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Child and Adult Care Food Program

Includes background information, steps on how to apply, the Administrative Manual, meal pattern requirements, claiming information, policy guidance, compliance, trainings, resources, and contacts for program operators.

Program Summary

The Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) is a state and federally funded Child Nutrition Program (CNP) designed to provide nutritious meals and snacks served to infants, children, and adults. CACFP providers are reimbursed for meals and snacks that are served. The goal of the program is to enhance participants health and well-being. There are four components to the CACFP: (1) Child Care, (2) Adult Day Care, (3) Emergency Shelter, and (4) At-risk Afterschool Care.

  1. The Child Care component provides reimbursement to licensed and unlicensed child care centers and day care homes for healthy meals and snacks served to eligible child care centers that meet the meal pattern standards. Examples of providers include: Early Head Start centers, Head Start centers, Even Start centers, infant centers, preschool centers, and outside-school-hours centers.

  2. The Adult Day Care component is available to public or private nonprofit organizations or certain for-profit organizations that provide healthy meals that meet the meal pattern standards in a nonresidential day care facility to functionally impaired adults or adults who are 60 years of age or older. Examples of providers include adult day care centers, support day care centers, adult day health centers, and approved Alzheimer centers.

  3. The Emergency Shelter component is available to public or private nonprofit organizations that provide healthy meals that meet the meal standards in temporary shelter and food services to homeless children and their parents or guardians. Examples of providers include those offering emergency housing shelter for families.

  4. The At-risk Afterschool Care component provides a much-needed service to their communities. They provide children a safe place to go after school and nutritious food that gives them the energy they need to concentrate on homework and join their friends in physical, educational, and social activities. The At-risk Afterschool care component provides reimbursement to public or nonprofit organizations for meal and or snacks served. Examples of providers include: school food authorities, military organizations, Boys and Girls Clubs, Young Men’s Christian Association sites, and Young Women’s Christian Association sites.

This web page was updated as of August 2020.

Definitions

Adult day care center: Public or private nonprofit adult day care center approved to provide nonresidential adult day care services to adults that are 60 years or older or functionally impaired.

Agency: The general term for any organization that has a CACFP agreement with the Nutrition Services Division. This includes DCH sponsors, child care centers, and adult day care centers.

At-risk afterschool center: A licensed or license-exempt center that administers the At-risk Afterschool Meals component of the CACFP.

Child care center: A variety of public or private nonprofit child care centers, Head Start programs, outside-school-hours care centers, and other institutions which are licensed or approved to provide child care services. Private for-profit centers that serve low income children may also be eligible. Does not include day care home sponsors or providers.

Child Nutrition Information and Payment System: The online database used by the Nutrition Services Division to receive and maintain agency applications and to process claims for reimbursement.

DCH provider: A family day care home provider that participates in the CACFP under the umbrella of a day care home sponsor.

DCH sponsor: A nonprofit or public agency that has a current, valid program agreement with the Nutrition Services Division to sponsor one or more DCH providers for the CACFP.

Eligibility: The state of having the ability to participate in the CACFP based on specific criteria according to the program type.

Independent center: An agency that operates a center at one single physical site. Independent centers enter into an agreement with the California Department of Education (CDE) to assume financial and administrative responsibility for program operations.

National School Lunch Program:The program that assists schools and other agencies to provide nutritious lunches to children at free or reduced-prices.

Reimbursement: CACFP operators claim snacks and meals served to eligible adults and children to receive payment for these claims.

School-aged center: Also known as outside-school-hours care center; a licensed or license-exempt center that provides organized nonresidential child care services to children during hours outside of school.

School Breakfast Program:The program that assists schools and other agencies in providing nutritious breakfasts to children at free or reasonable prices.

School Food Authority:An administering entity for the operation of a school meal program. It can receive federal meal reimbursements for administering the meal programs. A school food authority may be the governing body that is responsible for the administration of one or more schools and has the legal authority to operate the National School Lunch Program or be otherwise approved to operate the National School Lunch Program (e.g., a school district, several school districts, individual schools, charter schools, and County Offices of Education). It may also be a public center.

School Nutrition Programs:Within California, any of the following programs: School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Seamless Summer Option, or Special Milk Program.

