Child and Adult Care Food Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How does CACFP Work?

CACFP reimburses participating centers and day care homes for meals served to eligible children. It is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Any registered or licensed Family Day Care Home.
  • Any non-profit Day Care Center which is licensed or holds a letter of compliance from the North Carolina Department of Human Resources.
  • Any for-profit Day Care Center that is licensed and at least 25% of enrolled participants are eligible by income under the USDA guidelines.

Who does CACFP Serve?

Children 12 and younger are eligible to participate in the program. Approved facilities and providers can receive reimbursement for up to 2 meals and 1 snack or 2 snacks and 1 meal each day. Some adult care centers qualify.

How much reimbursement will you receive?

Home child care providers receive monthly checks based on the number of meals and snacks served to each child per day. The rate at which home providers are reimbursed is determined by geographic data, their household income, and/or the household income of the children in their care. Child day care centers rate of reimbursement is determined by the income of enrolled participants.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.