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Child and Adult Care Food Programs


The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program that provides meal reimbursement to child care centers, adult day care centers, emergency shelters, before and afterschool programs, and child development homes for serving nutritious meals. The objectives of CACFP are to:

  • Provide a subsidy to eligible child and adult care institutions for serving nutritious meals
  • Serve nutritious meals and snacks to children and adults in care
  • Foster lifelong healthy eating and physical activity habits

This Program serves:

  • Children age 0 through 12 years in child care centers.
  • Children through age 18 in at risk afterschool programs and emergency shelters.
  • Children of migrant workers, through age 15.
  • Functionally impaired disabled persons receiving care in a center or home where most children are 18 years old and younger.
  • Adults age 60 or older or impaired adults of any age in non-residential day care settings.

The funds provided for this Program are from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Program is operated in Iowa through the Bureau of Nutrition and Health in the Department of Education.

Spend Smart Eat Smart in Childcare Webinar

Click here to view the Spend Smart Eat Smart in Childcare presented on September 13, 2012, presented by Iowa Team Nutrition and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The webinar offers many useful ways to save money yet provide healthy meals in the childcare setting. Sign up for the SpendSmart.EatSmart blog.  You will receive one email a week with tips for saving money at the grocery store.

Pass the Peaches, Please

On May 23rd, Dayle Hayes presented at the CACFP Workshop titled, Pass the Peaches, Please. The training addressed a variety of mealtime scenarios and tips for making mealtimes with children pleasant and enjoyable for both children and adults.  The resources from the training are available and are intended for early childhood educators, child care programs, Head Start program, paraprofessionals, teachers, parents, and any adult supervising mealtimes with children.


Adult Centers

Child Care Center

Child Development Home

CACFP Home Sponsor Resources

CACFP Healthy Menu Makeover Online Learning Module

Nondiscrimination Statement

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 19, 2015 at 8:06am.