Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)


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.

For those who already participate, the Healthier Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Award is a recognition system that supports the wellness efforts of child care providers, center staff, and home providers participating in CACFP. Caregivers going above and beyond the Program requirements by taking steps to improve the menus, physical activity, professional development, nutrition and wellness environment and/or infant care can apply for an award in one or more of these categories. Three award levels are offered: Honors, High Honors and Highest Honors.

Healthier CACFP(External Web Content)
Utah Education Network (UEN)

CACFP(External Web Content)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

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).

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


Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Basic Training for Centers (In-person)
(External Web Content)

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
July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024

Reimbursement Claims

Claims are:

  • due to the Utah State Board of Education 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.


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

FNS Documents and Resources(External Web Content)
Allows you to search for current and archived USDA/FNS published policy memorandums.