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Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides funding and support to help early care and afterschool providers serve nutritious meals and snacks to children and teens in their care. 

Quality nutrition is an important health and educational support for children, yet many go without the consistent nourishment they need to reach their full potential. More than 569,000 (41%) of our youngest children (under age 6) live in low income families across New York State (ACS 2015). Moreover, 1.6 million of New York State’s 2.7 million students (public K-12) qualify to eat school meals for free or at a reduced price (NYSED 2016), with many living in low-income households where families are most likely to struggle to provide nutritious meals at home.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) works to ensure children receive quality nutrition while in childcare and afterschool programs, helping to alleviate hunger and support their wellbeing and academic achievement. CACFP provides reimbursement and training to eligible care providers serving healthy meals and snacks to children enrolled in day care centers, home-based childcare settings, afterschool programs, and emergency shelters. CACFP benefits everyone; children get a nutritional boost at no cost to their families, and providers receive reimbursements to help offset the cost of buying and serving complete, nutritious meals.

CACFP is federally funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and administered at the state level by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). To contact NYSDOH for more information about CACFP, call (518) 402-7400 or email cacfp@health.ny.gov using the subject line "Outreach Coordinator."

Hunger Solutions New York provides community-based organizations and schools with tools and resources to help nourish children, including reports, county and district-level statistics, outreach materials, and individualized assistance. We also advocate for policy change at the local, state and federal levels. In 2016, Hunger Solutions New York began working in partnership with the NYS Network for Youth Success and the Early Care and Learning Council, experts in afterschool and early care, respectively, to increase participation in CACFP throughout the state.

Follow the links below to learn more about CACFP in childcare and afterschool settings, and visit SchoolMealsHubNY.org to find information about other nutrition programs for kids and teens. 

Please contact Misha Marvel, Child Nutrition Programs Specialist, or Krista Hesdorfer, CACFP Associate, for more information.

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Afterschool meals and snacks fuel enrichment beyond the traditional school day, so kids are ready to focus and engage.
Healthy meals and snacks served in childcare centers and home-based day care settings nourish young children during critical years of brain growth.
More information and resources from our statewide and national partners.