Child and Adult Care Food Program
To assist States, through grants-in-aid and other means, to initiate and maintain nonprofit food service programs for children and elderly or impaired adults enrolled in nonresidential day care facilities, children attending afterschool care programs in low-income areas, and children residing in emergency shelters. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) operates CACFP in partnership with State administering agencies to provide aid to child and adult care sponsoring organizations, centers, and day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons. Funds are also made available to the States for expenses associated with CACFP administration.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
FNS estimates an increase of 2.2 percent increase in meals provided in centers, with most of the growth in free meals (23.5 million increase, or 2.3 percent) plus paid meals (7.9 million increase over FY 2015, or a 2.2 percent increase). Tier I day care homes continue a modest increase, with a 0.3 percent growth in meals (1.2 million more than in FY 2015), while meals reimbursed in tier II day care homes continue to decline (down 2.3 million meals, a reduction of 4.0 percent from FY 2015). A total of 2.08 billion meals were served to approximately 4.3 million children and 500,000 adult participants. A child care center cared for and fed approximately 54 children on an average day and received $37,086 a year in meal reimbursement through CACFP. A family day care home cared for and fed approximately 7 children on an average day and received slightly more than $7,046 a year in meal reimbursement. The number of at-risk afterschool care centers in CACFP rose 15 percent from FY 2015, with an average of 70 children daily.Fiscal Year 2017
FNS served approximately 2.05 billion meals to children and adult participants in child care centers, family day care homes, at-risk afterschool care programs, and adult care centers. On average, CACFP child care centers had 56 children in attendance each day, and received about $37,744 a year in meal reimbursement. On average, a family day care home cared for and fed seven children daily, and received slightly more than $7,059 a year in meal reimbursement.Fiscal Year 2019
FNS anticipates approximately 2.06 billion meals to be served to children and adult participants in child care centers, family day care homes, at-risk afterschool care programs, and adult care centers. New standards have been fully implemented, which will further improve the nutritional quality of the meals served.Fiscal Year 2020
The current estimate projects 2.08 billion meals to be served to children and adult participants in child care centers, family day care homes, at-risk after school care programs, and adult care centers in FY 2019. This represents an increase of almost 18.2 million meals or 0.9 percent increase above the FY 2019 estimate of 2.06 billion meals. The change is the net result of an anticipated 1.8 percent increase in meals provided in centers and a -2.3 percent decrease in meals provided in family day care homes.
Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, Sections 9, 11, 14, 16 and 17, as amended, 89 Stat. 522-525, 42 U.S.C. 1758, 1759a, 1762a, 1765 and 1766.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The State or U.S. Territory agency applies for and signs an agreement to receive Federal funds for disbursement. The State agency enters into an agreement with each institution that has been approved for participation. The agreement is permanent and may be amended as necessary to ensure compliance with all Federal requirements. Institutions must agree to operate a nonprofit food service that is available to all eligible children and adult participants regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability.
Approved institutions providing nonresidential day care services may participate in CACFP. Eligible public and nonprofit private organizations may include day care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, family day care homes, and Head Start programs. Private for-profit centers may also participate if at least 25 percent of the children in care (enrolled or licensed capacity, whichever is less) are eligible for free or reduced price school meals or receive benefits under Title XX of the Social Security Act. Also eligible for participation are nonprofit centers which provide nonresidential adult day care, and private for-profit centers if the center receives compensation under Title XIX of the Social Security Act or Title XX, and at least 25 percent of the adults enrolled in the center receive benefits under Title XIX, Title XX, or a combination of both. Emergency shelters which provide shelter and meals to children experiencing homelessness and at-risk after school care programs in low-income areas are also eligible. Any eligible institution may participate in CACFP upon request with State agency approval.
Applicants that are not public or proprietary institutions must furnish evidence of tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A child or adult care institution submits a written application to the State agency for participation in CACFP.
Each State agency enters into a written agreement with FNS for the administration of the Program. An approved child or adult care institution signs a permanent written agreement with the State agency.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The State agency must make a decision within 30 calendar days of receiving a complete application from the institution.
The administering agency must provide a hearing procedure for local institution grievances.
The agreement is permanent and may be amended as necessary to ensure compliance with all Federal requirements.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) makes funds available to States for disbursement to eligible institutions to reimburse their costs in providing meals and snacks to children and adult participants enrolled in nonresidential day care, children attending afterschool care programs, and children residing in emergency shelters. Disbursement is made on the basis of the number of breakfasts, lunches, suppers, and snacks served, using annually adjusted reimbursement rates specified by law. CACFP allows reimbursement for up to two meals and one snack served each day to children through the age of 12, children of migrant workers through the age of 15, and persons with disabilities, in child care centers and day care homes. Adult day care centers receive reimbursement for up to two meals and one snack served each day to enrolled adults who are functionally impaired or age 60 and older. CACFP also provides reimbursement to emergency shelters for up to three meals served each day to residents age 18 and younger. In at-risk afterschool care programs, reimbursement is available for one snack and an additional meal served each day, during the regular school year, to children through the age of 18. All meals must meet USDA standards to be eligible for reimbursement. Funds are also paid to States for administrative expenses related to Program staffing and oversight, as well as for audit expenses associated with CACFP administration.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Audits may be conducted less frequently under conditions specified in OMB Circular No. A-133. For-profit institutions are subject to audit by their administering State agencies.
Institutions must maintain full and accurate records of Program operations for a period of 3 years after the end of the fiscal year to which they pertain. However, where there are unresolved audit findings, records must be retained until there is satisfactory resolution of all audit issues.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available for the period covered by the agreement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See the FNS Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive Room 628
Alexandria, VA 22302 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$3,832,748,000.00; FY 19 est $3,815,328,000.00; FY 20 est $3,839,675,000.00; FY 17$3,647,052,000.00; FY 16$3,451,559,000.00; - Audit funds, not included in the above totals, have been made available to each State for the expense of conducting audits and reviews under 7 CFR 226.8.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program regulations are codified at 7 CFR Part 226.
Examples of Funded Projects