Child and Adult Care Food Program

A component of the Child Nutrition Programs

What is CACFP?

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a program that helps with nutritious meals and snacks for eligible children, elderly, or disabled adults who are enrolled at participating child care centers, registered ministries, family child care homes, after school programs, Head Start programs, adult care centers, and homeless shelters.

How is the program administered?

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers CACFP through grants to States. The program is then administered by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). Independent centers and sponsoring organizations enter into agreements with IDOE to assume administrative and financial responsibility for CACFP operations.

Who is eligible?

  • Persons age 12 and under
  • Persons age 15 and under who are children of migrant workers
  • Persons of any age who have one or more disabilities, as determined by the State, and who are enrolled in an institution or child care facility serving a majority of persons who are age 18 and under
  • For emergency shelters, persons age 18 and under
  • For at-risk afterschool care centers, persons age 18 and under at the start of the school year
  • Adults that are enrolled in a nonresidential adult day care center who is functionally impaired or 60 years of age or older.

How does reimbursement work?

Reimbursement is computed monthly using rates established annually by USDA. A calculation using the current rates, number of meals served, eligibility category of participants, and meal type determines the reimbursement for each facility. IDOE or your sponsoring organization will help you determine reimbursement.


Contact Rachel Reynolds

CACFP Specialist

To learn more about CACFP, click here to view a quick information video.

Visit the IDOE CACFP webpage.