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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

What is Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Program?

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) perform an important part in enhancing the quality of day care and making it more inexpensive for many low-income households. The CACFP offers reimbursement for healthy foods and snacks served to kids and grown-ups in day care facilities.

Members of the Program also get nutrition education resources and training in planning and serving safe, healthy meals to those in their care. Every day, 3.3 million children get nutritious food and snacks via CACFP. The program also offers food and snacks to 120,000 adults who get care in nonresidential adult day care centers. CACFP reaches even further to offer meals to kids and youth staying in emergency asylums or partaking in eligible afterschool care programs.

Who is Eligible?

Independent centers and funding organizations enter into contracts with their governing State agencies to undertake administrative and financial responsibility for CACFP operations. In centers and specific day care homes, participants from families with incomes at or less than 130 percent of poverty are qualified for free food. Members in centers with family incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of poverty are qualified for food at a subsidized price. Institutions must evaluate each registered participant's qualification for free and reduced price meals served in centers. Members in day care homes situated in low-income areas or run by low-income suppliers are automatically qualified for free meals.

Children whose households get benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or State programs sponsored via Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or who are registered in Head Start or Even Start are automatically qualify for free food, without additional application or eligibility evaluation. Adopted children who are under the care of the State or placed by the court and children who are facing homelessness are also automatically qualified for free food. Adult members who get SNAP, FDPIR, Social Security Income (SSI), or Medicaid benefits are also automatically qualified for free food.

Maximum income limits for qualifying for this program are available at:

How to Apply?

CACFP is managed by State agencies. Likely applicants or child care providers should get in touch the appropriate State agency for more details. The Food and Nutrition Service offers Program and State contact details at:

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