Reminder! New CACFP Meal Pattern requirements have gone in effect as of October 1st, 2017. For more information, please visit or give us a call at (315) 446-1220. 

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What is CACFP? (Child & Adult Care Food Program)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that reimburses registered, licensed, and legally exempt child care providers for serving meals and snacks which meet the USDA guidelines to the children in their care. This nutritional program started in the late 1960's as the result of a study that reported the poor academic abilities of children whose nutritional needs were not being met. The program is designed to help reimburse child care providers some of the expenses of feeding children in their care. It is designed to help meet the nutritional needs necessary for physical, intellectual, and emotional development and establish healthy eating habits.

All licensed, registered, and legally exempt child care providers are eligible to participate in CACFP.  Food Program participants are required to provide meals and snacks which meet USDA guidelines to all the children in their child care and keep daily menu and attendance records

Why Participate in CACFP?

  • The children in your care will receive healthy, nutritious meals and snacks.
  • Your will help shape a lifetime of healthy eating habits.
  • You save money by receiving a monthly reimbursement check for a portion of the meals you provide.
  • You receive continuous guidance and training in nutritional standards.
  • Additional resources are made available to help your child care business such as information on financial record keeping, taxes, business management and many other topics related to child care.
  • You can be reimbursed for a maximum of two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal per day.   Tier 1 reimbursement rates are for providers who are in a low income area or household.  Tier 2 rates are applicable to all others.

CACFP Reimbursement Rates

Tier 1
Breakfast  $1.31
Lunch/Supper  $2.47
Snack  $ .73


Tier 2
Breakfast  $  .48
Lunch/Supper  $1.49
Snack  $ .20

Additional Resources

Other Nutrition & Food Safety Resources:

Fight Bac!  Partnership for Food Safety Education; keeping food safe from bacteria.  Gateway to Government Food Safety information.

Nemours Foundation  Kids Health for Kids.

Fuel Up To Play 60 Encourages youth to eat healthy and move more.                            

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP)  Develops and promots dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutritional needs of consumers. 

For More Information

To enroll or for more information or questions about the Child & Adult Care Food Program call (315) 446-1220. 


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue S. W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410, or call (866) 632-9992 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (TDY). USDA is and equal opportunity provider.