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Program Basics

CACFP provides per-meal or per-snack reimbursement funding to help providers serve nutritious food to children in their care. Approved providers buy and serve healthy meals and/or snacks, keep track of what they serve, then request reimbursement on a monthly basis. Providers also get free training and resources to support their efforts to provide nutritious foods.

CACFP Eligibility

Most daycare home providers are eligible to participate in CACFP, including:

  • Registered family day care providers
  • Licensed group family day care providers
  • Legally exempt, or informal, providers that receive child care payments from a county or city agency

The NYS Department of Health’s CACFP prescreening tool can help you determine if your day care is eligible. You can also contact our partner, Early Care and Learning Council, or your local CACFP sponsoring agency for more information.

Getting Started with CACFP

Day care home providers who participate in CACFP do so through a local sponsoring agency, often a Child Care Resource and Referral Center. To apply, contact your local sponsor; click here for a list of sponsors by county.

Meal Reimbursements & Requirements

CACFP reimburses providers for each creditable meal or snack served, up to two meals and one snack per child per day.

There are two reimbursement levels, or tiers:

  • Tier 1:  Providers who serve low-income children, live in a low-income area, or live in a household that meets income guidelines may be eligible for these higher reimbursement rates.
  • Tier 2: Providers who do not qualify for Tier 1 are reimbursed using these rates.

The reimbursement rates for July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 are listed below.

 

BreakfastLunch/SupperSnack
Tier 1$1.39$2.61$0.78
Tier 2$0.50$1.58$0.21

CACFP reimbursements can make a big difference in your food budget, even if you serve just a few children. For example, a provider in a low-income area who serves five children a morning snack, lunch, and supper 20 days per month could receive up to $600 per month in reimbursement.

To be eligible for reimbursement, meals and snacks must follow the CACFP meal patterns, which require certain food components (e.g., vegetables, fruits, grains, fluid milk, meat or meat alternate), and minimum serving sizes for different age groups. Click here for sample menus and additional information.

We can help

Together with our partners, the NYS Network for Youth Success and the Early Care and Learning Council, we provide afterschool programs, daycare providers, and their surrounding communities with tools, resources, and one-on-one guidance to increase participation in CACFP. Contact Krista Hesdorfer, Child Nutrition Programs Specialist, for assistance.

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