Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program of the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The purpose of the CACFP is to help meet nutritional needs of growing children in child care settings and establish healthy eating habits for their future. Child care providers who participate in the food program receive reimbursement for meals and snacks that meet the nutritional standards set by the USDA. In addition, providers receive nutritional training, technical assistance and support. 

The goal of Child Care Resource Network’s Child and Adult Care Food Program is to develop good eating habits in children that will last a lifetime, ensure children receive nutritious meals while in child care, and to train child care providers in good nutritional practices.


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Why Should You Participate? 

1. You may be eligible to receive up to $100 per month, per child in reimbursements of serving the children in your care healthy meals

2. It will enhance the quality of care you provide

3. CACFP encourages healthy eating habits in children

4. Receive free nutritional training, recipes, and resources for preparing meals

What You Need To Know:

1. It is free to participate in CACFP

2. Breakfast, lunch, supper, and morning, afternoon, and late-night snacks may be reimbursed

3. A maximum of two (2) meals and one (1) snack OR one (1) meal and two (2) snacks may be claimed per child, per day

Who Can Participate in CACFP?

1. If you are a registered or licensed child care provider

2. If you are an enrolled informal or legally exempt providers

How to Get Started in CACFP

If you’re a legally exempt provider, or family/group family child care provider that would like to become enrolled in CACFP, call CACFP Supervisor Billie Jo Meehan at 716-877-6666 ext. 3072.

Below are recommended nutrition and health resources for all providers:

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Child Care Resource Network is a proud member of the National CACFP Association.