Coming Soon – Updated CACFP Meal Pattern – Compliance Date: October 1
October 1, 2017 is the date that all Child Nutrition Program operators must comply with the updated CACFP meal pattern requirements. See USDA website for more information.
Over 115,000 family child care providers working with 800 sponsors use CACFP to provide children with high-quality nutrition and learning experiences.
In 2016, CACFP provided 2 billion meals and snacks to:
- 4.3 million children daily in child care centers, family care homes, and afterschool programs.
- 130,000 persons in Adult Day Care.
- 64,000 child care centers.
CACFP pays for nutritious meals and snacks for eligible children who are enrolled at participating:
- Child Care Centers and Family Child Care HomesYoung children attending participating family child homes, child care centers, or Head Start programs can receive up to two meals and a snack that meet USDA nutritional standards. The majority of CACFP participants are preschool-aged children. Eligibility is based either on the poverty status of the area or on the income of the enrolled children.
- Afterschool ProgramsSchool-based afterschool programs providing enrichment activities for children and teenagers after school can also provide free snacks through CACFP in areas where at least 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. CACFP funds also can pay for suppers for children attending afterschool programs.
- Homeless SheltersCACFP provides up to three meals a day for children age 18 and younger living in homeless shelters.
- Senior Day Care CentersCACFP provides meals and snacks to senior citizens attending nonresidential day care centers.