Sponsors:Sponsoring organizations that are entirely responsible for the administration of the CACFP for: (a) one or more DCH providers; (b) two or more centers (see definition of centers); (c) a center that is a legally distinct entity from the sponsoring organization (see definition of sponsor of unaffiliated centers), or (d) any combination of the above.

Sponsors of unaffiliated centers or sponsor of independent centers: A sponsoring organization of two or more centers that are unaffiliated with the sponsor. Sponsors of unaffiliated centers enter into an agreement with the CDE to assume financial and administrative responsibility for program operations.

Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), Part 226: The Code of Federal Regulations is the permanent rules and regulations published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States. 7 CFR, Title 7, Part 226 External link opens in new window or tab. is the federal regulations for the CACFP.

Title III, Part C of the Older American’s Act: Provides grants to states and U.S. Territories to support nutrition services including nutritious meals, nutrition education, and other appropriate nutrition services for older adults in order to maintain health, independence, and quality of life. Meals and nutrition services are to be served in a congregate setting or delivered to the home, if the older adult is homebound. Adult day care centers on the CACFP may be in receipt of these funds.

Title XIX of the Social Security Act: Provides federal grants to the states for medical assistance programs. Centers on the CACFP may have clients who are categorically eligible by way of Title XIX.

Title XX of the Social Security Act: Provides funding to counties for local social services programs to preserve families. The funds are used to strengthen, restore, maintain, or improve the participant’s ability to be self-supportive and independent. Centers on the CACFP may have clients who are categorically eligible by way of Title XX.

Background

The earliest federal meal assistance program for preschool children in day care was the Special Food Service Program for Children (SFSPFC) year-round component, established by Public Law 90-302 in 1968. Authorized initially as a three-year pilot program, it provided reimbursement specifically limited to meals served in day care centers, settlement houses, and recreation centers which provided child care services in areas with high concentrations of working mothers and where poor economic conditions existed. Congress reaffirmed support for this limited assistance in 1972, when Public Law 92-433 extended SFSPFC authorization through fiscal year 1975.

1975: Congress enacted Public Law 94-105

  • Established and authorized for three years the separate Child Care Food Program (CCFP) and mandated a number of significant changes:

    • For the first time, child care institutions and facilities were required to meet certain licensing or approval standards to participate;

    • Eligibility was extended to any public or private nonprofit organization providing nonresidential child care services, regardless of location; and

    • Application procedures and reimbursement formulas were patterned after the National School Lunch Program free and reduced-price eligibility requirements, based on the household size and income of each enrolled child.

1978: Congress enacted Public Law 95-627

  • Established several new provisions including the availability of advance payments on request to participating centers; a broader definition of "children" to include disabled persons over 18 years of age; and the expansion of eligibility to include Outside School Hours Care Centers (OSHCC). Also the CCFP was permanently authorized by this law.

1981: Congress enacted Public Law 97-35

  • Reduced the eligibility age limit from 18 to 12 years, except for migrant workers' children who can participate through age 15 and disabled persons attending eligible institutions and facilities. It also set a limit on the maximum number of reimbursable meals at two meals and one supplement (snack) or one meal and two snacks per child per day.

1988: Congress enacted Public Law 100-435

  • Provided for an additional reimbursable meal or snack for children in attendance at child care centers for eight or more hours per day.

1989: Congress enacted Public Law 101-147

  • Authorized state agencies to take center renewal applications and agreements on an every-other-year basis, and, with the passage of the 1987 Older Americans Act, amended Public Law to allow for participation by selected adult day care centers in the CCFP. The addition of an entirely new age bracket promoted a new provision the program and led to a name change from the CCFP to the CACFP.

1994: Congress enacted Public Law 103-448

  • Further amended the renewal application process to allow centers, at the discretion of the state agency, to reapply at three-year intervals. This law contained several other provisions, including automatic eligibility for Even Start.

1996: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-193)

  • Reduced the maximum number of meals which may be claimed for reimbursement by child care centers participating in CACFP to a maximum of two meals and one snack, or one meal and two snacks, regardless of the length of time a child is in attendance.

