CCA NJ Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)


Promoting Nutritious Meals and Snacks in Child Care

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 registered family child care homes.

Try out our calculator to see how your registered family child care home could benefit if you participate in the food program! To join the food program, contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agency 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 5 children eating 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 home to eat). Therefore, providers are only reimbursed for meals served to children who have attended that day. It is also possible to claim reimbursement for more than 5 children depending upon the schedules utilized (e.g., part-time vs full-time care), which could mean that meals and snacks could exceed 5 children per day.

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 Monitoring & Oversight

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 for breakfast is $1.66
Lunch or Dinner
  • The reimbursement amount for each child for lunch or dinner is $3.04 (children are allowed 2 meals per day)
Snacks
  • The reimbursement amount for each child for a snack is 97 cents. Children can have 1 reimbursable snack and 2 meals (or 2 snacks and 1 meal)
Number of Children
  • The reimbursement amounts are calculated based on the number of children in your home for whom you provide paid care and who eat meals and snacks each day (your own children are excluded).

CACFP Resources for Child Care Providers

CACFP & Taxes: Family Child Care providers are always better off participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

While CACFP reimbursement is revenue to a family child care provider's program, food expenses are also deductible as a cost related to operating your home business. Often the deduction can exceed CACFP reimbursement. Learn more here.

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The Child and Adult Care Food Program