1. What is the
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)?
CACFP is a Federal program
that provides reimbursement for healthy meals and snacks to children
and adults receiving day care. It plays a vital role in improving
the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many
CACFP provides reimbursement
to participating day care homes, centers and relative caregivers
for meals served to participants in their care. The reimbursement
is to off set your cost involved with serving nutritious meals.
It is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition
Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Department of Education administers the CACFP in Delaware.
2. Who is eligible to participate?
Licensed Day Care Providers and Relative Caregivers who have completed
the 45 hours of Relative Care Training and have received your
completion certificate, are active and in good standing with the
Division of Social Services/Purchase of Care Program; have completed
your Self Assessment Form and provide meals and snacks to up to
five relative children/adults receiving nonresidential day care
in state licensed or approved private homes.
3. How do I join?
As a Licensed Day Care Provider/Relative Caregiver you must sign
an agreement with a sponsoring organization to participate in
the CACFP. The sponsoring organization provides you training,
conducts monitoring visits, helps with planning menus and filling
out reimbursement forms. A listing of our sponsors has been provided
on the last page for you.
4. How much does it cost to join?
It is FREE.
5. Are there income guidelines for you to participate?
NO, but, in order to
claim your own children, you will need to supply income documentation.
6. Who gets CACFP meals and snacks?
to include infants, are eligible to receive up to two meals and
one snack each day through the CACFP. Migrant children age 15
and younger, and persons with disabilities, regardless of their
age, are also eligible for CACFP.
7. What do you have to do to participate?
Call a sponsor from the listing to make a sign-up appointment
in your home at your convenience.
b. Serve meals that meet the USDA
guidelines (examples provided).
c. Keep accurate daily records of:
1. the children present;
2. the number of meals served; and
3. a menu of what was served.
d. Mail forms to the sponsor at the
end of the month.
e. Attend one CACFP training session
per year (at no cost to you).
f. Allow CACFP program staff to visit
three times per year.
8. What do you receive by participating?
Monthly Cash Reimbursement for meals served to each child that
meets USDA guidelines. The limit for meals reimbursed per day
is three per child. One of the meals must be a snack. You will
be able to continue serving nutritious meals and snacks despite
rising food costs.
b. Technical Assistance – recordkeeping,
menu planning, creditable foods.
c. Free Nutrition Information and
d. Monthly Feedback regarding your
e. Forms that provide carbonless
copies for your records.
9. When can you start?
Licensed Day Care providers
are eligible once they receive their State of Delaware Child Care
License and Relative Care Providers are eligible as soon as they
complete the 45 hours of Relative Care Training and receive their
Completion Certificate, and is in good standing with the Division
of Social Services/Purchase of Care Program and have been assigned
a site ID number. You must have at least one child to care for
other than your own and have participated in the CACFP in-home
training and signed an agreement with one of the CACFP sponsor’s.
10. How much money is reimbursed
for each meal per child?
participating in CACFP, cannot charge separate fees for meals.
Your reimbursement will vary depending on several things. Higher
payments (Tier I) are paid to homes in low-income areas and to
low-income providers. Meals and snacks served to children who
are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals in some Tier
II homes, may also receive higher rates of reimbursement. As of
July 1, 2009, Tier I and Tier II rates are:
Funding for this program is provided by the
Delaware Department of Education, in cooperation with the United
States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating
on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability
and retaliation. If you require the information on this poster
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contact the USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (Voice
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agency responsible for the program or activity, or any USDA office.
To file a complaint alleging discrimination, write USDA, Director,
Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington,
D.C. 20250-9410, or call, toll free, (866) 632-9992 (Voice). TDD
users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal Relay
at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users).
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