Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Overview

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides funds to licensed child and adult care centers, Head Start/Early Start centers, schools and after school meal centers, family or group day care homes as well as emergency/homeless shelters for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons. 

Utah CACFP Introduction
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CACFP
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

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Qualifying and Applying

Institutions that provide child or adult day care, family or group day care homes, Head Start, before-and-after school programs, after-school programs and emergency shelters and are licensed or approved by the state or by Child and Adult Care standards for non-residential care, may qualify to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Reimbursement Estimator Tool
Centers can see how much they will receive as an estimated reimbursement

Please contact the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Child Nutrition Program (CNP) for assistance understanding qualification requirements or if you need assistance with the application process.

Training 

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Basic Training for Centers (In-person)
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Training's are designed to introduce new or updated policy, as well as give technical assistance to improve program operation. Training's are free, although there may be costs for meals or additional materials.

Reimbursement Rates

Reimbursement is provided to for-profit and non-profit child care and adult day care centers based on meals served to children at the established free, reduced, and paid rate depending on the eligibility of the child or adult served. Sponsors of Head Start/Early Start, afterschool meal centers, and emergency/homeless shelters are reimbursed at the federally established free rate for meals served to eligible participants.

Reimbursement Rates 2018-2019

Reimbursement Claims

Claims are:

  • due to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) no later than the fifth working day of the month (to receive a payment by the end of that month).
  • must be submitted no later than 60 days from the end of the month being claimed

Once a claim has been submitted:

  • you can amend the claim within 60 days of the close of the claim month to be eligible for reimbursement.

Policy

In coordination with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) our office distributes policy memorandums to provide guidance and clarify program requirements and regulations.

Memorandum: New Bulletin Distribution Explanation
A quick tutorial on how our office structures and distributes policy.

Highlighted USDA/FNS Policy Bulletins/Memorandums

The following policy bulletins/memorandums provide urgent or highly requested content:

USDA/FNS Policy Memorandums

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Policy
Allows you to search for current and archived USDA/FNS published policy memorandums.