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Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), started in 1968, provides federal funds for meals and snacks to child care centers, family child care homes, before and after school programs, and adult day care centers.

The program, administered by the USDA, plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care and making it more affordable for many low-income families.  Each day, 2.6 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP.  The program also provides meals and snacks to 74,000 adults who receive care in nonresidential adult day care centers.  CACFP reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in homeless shelters, and snacks and suppers to youths participating in eligible afterschool care programs.

Independent centers and sponsoring organizations enter into agreements with their administering State agencies to assume administrative and financial responsibility for CACFP operations.

To learn more about CACFP, explore the following link: Why is CACFP Important?


Provider Documents (click here):


Food Buying Guide Calculator http://fbg.nfsmi.org/

Maine Roads to Quality - CACFP http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/maineroads/cacfp.htm


Nutrition Resources and Recipes:







Find the National CACFP Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/NationalCACFP


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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.