CACFP Administrative ManualA guide to the Child and Adult Care Food Program critical compliance standards for centers and day care home sponsors.
The CACFP Administrative Manual contains guidance on critical compliance areas of the CACFP for all agencies, including centers and DCH sponsors. Requirements outlined in this manual apply to all CACFP agencies, expect where noted. It is highly recommended that agencies read the Terms and Definitions section for a list of important acronyms and definitions.
The CDE will make revisions to the manual as program updates take place; however, agencies will be ultimately responsible for complying will all current federal regulations, USDA FNS Instructions, USDA policy memorandums, and CDE Management Bulletins (MB).
This manual frequently refers users to numerous MBs, USDA policy memorandums, and USDA handbooks. These resources are located on the following Web pages:
- MBs can be found on the CDE CACFP Bulletin Web page.
- USDA policy memorandums can be found on the USDA CACFP Policy Web page .
- USDA handbooks can be found on the USDA CACFP Handbook Web page . Agencies approved for the CACFP can find the latest revisions of CACFP forms in the Download Forms section of the CNIPS.
If your agency has questions regarding the contents of this manual, please contact your CACFP program specialist. A list of program specialists by county can be found on the CDE CACFP Contact Web page.
Section 1: Program Eligibility
Section 2: Participant/Provider Eligibility
Section 3: Centers Reimbursement Determination
Section 4: DCH Reimbursement Determination
4.1 Steps for Determining Tiering Rate
4.2 Determining Area Eligibility
4.3 Meal Benefit Form (MBF) for Providers
4.4 Meal Benefit Form (MBF) for Parents (Tier II Homes)
Section 5: Claims
5.1 Center's Claims
5.2 DCH Claims
5.3 Prior Approval
Section 6: Budgets
6.1 Allowable Expenses
6.2 DCH Specific Budget
6.3 Centers Specific
Section 7: Procurement
Section 8: Meal Pattern Requirements
Section 9: Menu Planning
Section 10: Meal Service
Section 11: Civil Rights
Section 12: Training
Section 13: DCH and Center Sponsor Responsibilities
13.1 Recruitment New Providers/Sites
13.2 Monitoring Staff
13.3 5-day reconciliation