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Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

What is CACFP?

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a Federal program that pays for healthy meals and snacks for children and adults in day care. CACFP improves the quality of day care by making day care cheaper for many families.

Eligibility Requirements

Any child development home providing care for children in Iowa may participate in the Iowa Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) if the child development home:

  • is registered by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) or
  • is a non-registered child care home who accepts Child Care Assistance (CCA) payments

The CACFP Home Sponsorship disburses CACFP reimbursement received from the State Agency to participating child development homes for serving meals that meet the CACFP requirements.


What Meals Can be Reimbursed?

Child Development Homes are reimbursed for planning and serving meals that follow CACFP requirements for children 0-12 years of age. Homes may request approval to claim breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks (morning and afternoon). Reimbursement is paid for not more than two meals and one snack, two snacks and one meal per child per day.

All eligible day care providers are qualified for reimbursement, regardless of income!

Application Procedures

Contact the Child and Adult Care Food Program at New Opportunities, Inc. if you reside in Audubon, Carroll, Dallas, Guthrie, Madison, Sac, Northern Adair, or western Warren county (including the city of Indianola). Call and ask for the CACFP representative to schedule an in-home consultation to explain the CACFP requirements and how to get started. 1-800-642-6330

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