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Eligibility Requirements

Any adult day care organization providing non-residential care for adults may participate in the Iowa Child and Adult Care Food Program if the following requirements are met. The organization must be:

  • a public institution, or
  • a private non-profit organization with tax-exempt status [501(C)(3)] as determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code of 1986, or
  • a proprietary (private for-profit) center where 25% of the enrolled eligible adults receive Medicaid.

In addition the center must meet the following requirements:

  • The center cares for adults age 60 years or older or functionally impaired adults.
  • The center has been approved for an Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) Purchase of Service Agreement (POS), has an inspection from the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA), or has Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation


Adult Day Care Centers are paid reimbursement for serving meals that follow the adult CACFP meal pattern requirements. Centers may request approval for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks (morning, afternoon and evening). Currently, USDA rules allow reimbursement to be paid for up to two meals and one snack or one meal and two snacks per adult per day. Meals served to supervising adults, volunteers and visitor cannot be claimed for reimbursement.

Reimbursement is based on the income level on participants when an approved, current income application is on file. Meals served to lower income participants are reimbursed at a higher rate. Reimbursement rates can be found on the side navigation menu under "Nutrition Programs Funding" and then select CACFP.

Application Procedures

How do I apply for the program in Iowa?

Contact Robin Holz at 515-281-3484

Attendance at a CACFP Steps to Success Workshop modules is required to learn program rules and record keeping requirements. The CACFP application for participation must be requested from the Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services and completed. A pre-approval visit must be conducted to review the application and CACFP records.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 24, 2018 at 6:34pm.