the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Congress established the Child Care Food Program in 1968 to improve
the health of children in child
care centers both by improving the nutritional quality of
meals and by promoting healthy eating. In 1975, the program was
expanded to include family child care
homes. In 1989, the program was renamed the Child
and Adult Care Food Program when it was expanded again to
include adult day care centers. The program is run nationally
by the Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The program is administered in North Carolina by the North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health
/ Nutrition Services branch. Child
Nutrition Program, Inc. (CNP) has a contract from the state
to provide program services directly to family child care homes
and centers. Family child care homes must have a "sponsor" such
as CNP to participate in the program. Child care centers can choose
to apply for funds directly from the state, but may prefer the
benefits of CNP, Inc.'s services.
CACFP Meal Requirements
Child care centers and family child care homes can be reimbursed
for 2 meals and 1 snack per child per day. The meals must include
the following components to qualify for reimbursement:
Milk, fruit or vegetable or 100% juice, bread or cereal.
or supper: Milk, meat or meat alternate, fruit or vegetable (2
servings), bread or alternate.
Serve at least 2 of the 4 components: Milk, meat or alternate,
fruit or vegetable, bread or alternate.