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Annual Update Requirements for the CACFP

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: Child and Adult Care Food Program Institutions

Number: USDA-CACFP-06-2011

Attention: Food Service/Program Directors

Date: August 2011

Subject: Annual Update Requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Reference: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Policy Memo CACFP 19-2011; Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations parts 226.6(f)(1) and 226.6(f)(3)

Supersedes: Nutrition Services Division Information Alert USDA-CACFP-04-2011

This Management Bulletin (MB) notifies Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) agencies of changes to the annual update requirements for continuing participation in the CACFP. This MB supersedes the Nutrition Services Division (NSD) Information Alert USDA-CACFP-04-2011.


On December 13, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Act) (Public Law 111-296), making many important improvements to the Child Nutrition Programs that serve millions of children.

Under previous requirements, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) required agencies participating in the CACFP to submit a full renewal application every three years (Base Year renewal) and submit a shorter renewal application (Update Year) in each of the two intervening years. Pursuant to Section 331(b) of the Act and USDA Policy Memo CACFP 19-2011, the NSD will no longer require renewing institutions to submit Update or Base Year renewal applications.

New Procedures

Effective immediately, agencies will annually review all documents currently on file with the NSD in the Child Nutrition Information Payment System (CNIPS) and make any necessary updates to the agency’s information. Pursuant to Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Sections 226.6(f)(1)(iv) and 226.6(f)(3)(iv)(A), agencies will also annually submit a budget for the upcoming program year via the CNIPS.

After an agency has reviewed these documents, the agency will certify that all of the required documents are current, or have been updated as needed by electronically submitting the agency’s Application Packet to the NSD via the CNIPS.

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact the CACFP specialist assigned to your agency in the CNIPS. You will find a list of contact information for specialists in the Download Forms section of the CNIPS. You may also contact the Help Desk by phone at 800-952-5609, option 6.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, December 7, 2015
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