The Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture to provide financial reimbursement to licensed/registered child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care.  Providers and children also participate in nutrition education through fun activities which promote good eating habits, gross motor activities and healthy habits.

The CACFP benefits providers, parents, children, and the community.

  • Providers receive cash reimbursements to help with food costs
  • Providers health, and the health of their own children, is improved
  • Children receive balanced meals that contain a variety of foods
  • Families have guidance and support for their children’s nutrition
  • The reimbursements are spent locally, supporting the local economy 
  • The CACFP contributes to a healthier, more dependable workforce

Registered Home Providers receive monthly reimbursements based on the number of meals/snacks served to enrolled children.  The amount a provider receives is based on a 2-Tier reimbursement system.  This rate system is based on demographics and income.

Effective July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 the following reimbursement rates apply:

Meal/Snack Tier 1 Tier 2
Breakfast $1.39 $0.50
Lunch/Supper $2.61 $1.58
Snacks $0.78 $0.21

Licensed Child Care Centers may be sponsored by Community Action. Centers receive monthly reimbursements to provide nutritious meals and snacks to the children. Head Start is a participant in the CACFP program. For more information contact the CACFP Director Cheryl Flaatten at: 319-753-0193 or