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CACFP - Food Program Resources

What is the CACFP?
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursement for healthful meals and snacks served to children and adults.  Because CACFP participants’ nutritional 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 families.

What kinds of meals are served?
CACFP facilities follow the meal patterns established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  • Breakfast requires a serving of milk, fruit or vegetable and bread or grain product.

  • Lunch and dinner consist of milk, bread or grain product, meat or meat alternate, and two different servings of fruits and/or vegetables.

  • Snacks include servings from two of the five components: milk, fruits, vegetables, bread or grain product, or meat or meat alternate.

Who is eligible for CACFP meals?

  • Children age 12 and under

  • Migrant children age 15 and younger

  • Youths through age 18 in the Area Eligible Snack Program and in emergency shelters

  • Functionally impaired children through age 18 in child care centers or day care homes.

  • Functionally impaired adult participants or adults age 60 and older enrolled in an adult day care center

What is required to participate?

To be eligible to participate in the CACFP, a day care home must be licensed by KDHE and sign a provider agreement with a sponsoring organization.

How is reimbursement determined?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture bases CACFP reimbursement on the type of meal and the income level of participants.  The meal types are breakfast, lunch/dinner and snacks. Centers have three income categories:  free, reduced price and paid.  Family day care homes have two income categories:  Tier 1 and Tier 2.  Facilities earn reimbursement for eligible meals and snacks served to enrolled participants.

How does the CACFP work?
CACFP partially reimburses participating centers for serving nutritious meals.  The program is administered at the federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Child Nutrition & Wellness at the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) administers the CACFP in Kansas.  Child Nutrition & Wellness approves independent centers and sponsoring organizations to operate the program at the local level.  KSDE also monitors the program and provides training and assistance to ensure successful participation in the CACFP.

CACFP Sponsoring Agencies 
Child Care Links
Hutchinson, KS
(620) 669-0291

Child Nutrition Services
Washington, KS
(785) 325-2642

Children’s Nutrition Services  
Fredonia, KS
(620) 378-4840

Day Care Connection
Lenexa, KS
(913) 529-1200

Douglas County Child Development Association
Lawrence, KS
(785) 842-9679

First Choice Support Services
Salina, KS
(785) 823-3555

Providers Premier Choice of SEK, Inc.
Fredonia, KS
(620) 378-2481

The Family Conservancy
Kansas City, KS
(913) 742-4139

JC Family Home Association
Junction City, KS
(785) 307-4370

Martin Luther King Jr CACFP
Salina, KS
(785) 827-5808 (877) 527-5808

Nutrition Plus
Winfield, KS
(620) 221-2777

Quality Care Services
El Dorado, KS
(316) 321-7237

Russell Child Development
Garden City, KS
(620) 275-0399

Salina Child Care Association
Salina, KS
(785) 827-6431

Sunshine Connections
Hays, KS
(785) 625-2093 (800) 569-4410
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