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USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program

What is the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program?

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that provides financial reimbursement to Licensed Family Child Care Providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care. It is an extension of the National School Lunch Act. The CACFP benefits Providers by providing them with nutrition training and monetary reimbursement to help defray food costs. Children benefit by receiving nutritious meals and snacks while they are in family child care.

There is no cost to the Provider to join the CACFP.

In Minnesota, the CACFP is administered by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and a nonprofit sponsoring organization. To obtain information on the USDA Child & Adult Care Food Program, contact Adults & Childrens Alliance.