The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program to support nutritious meals and snacks for children in child care, including child care centers. To participate in CACFP, 25% of the children in the center must be from low income families.
Try out our calculator to see how your center could benefit if you participate in the food program! To join the food program, contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agency for more information today!
*These food reimbursement rates are in effect for registered family child care providers between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. Rates are annually adjusted -- the next rate adjustments will be announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in July 2023.
The calculator is an estimate based on the number of children you select and family income, and children who are in attendance to eat lunch and breakfast and a snack daily. Your actual reimbursement will vary based on a child's attendance (e.g., whether or not they are in your center to eat). Therefore, centers are only reimbursed for meals served to children who have attended that day. In order for centers to receive CACFP reimbursement, 25% of children served must be from low income families (at or below 185% of the federal poverty line).
Sound like something you want to try? Contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R). Ask us how to sign up for the food program! We will help you!
CACFP Resources for Child Care Providers