Child Care Centers

Food Program Participation

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Center Eligibility Requirements

Child Care Centers can participate if they are:

  • Licensed or legally exempt from licensing

  • A nonprofit center

OR

  • A for profit center if 25% of participants receive Title XX (Child Care Assistance) funds, or are from a low income household

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Participant Eligibility Requirements

Child care centers receive payments for serving nutritious meals to infants and children age 12 and younger.


CACFP meals give infants and children the nutrition they need as a routine part of their day care program. CACFP reimbursements help to lower the cost of serving meals at centers.

Checklist

Daily Tasks

Each day your center must complete the following:

  • Keep accurate attendance records

  • Complete meal counts while the children are eating

  • Complete food production records to show that enough food was made

  • Record any menu changes

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Monthly Tasks

Each month your center must complete the following:

  • Complete forms for new participants

    • CACFP Annual Form

    • Special Diet Statement/Milk Substitution

  • Post a dated menu

  • Submit claim information to FEEDING OUR FUTURE

  • Train new staff on the CACFP required elements and Civil Rights

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Annual Tasks

Each year your center must complete the following:

  • Collect new CACFP Annual Forms

  • Renew catering contract

  • Update purchasing procedures

  • Train staff on CACFP required elements and civil rights

 

Meal Pattern

Meals and Snacks Must Meet Basic Requirements

Waffles

Breakfast

All Breakfasts Must Meet the Meal Pattern Requirements to be Reimbursable

Sandwiches

Lunch and Supper

All Lunches and Suppers Must Meet the Meal Pattern Requirements to be Reimbursable

Banana bunches

Snacks

All Snacks Must Meet the Meal Pattern Requirements to be Reimbursable

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Infants

All Meals and Snacks Served to Infants Must Meet the Meal Pattern Requirements