Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)


The Child and Adult Care Food Program 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. Watch the following video for more information about what this program does:

What is CACFP?

Child and Adult Care Food Program
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Drug Administration


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 CACFP.

The center can see how much they will receive as an estimated reimbursement by using the reimbursement estimator tool

For help understanding basic qualification requirements or if you need assistance with the application process please contact USBE CNP.


Trainings are designed to introduce new or updated policy, as well as give technical assistance to improve program operation. 

CACFP training is free, although there may be costs for meals or additional materials for in-person trainings.

Basic CACFP Training Registration (formerly New Center Training) 

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.

2017-2018 Reimbursement Rates

Claims for reimbursement for this program are due to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) no later than the fifth working day of the month (to receive a deposit by the end of that month).

Claims 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 90 days if you are claiming additional meals, and anytime if you are claiming fewer meals.


In coordination with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Child Nutrition Program distributes policy memorandums to provide guidance and clarification on program requirements and regulations..

School Meals Policy