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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

1. How can the CACFP help me (the home child care provider)?

The CACFP will help you by providing reimbursement for meals and snacks that meet recommended nutrition guidelines to children in care. The program provides training on menu planning, food safety and nutrition and let parents know that children receive nutritious meals. Nutrition is an important part of quality child care and a healthy lifestyle.

2. What meals can I claim (the home child care provider)?

Home child care providers can claim up to two meals and one snack per child per day. You can choose the combination that works best for your program.

3. How do I get my reimbursement (the home child care provider)?

Reimbursement checks are mailed directly to you on a monthly basis from your sponsor.

4. Does the CACFP meal pattern allow for variations to accommodate participants who cannot eat certain foods because of religious reasons?

Yes. In many cases substitutions to accommodate religious dietary restrictions can be made within existing meal pattern requirements. The adjustments can be made as needed by submitting a letter from the parent for an alternate meal pattern.

6. How can my participation in the CACFP help parents?

Parents who leave children in your program want to feel confident that the child receives the best care, the care of a professional. Your participation in the CACFP assures parents that their child is receiving nutritious meals based on USDA nutrition standards, a sign of quality child care, and will learn to develop healthy eating habits that will last life time.

7. Can I claim meals for my own children (the home child care provider)?

Under certain guidelines, home child care providers may claim meals and snacks served to their own children when in child care. Your sponsor can help you determine if you are eligible.


Sample Menu

   Breakfast Lunch Snack 
 Day 1

 *Milk

Oranges

Whole Wheat Bagel

*Milk

Ground beef

Tomato sauce

Pears

Whole Wheat Pasta

*Milk

Kiwi 

 Day 2

*Milk

Bananas

Whole Grain Cheerios

 *Milk

Beans and cheese Burrito

Mango

Tomatoes and lettuce

Whole Wheat Tortilla

 String Cheese

Peaches

 Day 3

*Milk

Plums

Whole Wheat Toast

*Milk

Baked Chicken

Green Beans

Strawberries

Whole Wheat Bread 

*Milk

Pears 

 Day 4

*Milk

Apples

Oatmeal

*Milk

Homemade Macaroni and cheese

Cooked carrots

Melon

Whole Wheat Pasta 

Plain Yogurt

Blueberries 

 Day 5

*Milk

Strawberries

Whole Grain Kix

*Milk

Fish

Peas and carrots

Plums

Brown rice

Cheese

Whole Grain Crackers 

*Milk = For children 1 through 2 years old - Whole Milk
                 For children 2 years old and older - Skim (fat-free) or 1% (low-fat) milk
Water must be offered and made available at all times.


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