You should know...

CACFP offers reimbursements, meal planning guidance, and training to help providers serve nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care. 

  • CACFP is a reimbursement-based program: approved providers buy and serve healthy meals, then request reimbursement on a monthly basis. Learn more about reimbursement rates for child care centers and child care homes.

  • Meals reimbursed through CACFP must meet the NYS Deptartment of Health's meal patterns, which specify required food components and minimum serving sizes for different age groups. Click here to access the current meal patterns.

  • Day care home providers who participate in CACFP do so through a local sponsoring agency, often a Child Care Resource and Referral Center. Sponsoring agencies offer application assistance, ongoing support, and technical assistance to providers. Click here to access a list of local sponsoring agencies.