Child and Adult Care Food Program
How it Works:
Joining Northwest Nutrition Service
allows you to earn extra money for something you are already doing
– feeding the children in your care. CACFP is available to all
legally exempt, family child care, and group family child care
providers who care for at least 1 non-resident child. All you have to
do is record your menu and attendance each day, send it to us at the
end of each month.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Why CACFP Is Important:
USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program
plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it
more affordable for many low-income families. Each day, 3.3 million
children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP
Child Care homes offering meals through
the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) play a critical role in
supporting the wellness, health, and development of children and
chronically impaired disabled persons through the provision of
nutritious foods. Child care providers, in particular, have a powerful
opportunity to instill healthy habits in young children that serve as a
foundation for healthy choices in life.
Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids
Act, USDA made the first major changes in the CACFP meals and snacks
since the Program’s inception in 1968, which will help ensure
children and adults have access to healthy, balanced meals and snacks
throughout the day. The updated CACFP nutrition standards will help
safeguard the health of children early in their lives and improve the
wellness of adults.
Under the updated CACFP nutrition
standards, meals and snacks served will include a greater variety of
vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and
saturated fat these improvements are expected to enhance the quality of
meals served in CACFP to help young children learn healthy eating
habits early on in their lives.
Northwest Nutrition Service will provide
resources, best practices, and training for Child Care homes to support
them in providing healthy, balanced meals and snacks to the children
CACFP is authorized at section 17 of the
National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766). Program regulations are
issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under 7 CFR part
A family or group day care home must
sign an agreement with Northwest Nutrition Service to participate in
CACFP. Child Care homes must be licensed or approved to provide child
care services. Reimbursement for meals served in child care homes is
based upon eligibility for tier I rates (which targets higher levels of
reimbursement to low-income areas, providers, or children) or lower
tier II rates.
Program payments for child care homes
are based on the number of meals served to enrolled children,
multiplied by the appropriate reimbursement rate for each breakfast,
lunch, supper, or snack they are approved to serve.
Providers' own children are eligible
only in tier I day care homes, when other nonresidential children are
enrolled in the day care home and are participating in the meal service.
Claiming Reimbursement for Meals Served:
Child Care Homes must submit accurate
monthly claims for reimbursement to Northwest Nutrition Service.
Reimbursement is not allowed for meals or snacks that are: served to a
child who is not enrolled for care; served in excess of licensed or
authorized capacity; not approved in the agreement; served in excess of
the maximum number of approved meal services or out of compliance with
meal pattern requirements.