Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program which
is administered and funded by the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service. The purpose of the program is
to ensure that eligible children and adults who attend qualifying
non-residential care facilities receive nutritious meals.
Why is CACFP
Child and Adult Care Food Program plays a vital role in improving the quality
of child care and making it more affordable for many low-income families. Each
day more than 3.2 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through
Child Care Centers:
Licensed or approved public or private nonprofit child care centers, Head
Start programs, and some for-profit centers.
Family Child Care
Homes: Licensed or approved private homes.
Programs: Centers in low-income areas provide free snacks to school-age
children and youth.
Emergency shelters provide food services to homeless children.
Care Networks, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation. Child Care Networks
is a child care resource and referral agency dedicated to the diverse child
care needs of our region. Child Care Networks also works with child care
providers to provide support, assistance, and valuable child care training
Cade and Tammy Matthews administer the CACFP to eligible child care centers and
family child care homes. Deborah and Tammy organize training, which includes
Child Watch Web software at no charge for those who wish to use it. We also
help with understanding record keeping requirements, and planning menus, and we
will file your monthly reimbursement claim with the state.
How do I get
us. We will come to your center or home to answer all of your questions.
How Does It
in child care homes and centers that participate in the Child and Adult Care
Food Program will …
Receive nutritious meals and snacks in spite of rising food costs.
Develop good eating habits.
Learn about nutrition and making good food choices.
Develop strong bodies, good teeth, and alert minds.
Have parents who can be assured that their children are receiving
nutritious meals and snacks as part of their daily care, without extra expense
How Does It
who participate in the CACFP will ….
Receive free, no obligation, in-home training in menu planning and
record-keeping at their convenience before beginning the program.
Be reimbursed for meals served to all enrolled children in care that
meet meal requirements established by USDA.
required CACFP trainings at no charge.
"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."