Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides nutritionally balanced meals that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons. The CACFP reimburses child and adult care agencies with federally-funded dollars for meals and snacks that comply with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition standards and meal patterns.
USDA Overview of the Child and Adult Care Food Program
USDA CACFP Infant Meal Pattern Summary-English
USDA CACFP Infant Meal Pattern Summary
Children and Adults
USDA CACFP Meal Pattern Summary - English
USDA CACFP Meal Pattern Summary - Spanish
Family Child Care
As part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), family child care homes may receive reimbursement for meals and snacks that comply with USDA nutrition standards and meal patterns. Family child care homes must work with a sponsoring organization in order to participate in the CACFP. Sponsoring agencies will provide Family Child Care centers with training, monitoring, and technical assistance.
Family Child Care Providers: Review the Sponsoring Agencycontact information.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) can be an important resource to emergency shelters that provide residential and food services to children experiencing homelessness. Emergency shelters receive the highest rates of payment for serving meals, which meet Federal nutritional guidelines, to eligible children. Residents 18 and younger who receive their meals at an emergency shelter are automatically eligible for free meals. There are no application forms for families to fill out.
Emergency Shelter Information
Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs
200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595