The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federally funded Nutrition Program. The main goal is to assure that nutritious, well-balanced meals are served to children attending Child Care Centers, Licensed Group Homes and Registered Family Day Care Homes. CACFP improves the quality of day care.
CACFP meals follow USDA nutrition standards. Breakfast consists of milk, fruits or vegetables, and grains. Lunch requires milk, grains, meat or other proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Snacks include two different servings from the five components: milk, fruits, vegetables, grains or meat, or other proteins.
Daycare centers are reimbursed for meals served to participants. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees CACFP.
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, disability, age, 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.