Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a key source of support for serving nutritious meals and snacks in child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start, after-school programs, shelters and adult day care centers. The program provides reimbursement for food and meal preparation costs, ongoing training in the nutritional needs of children, and onsite assistance in meeting the program's strong nutritional requirements. CACFP plays a vital role in creating and maintaining quality, affordable care for preschool and school-age children.
CACFP was founded in 1968 to provide federal funds for healthy meals and snacks served in child care centers and family child care homes. Congress has expanded CACFP to support children in a variety of new settings including at-risk after-school programs and homeless, domestic violence and runaway shelters. In addition, CACFP has been made available to adult day care centers serving chronically impaired adults or people over age 60.