The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The purpose of the CACFP is to improve the nutritional quality of meals served to children by regulated family child care providers.

As a greater numbers of young children are in child care, this program becomes more important in helping to assure that infants, toddlers, and young children get meals that are nutritious.

How will Participating in the Child Care Food Program Help the Children in my Care?
By being a CACFP provider, you are ensuring that the children in your care are receiving nutritious meals. It has been proven that children who maintain a well-balanced diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, perform better in school. As a CACFP provider, you will be providing the proper diet which will aid in the intellectual development of the children in your care.


Every month you do not join USDA Food Program or submit your claims, you lose money you could put back into your business or your bank account.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of joining the Child Care Food Program.

Current Providers

Already a current provider? Click here for important documents and reminders.


Teach children about healthy eating that will last them a lifetime. CACFP has resources and publications that will help you put together great tasting, nutritious meals and snacks that children will enjoy. Click here for recommended resources.

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 if 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, 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

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.