1998: Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-336)

  • Several provisions in this law affected the administration of CACFP for child care centers:

    • Authorized OSHCCs, in areas where Federal, State or local licensing or approval is not required, to participate in CACFP by meeting state or local health and safety standards.

  • Removed reference to an institution’s receipt of Title XX funds as an acceptable form of approval when federal, state, or local licensing or approval is not available.

    • Transferred authority over Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) homeless sites to CACFP.

    • Permanently reinstated categorical (automatic) eligibility for free meals in CACFP for prekindergarten children participating in the Even Start Program.

  • Provided funding on an entitlement basis for the demonstration projects conducted in the states of Kentucky and Iowa. Under these demonstration projects, for-profit child care centers in these two states were eligible to receive CACFP reimbursement if at least 25 percent of the children enrolled in the center, or 25 percent of its licensed capacity, were determined eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

2010: Hunger Healthy Kids Free Act

  • The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (Act) of 2010 (Public Law 111-296) identified the CACFP as a nutrition program that contributes to the healthy growth and development of young children. The Act was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2010. Section 331 of the Act amended Section 17(d)(2) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 United States Code 1766) to prohibit the Secretary of Agriculture from requiring edit checks to detect block claims or unannounced follow-up reviews related to block claims (Public Law 111-296). The Act also provided for improved access to nutrition assistance through Program expansion, outreach, and provisions that make it easier for children to get nutritious meals when they are away from home. Some provisions of the Act, which pertain to the operation of the CACFP by child care centers:

    • Expanded CACFP afterschool meals for at-risk children to all States;

    • Added nutrition and wellness to the Program purpose statement;

    • Allowed for fluid milk substitutes;

    • Required fluid milk substitutes for non-disabled children to be nutritionally equivalent to milk (same as existing requirement for schools);

    • Required all child care centers to make water available at meal times and throughout the day;

    • Required CACFP State agencies to enter into permanent agreements with institutions;

    • Required one-time application to CACFP, with annual updates of licensing and other information; and

    • Expanded automatic eligibility for free meals to a foster child who is the responsibility of the State or placed by a court.

2011: Improving Management and Program Integrity Rule

  • Child and Adult Care Food Program Improving Management and Program Integrity Rule by the Food and Nutrition Service. This final rule incorporated into the CACFP regulations modifications, clarifications, and technical changes to the two interim rules published by the Department on June 27, 2002 and September 1, 2004.

2012: Less-than-arms-length Transactions

  • Issued Amendments Related to the Act, published in the Federal Register. Required renewing institutions to certify that they have no unreported less-than-arms-length transactions or other potential conflicts of interest and that any anticipated less than-arms-length transactions or other potential conflicts of interest in the upcoming year have been disclosed to the State.

2015: USDA Proposed Rule: CACFP Meal Pattern Revisions

  • The USDA released a proposed rule to update the CACFP meal requirements. The new rule promoted more fruits, vegetables and whole-grains in the diets of CACFP participants, and reduced fat, sugar, and salt in program meals. The USDA reported that the enhanced meal standards will be cost-neutral to states, as no additional funding for meal reimbursements were provided in the Act.

2016: USDA Proposed Rule: Child Nutrition Program Integrity

  • Child Nutrition Program Integrity, A Proposed Rule by the Food and Nutrition Service released for public comment. This rule proposed to codify several provisions of the Act affecting the integrity of the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP), including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Special Milk Program for Children, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and State Administrative Expense Funds. For the status of this rule, visit the Federal Register Child Nutrition Program Integrity web page External link opens in new window or tab..

2016: USDA Final Rule: CACFP Meal Pattern Requirements

  • (7 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 210, 215, 220) As part of the Act, USDA made the first major changes in the CACFP Meal Patterns since the Program’s inception in 1968. This rule required centers and day care homes participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to serve more whole grains and a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, and reduced the amount of added sugars and solid fats in meals. In addition, this final rule supported mothers who breastfeed and improved consistency with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children and with other CNPs.

2017: Implementation of New CACFP Meal Pattern

  • Implementation of the rule began on October 1, 2017.

2018: CACFP turns 50!

