CACFP is an indicator of Quality Child Care!

Just about any place where children go afterschool that offers activities can participate including afterschool programs, community centers, libraries, etc.  Meals can be claimed afterschool, as well as on weekends, holidays, or school vacations during the regular school year.

Eligible At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program

  • Located in the eligible area where at least 50% of the children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the sites school attendance zone. Your sponsor will help you determine this.
  • Licensed non-profit child care centers with an afterschool component.
  • Licensed for-profit child care centers with an afterschool component and participating in the traditional CACFP.  Ask your sponsor for more information.
  • Unlicensed programs with health and fire inspections.

CACFP Benefits for At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program

  • CACFP funding help to cover the costs of the food and food-service costs.
  • Children have a safe place when school is not in session where they can participate in scheduled educational activities.

CACFP Participation Requirements for At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program

  • Serve meals and snacks that meet USDA nutrition requirements.
  • Keep records, such as attendance, meal counts, menus, receipts, etc. 
  • Provide educational or enrichment activities.

CACFP Reimbursements for At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program

Funding is typically based on a per meal rate for meals served. Some Sponsors provide meals instead of reimbursement funding. 


Virginia CACFP Sponsors Association makes it easy for you to participate in CACFP.


Find a sponsor to participate today!