Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

NC CACFP COVID Information (last updated on 02/02/22)

 Contact NC CACFP

Phone: (919) 707-5800
Fax: (919) 870-4819
NC CARES Customer Service Desk: 866-622-2733

CACFP Training Team:
Financial Management Team:
New Applications:

View our Regional Consultant Listing (PDF, 172 KB)

View our List of Sponsoring Organizations (PDF, 176 KB)

2022 Application Update Assignments (PDF, 184 KB)

Regional Assignments

What's New at NC CACFP

  • USDA’s Team Nutrition has 10 new standardized recipes for the CACFP. The recipes are available through the Institute of Child Nutrition’s Child Nutrition Recipe Box. For more recipes, visit the Team Nutrition Recipes webpage.
  • The National CACFP Sponsors Association’s CACFP Inspire Awards celebrate the incredible individuals and organizations who have reimagined and executed the CACFP during the pandemic, this includes state agencies, sponsoring organizations, and all program operators. Nominations are now open! The nomination deadline is February 15, 2021.
  • FDA Update: Advise About Eating Fish for those who might become or are pregnant or breastfeeding and children ages 1 to 11 years. This update revises the advice that was last issued in 2019 and incorporates the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025.
  • New! Team Nutrition Toddler Nutrition Web Quizzes USDA’s Team Nutrition announced the release of the English and Spanish-language Toddler Nutrition web quizzes, available at Quizzes on Infant Nutrition (English and Spanish) are also available, with additional quizzes coming this fall and winter.
  • North Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation (NC BFCCD) is now available and accepting applications. Applicants can now apply online here.
  • Team Nutrition Webinar: “How to Maximize the Exhibit A Grains Tool” – ¡Ahora con subtítulos en español! 
  • Make Every Bite Count: USDA, HHS Release Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 – evidence-based nutrition guidance to help Americans improve their health, no matter their age or life stage.
  • And Justice for All – The most updated posters are green and do not contain the image of the Statue of Liberty. CACFP regulations require this poster to be on display at all institutions and their facilities. If your institution needs new posters, please complete the "And Justice for All" Poster Request Form, new poster(s) will be mailed to you. Please contact the Nutrition, Training, and Policy Team if you have any questions at
  • Spanish-Language Worksheets - Team Nutrition has six Spanish-language worksheets for CACFP operators available here. Questions may be sent to

 About CACFP

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program which is administered and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The purpose of the program is to ensure that eligible children and adults who attend qualifying non-residential care facilities receive nutritious meals.

To accomplish this purpose, CACFP provides reimbursement to qualified caregivers for meals and supplements (snacks) served to participants. While the FNS develops the regulations and establishes the policies needed to conduct the program, state agencies are responsible for administering the program on the State level and for assisting sponsors on the local level.

Application information can be found on the How to Apply page.

 History of the CACFP

Congress established the Child Care Food Program in 1968 to ensure children in licensed or approved daycare centers, settlement houses, and recreation centers were receiving nutritious meals. The program initially targeted needy areas that had large numbers of working mothers and provided limited reimbursement for public or private nonprofit institutions.

Ten years later, in November 1978, Public Law 95-627 made the Child Care food Program permanent expanding it to cover all public or private nonprofit institutions or sponsored facilities, licensed or approved to care for children. Expanded coverage included child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, family and group day care homes, and institutions providing day care for the handicapped.

In August 1981, Public Law 97-35 added private for-profit facilities receiving Title XX, Social Security Act, compensation if at least 25 percent of the children enrolled at each center in each calendar month were Title XX beneficiaries. The law also permitted eligible non residential child day care institutions to receive children reimbursement for feeding children 12 years of age and younger and set the age for children of migrant workers at 15 years or younger. This law further expanded the program to include mentally or physically handicapped persons, regardless of their age, who were enrolled in an institution or facility caring for a majority of children 18 or younger.

In November 1987, following passage of the Older Americans Act, new amendments allowed for participation by selected adult day care centers in the Child Care Food Program. The addition of an entirely new age bracket prompted a new provision in the Program and led in January 1990 to the name change to the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

In 1998, Public Law 105-336 authorized CACFP reimbursement for snacks to children through age 18 in "At-Risk" afterschool centers. "At-Risk" centers are defined as afterschool programs located in the attendance area of a school where at least 50 percent of the enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced price meals. The law also consolidated benefits for homeless children, enabling public or private nonprofit emergency shelters which provide residential and food services to homeless families to participate in CACFP. Eligible shelters were authorized to receive reimbursement for serving up to three meals each day to homeless children who reside there. Unlike most other CACFP facilities, a shelter does not have to be licensed to provide day care. It must, however, meet any health and safety codes that are required by state or local law.

 Recursos en Español

USDA Medio tiempo del CACFP: trenta los jueves

La serie de seminarios web, Medio tiempo del CACFP: treinta los jueves, tendrá lugar el tercer jueves de cada mes y se ofrecer´ en inglés y español. El seminario en inglés se llevará a cabo de 2:00-2:30pm ET, y el seminario en español se llevará a cabo de 3:00-3:30 pm ET. Los seminarios web serán grabados y estarán disponibles en una fecha posterior.

Se invita a participar a las Oficinas Regionales de FNS, agencias estatales, organizaciones patrocinadoras y operadores del programa CACFP, incluyendo proveedores de cuidado infantil. Para inscribirse, visite la página web del seminario Medio tiempo del CACFP.

Recursos Disponibles de Team Nutrition en Español

Team Nutrition es una iniciativa del United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), que ayuda a los Programas de Nutrición Infantil a través de adiestramiento/capacitación y asistencia técnica para operadores del servicio de alimentos; educación en nutrición para los niños y sus cuidadores, y apoya una alimentación saludable y actividad física en la escuela y en la comunidad.

Estos recursos de Team Nutrition están disponibles para escuelas, lugares de cuidado de niños y sitios de verano que participan en los Programas de Nutrición Infantil. Para preguntas, o realizar un pedido, favor comunicarse con Team Nutrition a través del correo electrónico

Revisa todos estos recursos. Disponibles en inglés y en español.


Last Modified: 02-02-2022