Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a program which offers help for care institutions (either for children or for adults) or to those families or groups (in day care homes) which need provisions. The provisions are various nutritious foods offered in order to help eligible persons to keep their wellness or to grow healthy. The food is offered both to young children (to help them develop) and to old adults or disabled persons (chronically impaired).

Child and Adult Care Food Program allows day care institutions to provide nutritious meals for which the program reimburse the non-residential care facilities that qualifies for the program.

Child and Adult Care Food Program requires that all eligible participant institutions prohibit any kind of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, political beliefs, sexual orientation or any other criteria except the legal regulations and requirements of the program.

Child and Adult Care Food Program provides help in the form of cash reimbursement for the meals the program beneficiaries serve. There are three types of meals that can be served: paid, reduced price or free meals.

Child and Adult Care Food Program helps people to develop good eating habits or helps in preventing obesity or unhealthy nutrition habits.

Child and Adult Care Food Program allows as eligible types of facilities (which can receive the reimbursement) the following institutions or associations:

Centers which provides child care services (public or private) ;

  • The programs of the type Head Start;
  • The for-profit providers (either licensed or approved);
  • Private homes that are licensed or approved to provide meals or snacks to children;
  • Low-income after-schools (considered to be at-risk);
  • Shelters which provide emergency services to families with children which qualify as homeless persons;
  • Day care structures (either public or private, nonprofit or qualifying for- profit) which can provide assistance to 60-year adults or impaired adults.

Child and Adult Care Food Program requires its beneficiaries accomplish the age condition; thus, there are certain categories of age considered to be at-risk and allowed to join the program:

  • Children who are aged 12 or under;
  • Children who are aged 15 or under (whose parents are migrant workers);
  • Any child between 12 and 18 years old who is considered to be at-risk and already a beneficiary of the "At-Risk" program;
  • Children who are aged 18 or under as long as they are qualified as disabled persons (either mentally or physically);
  • Adults who are aged 18 or older as long as they are qualified as chronically impaired persons;
  • Any over 60-year adult who is eligible to receive non-residential assistance.

Child and Adult Care Food Program requires you contact a State agency where you can apply for the program and then to find a sponsor or a facility that is a participant of the program. You will be assisted by a special consultant who can guide you through the application process and provide you with all the technical assistance and training materials.