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.
How does CACFP help enable child care providers to serve healthy meals and snacks?
Registered family child care homes, child care centers, after-school programs, emergency shelters, and summer programs receive cash reimbursement for serving meals and snacks that meet federal nutrition guidelines to eligible children. Centers and registered family child care homes may be approved to receive reimbursement for serving up to two meals and one snack per day to each eligible child.
Who Administers CACFP?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) sends grants to states to administer CACFP. In New Jersey, the lead agency that administers CACFP is the NJ Department of Agriculture.
If interested in participating in CACFP, click on the link below for the CCR&R in your county or contact the NJ Department of Agriculture for more information on how to join.
For Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, and Salem County, please call the NJ Dept. of Agriculture at 609-984-0692.
COVID-19 Impact on New Jersey Families
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Weekly Survey, Sept 14 - Sept 26, 2022
NJ child care providers can help ensure that children have access to healthy meals and snacks, which is particularly important now given the impact of COVID-19 on NJ families with children. Learn more about participating in CACFP!
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CACFP Resources for Child Care Providers
CACFP Reimbursement Rates
CACFP Monitoring & Oversight
COVID-19 Resources for Child Care Providers