Child and Adult Care Food Program

CCSA sponsors the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program for family child care homes in Durham and surrounding counties. Funded under the National School Lunch Act, the Child Care Food Program (CCFP) is designed to improve the nutritional status of young children in child care by providing financial assistance to child care programs.

Program Overview

Child care centers may become an independent sponsor or may choose to be sponsored by a nonprofit agency, such as CCSA, to participate. Family child care home programs must choose a sponsor to participate.


Child care programs must have a sponsoring agency, such as CCSA, to participate. When participating providers serve nutritious meals to the children in their care and keep daily records such as meals served and attendance, they receive partial reimbursements for food expenses. Participants also receive nutritional workshops, recipes, tips and site monitoring and nutrition consultations.


  • Benefits of participating in CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program)?
    • Receive financial reimbursement to help defray the cost of meals prepared and served to children in the child care program
    • Receive free in-service training credit for programmatic and nutrition workshops
    • Receive direct deposit of reimbursement in your bank account
    • Unlimited consultation from qualified and dedicated staff
    • Access to all required forms
    • Monthly menu review to ensure compliance with Meal Patterns
  • Who is eligible to apply for participation in CACFP?
    • Child care programs serving children ages birth-12 years of age
    • Current license issued by State of North Carolina
    • Current licensure rating of 3 stars or higher (if less than a 3-star rated license, agree to complete a technical assistance application to increase licensure)
  • What is needed to receive reimbursement from CACFP?
    • Must have parents complete the required documentation for participation
    • Must attend a two-hour initial training with a Food Program staff member
    • Must serve meals and snacks that meet the USDA Guidelines for Meal Patterns
    • Must keep daily, up to date records of children’s attendance and meals served
    • Must submit a claim on a monthly basis to Child Care Services Association

CACFP Testimonials

  • Tener acceso al Programa de Alimentación ha sido una bendición para mí. El estrés ha desaparecido a la hora de preparar un menú nutricional y balanceado según la temporada del año; y el reconocimiento monetario definitivamente hace una gran diferencia positiva en mis finanzas. Estoy agradecida por la dedicación, la orientación y el apoyo del personal. ¡USTEDES HACEN LA DIFERENCIA!

    Participating family child care provider

  • The CCSA [CACFP] is truly a great food program. While I am somewhat new to the program, the staff has been absolutely awesome! They have been patient and flexible while I learn all the rules and regulations. This program has also provided me with numerous resources, such as nutritious recipes, monthly income and trainings that have benefited my family child care home.

    Participating family child care provider

  • CACFP Food program training, tools and overall value to our school has been tremendous. The tools and guidance have helped all of us (management, teachers, cook) become more nutritionally focused and able to ascertain whether the meals we are serving meet all criteria. The children and families are more confident in what we serve and pleased with our high nutritional standards.  In particular, our understanding and nutritional support to Infants has grown significantly!  Thank you for your support!

    Director of participating program

Equal Opportunity

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442; or email at

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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