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Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Information about meal programs offered at public and private child care centers, day care homes, adult day care centers, and homeless shelters under CACFP.

Adult Day Care Component
Resources and information regarding the CACFP requirements for adult day care, support day care, adult day health care, and Alzheimer's resource centers.

Child Care Component
Resources and information regarding child care agency participation in the federal CACFP, including a segment on sponsors who administer the program in independent child care centers and day care homes.


CACFP Contact List
Contact information for CDE Nutrition Services Division CACFP specialists.

CACFP Eligibility, Guidance, Manuals, and Resources

The most recent child care center, day care home, and adult day care sponsor eligibility materials, guidance, manuals, and resources needed for proper administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Forms
Forms and completed sample forms for use by CACFP sponsors.

How to Apply
Information on how to begin the application process for the CACFP.

Mailing List
Sign up to receive Child and Adult Care Food Program information via e-mail.

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Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, January 23, 2020
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