  • CACFP celebrated its 50th birthday. Throughout CACFP’s 50-year history it has updated its nutrition standards to better align with the Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This ensures that children have access to healthy food and can learn about the connection between nutrition and a healthy lifestyle from an early age. Without CACFP, care providers would struggle to provide children with healthy food options. We celebrate all this program has done in its 50-year history to provide millions of children access to healthy food in order to lead successful lives.

How to Apply

Below is an overview of the CACFP application process. Interested organizations must contact the assigned Community Nutrition Specialist to receive specific steps and deadlines.

Steps to Apply

  • Step 1: Contact the CACFP specialist assigned to your county by phone or by email at CACFP Contact List web page.

  • Step 2: The specialist will complete a prescreening questionnaire over the phone; during the phone call the specialist will either deem you eligible or not eligible to apply for the CACFP. If you are deemed eligible, the specialist will follow up with an email containing application instructions and deadlines based on your agency type.

  • Step 3: Once the specialist has received and reviewed the requested documentation by the deadline, the specialist will determine if you meet the performance standards that demonstrate Viability, Capability, and Accountability. If you do, you will be given access to the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) website External link opens in new window or tab., where you will complete and submit an online application for your agency.

  • Step 4: When your application in the CNIPS is complete, a specialist will schedule a visit to your center. This visit includes staff training on all program requirements

Please note: The CACFP application process generally takes several months from the initial application date until a final determination is made.

Administrative Manual

The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) developed the CACFP Administrative Manual which provides both state and federal guidance on critical compliance areas of the CACFP. Requirements outlined in this manual apply to all CACFP agencies, except where noted. The CDE revises the CACFP Administrative Manual as program updates take place; agencies are ultimately responsible for complying with all current state and federal regulations, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Instructions, USDA policy memoranda, and CDE management bulletins.

To view the manual, visit the CDE CACFP Administrative Manual web page.

Meal Pattern Requirements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service has provided reference charts describing the meal pattern requirements for infant, children, and adult participants in all CACFP program types. Program operators participating in any component of the CACFP: Child Care, Adult Day Care, Emergency Shelter, and the At-risk Afterschool Snack component must comply with the meal pattern requirements below.

Moreover, program operators operating the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), NSLP Snack Program, School Breakfast Program, Seamless Summer Option, and Summer Food Service Program serving children under six years of age (not comingled with children over six years of age) must comply with the infant and child meal pattern requirements below.

Meal Patterns Description
Infant Meal Pattern External link opens in new window or tab.(PDF) Infant meal pattern for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack for infants ages birth through 11 months.
Child Meal Pattern External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) Child meal pattern for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack for children ages 1 through 18 years.
Adult Meal Pattern External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) Adult meal pattern for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack for adults in adult day care homes and centers.

Additional Meal Pattern Information

For meal pattern information, including upcoming workshop and conference information, online courses, resources, policy guidance, and compliance, visit the California Department of Education CACFP Meal Patterns web page.

Claiming

Program operators participating in the CACFP must submit a claim to receive their reimbursement funding.

  • To submit an electronic claim, visit the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) website External link opens in new window or tab.. The CNIPS is the California Department of Education (CDE) online system for administering claim reimbursement for all Child Nutrition Programs (CNP).

    Please note: All claims must be submitted within 60 days after the month served. For example: A claim for the month of June (June 1–30), must be submitted by August 29 (60 days after the last day of June).

  • For CNP annual reimbursement rates, visit the CDE Rates, Eligibility Scales, & Funding web page.

  • To view claim submission resources and worksheets, visit the Nutrition Services web page, select the CACFP tab, and scroll down to the Claim Submission Information and Worksheets sections.

  • For standard questions regarding submitting claims for all components of the CACFP, visit the CACFP Administrative Manual, Section 5.1: Claims for Reimbursement web page.

  • To contact a claims analyst regarding your claim completion or payments, visit the Nutrition Services web page, select the Analyst Directory tab, and scroll down to the analyst in your county.

Policy Guidance

CACFP Operators are required to administer their programs in compliance with the following state and federal policy.

