Child and Adult Care Food Program for Centers

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program that provides payments for eligible meals and snacks served to Minnesota children and adults who meet age and income requirements. Meals and snacks served by participating institutions must meet minimum guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The CACFP helps institutions serve well-balanced, nutritious meals to the participants in their care. Serving nutritious meals and snacks helps improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of participants and can help them develop and maintain good eating habits.

The CACFP serves:

  • Children age 0 to 12 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 where most children are 18 years of age and younger. 
  • Adults age 60 or older or impaired adults of any age in non-residential day care settings.

The funds provided for CACFP are from the USDA. The program is operated in Minnesota through the Division of Safety, Health and Nutrition at the Minnesota Department of Education.

Read the nondiscrimination statement.

Program Regulations
Current Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) related to this program are available on the U.S. Government Printing Office website:

  • Child and Adult Care Food Program Related Websites - 8/4/14
    USDA websites that provide specific information on Child Nutrition Programs and other nutrition related resources.
  • Listserv Subscribe/Unsubscribe Form - 4/11/12
    E-mail listservs are used to communicate important and late-breaking program information to customers. Complete and submit form to be included on FNS listservs for indicated Child Nutrition Programs.