Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)


Promoting Nutritious Meals and Snacks in Child Care Centers

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

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!

The Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Child and Adult Care Food Program
Food Buying Guide Tools
Food Buying Guide Tools
The Child and Adult Care Food Program Food Buying Guide Tools

Brief Explanation

Breakfast Rate
  • The reimbursement amount for each child is based on family income. The highest rate of reimbursement ($2.21 per child) applies to children in families with income at or below 130% of the federal poverty line.
Lunch or Dinner
  • The reimbursement amount for each child for lunch or dinner is highest ($4.03 per child) for children in families with income at or below 130% of the federal poverty line (children are allowed 2 meals per day)
Snacks
  • The reimbursement amount for each child for a snack is highest ($1.18 per child) for children in families with income at or below 130% of the federal poverty line. Children can have 1 reimbursable snack and 2 meals (or 2 snacks and 1 meal).
Number of Children
  • Select the number of children within each income bracket.
  • The reimbursement amounts are calculated based on the number of children in your center for whom you provide paid care and who eat meals and snacks each day. The rate of reimbursement is based on family income.

CACFP Resources for Child Care Providers

Choose My Plate

What is MyPlate? It's all about eating healthy!

The Child and Adult Care Food Program