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Food Program



Overview of the New York State CACFP
 
 

 

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that reimburses child care providers for providing healthy meals and snacks to children in child care. Each day more than 2.6 million children participate in CACFP.  CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care.  Participants’ nutritional needs are supported on a daily basis through USDA meal standards.  

Reimbursable Meals

Breakfast, lunch, supper and morning, afternoon and late night snacks may be reimbursed.  A maximum of two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal may be claimed per participant per day. Meals and snacks must provide a minimum number of food components in defined serving sizes to qualify for reimbursement. Food components include fluid milk, fruits and vegetables, breads and bread alternates, and meat and meat alternates.

Benefits

Children

  • From birth to twelve years of age receive nutritious meals and snacks

  • Receives meals based on USDA meal standards for young children

  • Develop good, healthy eating habits


Child Care Providers

  • Encourage positive eating habits in children

  • Enhance the quality of care provided

  • Receive FREE nutritional training

  • Receive recipes and resources for preparing meals

  • Receive in-home technical assistance

  • Reduce out-of-pocket food expense

  • Receive monthly reimbursement checks

Who is eligible?

 

  • Registered or licensed child care providers

  • Providers that are in the process of becoming a registered or licensed child care provider 

  • Enrolled informal/legally exempt Providers

 

Printable CACFP brochure