Child and Adult Care Food Program

Posted: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 3:12pm Updated: Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:08am


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low-income families. Each day, 3.2 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP. The program also provides meals and snacks to 112,000 adults who receive care in nonresidential adult day care centers. CACFP reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in emergency shelters, and snacks and suppers to youths participating in eligible afterschool care programs.

March is National Nutrition Month. Are you ready?

USDA’s Team Nutrition has free resources to help you celebrate and educate. 

New Applicants

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Centers/MinistriesSponsors of Homes or Centers
Head Start Facilities Outside School Hours Programs
Adult Day Care Facilities At-Risk Afterschool Programs
Family Day Care Homes Homeless/Emergency Shelters

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