Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Facts
What is the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
The CACFP is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) meal reimbursement program administered in Delaware by the Department of Education for children and certain adults receiving meals in licensed Centers and Family Day Care homes.
CACFP is authorized at section 17 of the National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766). Program regulations are issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under 7 CFR part 226.
Why Serve Meals in Child and Adult Care Centers
CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low-income families by assuring families that nutritious meals arebeing served at no additional cost.
Who Can Participate?
Independent centers and sponsoring organizations enter into agreements with their administering State agencies to assume administrative and financial responsibility for CACFP operations. CACFP serves nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults who are enrolled for care at participating child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers. CACFP also provides meals to children residing in emergency shelters, and snacks to youths participating in after school care programs.
Eligible public or private nonprofit child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, Head Start programs, and other institutions which are licensed or approved to provide day care services may participate in CACFP, independently or as sponsored centers. For profit centers must receive title XX funds for at least 25 percent of enrolled children or licensed capacity (which ever is less) or at least 25 percent of the children in care must be eligible for free and reduced price meals.
Day Care Homes
A family or group day care home must sign an agreement with a sponsoring organization to participate in CACFP. Day care homes must be licensed or approved to provide day care services. Reimbursement for meals served in day care homes is based upon eligibility for tier I rates (which targets higher levels of reimbursement to low-income areas, providers, or children) or lower tier II rates.
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