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What is CACFP?
CACFP is the Child and Adult Care Food Program. It is a Federal program that pays for healthy meals and snacks for children and adults in daycare. CACFP improves the quality of daycare. It makes the cost of daycare cheaper for many low-income families.  Besides providing meals in daycare, CACFP makes afterschool programs more appealing to at-risk children and youth. Serving after-school meals and snacks attract students to learning activities that are safe and fun. Children and youth who are homeless can also receive meals at shelters that participate in CACFP.

Who is eligible for CACFP meals?

  • Children under age 13,

  • Migrant children under the age of 16,

  • Children and youth under the age 19in afterschool programs in low-income areas,

  • Children and youth under the age of 19 who live in homeless shelters, and

  • Adults who are impaired or overage 60  and enrolled in adult daycare

What kinds of meals are served?
CACFP meals follow USDA nutrition

  • Breakfast consists of milk, fruits or vegetables, and grains.

  • Lunch and Supper require milk, grains, meat, or other proteins, fruits, and vegetables.

  • Snacks include two different servings from the five components: milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, or other proteins.

Where are CACFP meals served?
Many types of facilities participate in

Child Care Centers:
Licensed childcare centers and Head Start programs provide daycare with meals and snacks to large numbers of children.

Outside-School-Hours Care Centers:
Licensed centers offer before or after-school care with meals and snacks to large numbers of school-aged children.

“At-Risk” Afterschool Care Programs:
Centers in low-income areas provide learning activities with free meals and snacks to school-age children and youth.

Emergency Shelters:
Homeless, domestic violence, and runaway youth shelters provide places to live with free meals for children and youth.

Adult Day Care Centers:
Licensed centers provide daycare with meals and snacks to enrolled adults.

Non-Discrimination Statement 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.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

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