• Child and Adult Care Food Program for Centers
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Child and Adult Care Food Program for Centers

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program that provides payments for eligible meals and snacks served to Minnesota children and adults who meet age and income requirements. Meals and snacks served by participating institutions must meet minimum guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The CACFP helps institutions serve well-balanced, nutritious meals to the participants in their care. Serving nutritious meals and snacks helps improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of participants and can help them develop and maintain good eating habits.

The CACFP serves:

  • Children age 0 to 12 in child care centers.
  • Children through age 18 in at-risk afterschool programs and emergency shelters.
  • Children of migrant workers, through age 15.
  • Functionally impaired disabled persons receiving care in a center where most children are 18 years of age and younger. 
  • Adults age 60 or older or impaired adults of any age in non-residential day care settings.

The funds provided for CACFP are from the USDA. The program is operated in Minnesota through the Division of Nutrition, Health and Youth Development at the Minnesota Department of Education.

Read the nondiscrimination statement.

Program Regulations
Current Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) related to this program are available on the U.S. Government Printing Office website:

  •  - 3/25/21
    This document shows all the new meal pattern changes that became effective on October 1, 2017.
  • Building for the Future - 4/20/18
    Display this to inform parents or guardians about CACFP and its benefits. Add your sponsorship contact information at the bottom.