Resource Description
Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), Part 226 External link opens in new window or tab. The Code of Federal Regulations is the permanent rules and regulations published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States. 7 CFR, Title 7, Part 226 is the federal regulations for the CACFP.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) CACFP Policy Memo web page External link opens in new window or tab. The USDA issues federal policy memorandum related to operating the CACFP as changes are made to the program.
USDA CACFP Handbook web page External link opens in new window or tab. The USDA provides guidance handbooks for all CACFP agency types. Program operators are required to read and abide by the policy and information provided in these handbooks.
California Department of Education (CDE) CACFP Management Bulletins web page The CDE issues state specific management bulletins that incorporate federal and state policy related to operating the CACFP in California.
CDE CACFP Administrative Manual The CDE Nutrition Services Division developed the CACFP Administrative Manual which provides state and federal guidance on critical compliance areas of the CACFP for all agencies, including centers and day care home sponsors.

Compliance

The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) monitors compliance of operators participating in the CACFP including child and adult care centers, At-risk afterschool care centers, emergency shelters, and day care home sponsors by conducting an administrative review (AR). ARs occur approximately every three years. The AR is mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is a compliance and evaluation process designed to ensure CACFP Operators are meeting program requirements. The following resources can assist program operators with preparing for the review.

Resource Description
Meal Pattern Documentation Checklist All CACFP Operators may use this checklist to determine whether they are meeting the CACFP meal pattern documentation requirements for reimbursable meals and snacks. To download the document, log into the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) website External link opens in new window or tab., select the CACFP box, select applications, select downloadable forms, and select Form ID CACFP 89.

Trainings

CACFP Mandatory Training

The CACFP federal regulations (Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 226.17[b][10]) require that all CACFP Operators, including child and adult care centers, at-risk afterschool care centers, emergency shelters, and day care home sponsors, ensure that at least one person with administrative responsibilities for the CACFP complete state agency-provided CACFP Mandatory Training annually.

New CACFP Operators who joined the CACFP in the current program year are not required to complete that current program year’s CACFP Mandatory Training. For example, CACFP Operators who joined the CACFP in the 2020–21 program year are not required to complete the 2020–21 CACFP Mandatory Training. However, those program operators will be required to complete the 2021–22 Mandatory Training.

Day care home providers are never required to complete the state agency-provided CACFP Mandatory Training.

CACFP Mandatory Training always includes civil rights compliance and additional topic(s) that may change each program year. The training topic(s) are determined based upon new regulations, common administrative review (AR) findings, or frequently asked questions.

The CDE will notify CACFP Operators each program year when the CACFP Mandatory Training is available and provide instructions on how to fulfill the training requirement. For more information about CACFP Mandatory Training requirements, including who in the agency is responsible for completing the requirement and training relevant staff, access the CDE Management Bulletin (MB) CACFP-03-2019, Training Requirements in the CACFP.

Prospective CACFP Operator Trainings

During The CACFP application process, county CACFP specialists will require prospective CACFP Operators to complete a series of online trainings, depending on agency type. The required online trainings by agency type are listed the tables below. These trainings are designed to instruct prospective CACFP Operators on the requirements needed to successfully operate the CACFP. Prospective CACFP Operators must complete all training requirements, including the Civil Rights and Complaints in the CNPs online training,prior to operating the CACFP and claiming meals for reimbursement.

For more information on training requirements in the CACFP, access the CDE MB CACFP-03-2019, Training Requirements in the CACFP.

Please note: The CDE recommends that prospective CACFP Operators complete the steps outlined in the Apply tab before viewing any of the online trainings below.

Child Care

Course Number Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
410
Human Resources
Child and Adult Care Centers
455
Free and Reduced-price Meal Benefits
Child Care Centers
456
Program Management
Child and Adult Care Centers
457
Purchasing/Procurement
Child and Adult Care Centers
714
Menu Planning
Child and Adult Care Centers
813
Menu Planning
Child Care Centers with Infants
USDA
External
Menu Planning
Child and Adult Care Centers

Adult Day Care

Course Number Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
410
Human Resources
Child and Adult Care Centers
454
Free and Reduced-price Meal Benefits
Adult Day Care Centers
456
Program Management
Child and Adult Care Centers
457
Purchasing/Procurement
Child and Adult Care Centers
714
Menu Planning
Child and Adult Care Centers
USDA
External
Menu Planning
Child and Adult Care Centers

