Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program that is administered and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The purpose of the program is to ensure that eligible children and adults who attend qualifying non-residential care facilities receive nutritious meals.  Child care facilities 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


  • 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

  • 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

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