Who is eligible for CACFP meals?
• children age 12 and under,
• migrant children age 15 and younger,
• functionally impaired adult participants
or adults age 60 and older enrolled in an
adult day care center, and
• youths through age 18 in afterschool
programs in needy areas.
What kinds of meals are served?
CACFP facilities follow the meal patterns
established by USDA.
• Breakfast consists of a serving of milk, fruit
or vegetable, and grains or bread.
• Lunch and dinner require milk, grains or
bread, meat or meat alternate, and two
different servings of fruits or vegetables.
• Snacks include two different servings of the
four components: milk, fruits or vegetables,
grains or bread, or meat or meat alternate.
Many different facilities operate CACFP, all
sharing the common goal of bringing nutri-
tious meals and snacks to participants.
• Child Care Centers
Licensed or approved public or private
nonprofit child care centers, Head Start
programs, and some for-profit centers
serve meals to large numbers of children.
• Family Day Care Homes
Small groups of children receive nonresi-
dential day care in licensed or approved
• Afterschool Care Programs
Centers in low-income areas provide free
snacks to school-age children and youth.
• Homeless Shelters
Emergency shelters provide residential and
food services to homeless children.
• Adult Day Care Centers
Public, private nonprofit, and some for-
profit adult day care facilities provide
structured, comprehensive services to
functionally impaired nonresident adults.
Building for the Future
What is CACFP?
CACFP is the Child and Adult Care Food
Program, a Federal program that provides
healthy meals and snacks to children and
adults receiving day care.
Each day more than 2.6 million children and
almost 60,000 older adults participate in
CACFP. Through CACFP, participants’ nutri-
tional needs are supported on a daily basis.
The program plays a vital role in improving
the quality of day care and making it more
affordable for many low-income familie