Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

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CACFP Week - March 15- 21, 2020


State of Maine Child & Adult Care Food Program Week Proclamation

What is the Child and Adult Care Food Program? 

The CACFP is a federally funded program that is administered by the states to ensure that eligible children have access to healthy, nutritious food.

CACFP serves At Risk After School Programs, Adult Day Centers, Child Care Centers, Family Day Care Homes and Emergency Shelters.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program has served 4.2 million children and 130,000 adults nationwide.


Why use CACFP? 

CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellnes of older adults and those 18 years and older who are chronically impaired and/or disabled.

Programs that can use CACFP:

Adult Day Centers

CACFP provides nutritious meals to adults 60 and older or adults over 18 who are mentally or physically impaired to the extent  that it limits their independence. Up to 2 meals and 1 snack per adult per day are reimbursable through CACFP.

At Risk After School Programs

CACFP provides funding to after school programs that serve healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in low income areas.  Up to 1 meal and 1 snack per child per day are reimbursable through CACFP.

Child Care Centers

The Child Care Centers section of CACFP provides funding for public and private nonprofit child care centers, Head Starts, outside school hours care centers.  For-profit centers must prove that 25% of those in their care are from low income families. Up to 2 meals and 1 snack per child per day are reimbursable through CACFP.

Emergency Shelters

The Emergency component of CACFP allows children who experience homelessness to have access to free, healthy and nutritious food at licensed facilities.

Family Day Care Homes

The Family Day Care Homes portion of CACFP is for those who are home day care providers. Up to 2 meals and 1 snack per child per day are reimbursable through CACFP. Use this link to see a list of Day Care Home Sponsors by County



CACFP Resources

Here you will find a variety of useful links from the USDA as well as links to Civil Rights, wellness, nutrition, procurement and other helpful information to help your institution meet CACFP guidelines and requirements. 


Looking for a form for a meal count worksheet, portion menu, meal pattern guidelines? Our forms page has those any many others that you need to monitor and track your CACFP information.


Need a claim form or instructions? Want to know what the reimbursement rate is for this year? Our claims page has what you are looking for.


For more information or questions about the Child and Adult Care Food Program please contact a Child Nutrition CACFP staff member.