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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Benefits

Program Description

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.

General Program Requirements

Independent centers and sponsoring organizations enter into agreements with their administering State agencies to assume administrative and financial responsibility for CACFP operations.

In centers and certain day care homes, participants from households with incomes at or below 130 percent of poverty are eligible for free meals. Participants in centers with household incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of poverty are eligible for meals at a reduced price. Institutions must determine each enrolled participant's eligibility for free and reduced price meals served in centers. Participants in day care homes located in low-income areas or operated by low-income providers are automatically eligible for free meals.

Maximum income limits for eligibility are available on USDA's Food and Nutrition Service's Income Eligibility Guidelines page.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

CACFP is administered by State agencies. Potential applicants or child care providers should contact the appropriate State agency for more information. Visit the Food and Nutrition Service's website where program and state contact information is provided.

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit the Food and Nutrition Service's Child and Adult Care Food Program website.

Additional Information

Current Method of Tribal Eligibility: Program not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Funding Type: Mandatory
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.558
Matching Funds Required: No