Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Young Child Eating Child and Adult Care Food Program

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families. This website provides a gateway to information related to the CACFP program including eligibility requirements, commonly asked questions, state contacts, regulations and more.


Building for the Future in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) (PDF | 649 KB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Brochure about the CACFP program. Also in Spanish (PDF|671 KB).


CACFP and Emergency Shelters

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides information on eligiblity and reimbursement procedures through CACFP for those residing in emergency shelters.


Income Eligibility Guidelines for CACFP

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price meals in Alaska, Hawaii, and all other states and territories.


Map of the United States Child Nutrition Agencies by State

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides contact information for the state agencies that administer the Child (and Adult) Nutrition Programs, including School Meals, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program and so on.


Child Care Provider Resources

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Food and nutrition resources for child care providers to help them serve nutritious meals and snacks and teach children healthy nutrition habits.


Healthy Meals Resource System for Child Care Providers

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Provides information on meal preparation, recipes, food safety resources, and news as well as a resource library for those involved with child care food and nutrition.


Menu Magic for Children

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Provides information on the CACFP Meal Pattern requirements, serving quality meals and snacks, and tips on menu planning and grocery shopping. Includes recipes. Also in PDF|1.2 MB.


USDA Recipes for Child Care

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Recipes, in quantity size serving yields, from the 1999 publication Child Care Recipes: Food for Health and Fun from USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program, have been standardized, edited for consistency and analyzed for nutrient content.


Building Blocks for Fun and Healthy Meals

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Contains information on the CACFP meal requirements, advice on how to serve high quality meals and snacks, menu planning, nutrition education ideas and tips, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, food safety facts, sample menus, and more.