At-risk Afterschool Care Centers

Course Number Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
410
Human Resources
At-risk Afterschool Centers
456
Program Management
Child and Adult Care Centers
457
Purchasing/Procurement
At-risk Afterschool Centers
714
Menu Planning
At-risk Afterschool Centers
USDA
External
Menu Planning
At-risk Afterschool Centers

Emergency Shelter

Course Number Course Name Training Topic Target Audience
410
Human Resources
Emergency Shelters
456
Program Management
Child and Adult Care Centers
457
Purchasing/Procurement
Emergency Shelters
714
Menu Planning
Emergency Shelters
USDA
External
Menu Planning
Emergency Shelters

In-person Elective Trainings

Course Name Description
Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA) Forums
The NPA Forums highlight and demonstrate methods for integrating nutrition education, edible gardens, wellness policies, and physical activity into child care center classrooms and family child care homes. Participants will learn ways to create learning environments that maximize opportunities for children to develop healthy eating habits and to move their bodies to learn. These forums provide a unique platform where early childhood educators can express challenges and develop solutions toward supporting active living and healthy eating environments. To register for the NPA Forums, visit the California Preschool Instructional Network Child Care NPA Forums web page External link opens in new window or tab..
Meal Quality (MQ) Forums
The MQ Forums focus on enhancing the nutrition environment of early child care programs through improved food preparation and service. The forums highlight healthy meal planning, food purchasing, food preparation, culinary skills, recipe development, and kitchen safety. Participants are exposed to a variety of recipes and techniques to assist with the creation of meals to bolster health and wellness. These forums provide a unique platform where cooks from early child care programs will engage in culinary techniques in a professional kitchen environment. To register for the MQ Forums, visit the California Preschool Instructional Network Child Care MQ Forums web page External link opens in new window or tab..


All CACFP Online Trainings

To view a catalog of online trainings related to the CACFP, select the CACFP tab on the CDE CNP Course Catalog web page. These online trainings were developed to assist CACFP Operators with staff training, career development, and compliance needs.

Resources

Forms

Resource Description
This form is used by parents or guardians to have a medical authority prescribe special meals or accommodations during meals. For translations, check the Available Translations of the Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations for Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) web page.
This form is used by parents/guardians to request a fluid milk substitute due to a medical or other special dietary need.

Additional Forms

For a complete list of forms specific to the CACFP, visit the CDE Child Nutrition Information and Payment System website External link opens in new window or tab.. select the CACFP box, select applications, select downloadable forms.

General Resources

Resource Description
A list of locations that provide free or low cost, nutritious meals through their participation in the CACFP.
A list of California day care home sponsors operating the CACFP.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Buying Guide web page External link opens in new window or tab.
The online manual assists sponsors in buying the appropriate amount and type of food and to determine the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements for the CACFP.
California Department of Industrial Relations Workplace Postings web page External link opens in new window or tab.
The California Department of Industrial Relations requires all California employers, including child care institutions and day care centers, to post information related to wages, hours and working conditions in an area frequented by employees where it may be easily read during the workday.

Nutrition and Meal Patterns

Resource Description
Includes meal patterns, upcoming workshop and conferences information, online courses, resources, policy guidance, compliance, frequently asked questions, and contact information for CACFP Operators.
Includes links to nutrition education curriculum, recipes, cooking in classroom, and more for the CACFP.

Best Practices

Resource Description
Includes a list of funding opportunities, online trainings, food safety resources, and more to assist program operators in incorporate a farm to school program into their existing food service operation.
Information on plate waste including strategies, best practices, and resources for sponsors participating in CNPs.
Preschools Shaping Healthy Impressions through Nutrition and Exercise (SHINE) program background information, eligibility, award levels, application process, trainings, resources, the list of certified SHINE sites, and contacts.

Contacts

For a list of the CACFP specialists contact list, visit the California Department of Education CACFP Contacts List web page.

General Contact Information

Contact Phone Email
Joseph Cormack, Manager 916-324-7133 Jcormack@cde.ca.gov
Jeannine Cook, Manager 916-322-2146 Jcook@cde.ca.gov
CACFP General Email Not applicable CACFP@cde.ca.gov
CACFP Fax Number 916-323-1952 Not applicable
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 17, 2020
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