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Program Overview

What is the CACFP?
What is the CACFP?
What kinds of meals are served?
What kinds of meals are served?
Who is eligible for CACFP meals?
Who is eligible for CACFP meals?
What types of agencies are eligible to participate?
What types of agencies are eligible to participate?
What is required to participate?
What is required to participate?
How is reimbursement determined?
How is reimbursement determined?
How does the CACFP work?
How does the CACFP work?
How can I get more information
How can I get more information?

 

What is the CACFP?
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursement for healthful meals and snacks served to children and adults.  Because CACFP participants’ nutritional needs are supported on a daily basis, the program plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for families.

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What kinds of meals are served?

CACFP facilities follow the meal patterns established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  • Breakfast requires a serving of milk, fruit or vegetable and bread or grain product.
  • Lunch and dinner consist of milk, bread or grain product, meat or meat alternate, and two different servings of fruits and/or vegetables.
  • Snacks include servings from two or the four components: milk, fruits or vegetables, bread or grain product, or meat or meat alternate.

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Who is eligible for CACFP meals?

  • Children age 12 and under
  • Migrant children age 15 and younger
  • Youths through age 18 in the Area Eligible Snack Program and in emergency shelters
  • Functionally impaired children through age 18 in child care centers or day care homes.
  • Functionally impaired adult participants or adults age 60 and older enrolled in an adult day care center

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What types of agencies are eligible to participate?

Many different agencies operate the CACFP, all sharing the common goal of providing nutritious meals and snacks to participants.

  • Child care centers serving meals and snacks to children who are enrolled for care
  • Head Start Programs serving meals and snacks to enrolled children
  • After school care sites providing programming and snacks for low-income school age children and youth.
  • Emergency shelters providing temporary residence and food service to children
  • Adult day care centers providing structured, comprehensive services to nonresident adults who are functionally impaired and/or 60 years of age or older
  • Licensed or registered family or group day care homes participating under a KSDE-approved sponsoring organization.  The 20 sponsoring organizations in Kansas play a critical role in supporting home child care providers through training, technical assistance and monitoring.

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What is required to participate?

To be eligible to participate in the CACFP a center must:

  • Be a public entity, or
  • Have tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or
  • Meet the requirements for a for-profit center.  For-profit child care centers are eligible if 25% or more of enrolled participants or 25% of the licensed capacity are receiving child care subsidies or are low-income children.  For-profit adult day care centers are eligible if the center meets the 25% rule with Medicaid beneficiaries.

In addition, a child care center must be licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).  An adult care center must be licensed appropriately for the care of non-residential adults.  Emergency shelters and domestic violence shelters must have health and safety inspection certificates.

To be eligible to participate in the CACFP, a day care home must be licensed by KDHE and sign a provider agreement with a sponsoring organization.

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How is reimbursement determined?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture bases CACFP reimbursement on the type of meal and the income level of participants.  The meal types are breakfast, lunch/dinner and snacks. Centers have three income categories:  free, reduced price and paid.  Family day care homes have two income categories:  Tier 1 and Tier 2.  Facilities earn reimbursement for eligible meals and snacks served to enrolled participants.

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How does the CACFP work?

CACFP partially reimburses participating centers for serving nutritious meals.  The program is administered at the federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Child Nutrition & Wellness at the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) administers the CACFP in Kansas.  Child Nutrition & Wellness approves independent centers and sponsoring organizations to operate the program at the local level.  KSDE also monitors the program and provides training and assistance to ensure successful participation in the CACFP.

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How can I get more information?
Please contact Child Nutrition & Wellness at 785-296-2276. 

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