

Day care homes cannot charge separate fees for meals. Higher payments (tier I) are paid to homes in low-income areas and to low-income providers. Meals and snacks served to children who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals also receive higher rates of reimbursement. Effective from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, tier I and tier II rates are:

Meal Type Tier I Tier II
Breakfast $1.40 $0.51
Lunch or Supper $2.63 $1.59
Snack $0.78 $0.21

Where can I get more information?

For more information, please contact your
State Agency.

For New York State Providers:
New York CACFP
State Director
Child & Adult Food Program
New York State Department of Health
Riverview Center
150 Broadway FI 6 West
Albany, New York 12204-2719
Phone: 518-402-7400/800-942-3858
Fax: 518-402-7252
Webpage: NYS CACFP

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