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 Safety, Health and Nutrition at the Minnesota Department of Education.

Required nondiscrimination statement: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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

  • Child and Adult Care Food Program Related Websites - 8/4/14
    USDA websites that provide specific information on Child Nutrition Programs and other nutrition related resources.
  • Listserv Subscribe/Unsubscribe Form - 4/11/12
    E-mail listservs are used to communicate important and late-breaking program information to customers. Complete and submit form to be included on FNS listservs for indicated Child Nutrition Programs.