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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.



  • 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