Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

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Benefits of Participating in the CACFP: 

Assurance that Nutritious Meals are Served

Research indicates that children participating in the CACFP are served more nutritious meals than those not on the program. Your organization’s involvement in the CACFP indicates to parents that you are dedicated to excellent meal service for their children and to providing a high standard of care in your school.  

Meal Reimbursements  

The USDA determines the meal reimbursement rates, which are updated annually and vary based on reported family income.

Program Information:

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a state and federally funded program that provides funding to licensed child care centers, adult day care centers, and organizations that sponsor day care homes to ensure participants receive nutritionally adequate meals and snacks while in care.

Funding is also available for meals and snacks at emergency shelters and after-school programs. 

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) plays a vital role in improving the quality of daycare for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families.

Each day, 3.3 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through this federally funded program. This program also provides meals and snacks to 120,000 adults who receive care in nonresidential adult day care centers.

The CACFP reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in homeless shelters, and snacks and suppers to youths participating in eligible after school care programs. California's CACFP is administered by the California Department of Education (CDE). 

For more information about these programs, visit the links listed below.


USDA Non-Discrimination Statement:

SNAP and FDPIR State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.