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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

CACFP is a federal program that is administered through the NYS Department of Health, Department of Nutrition and available through the Child Care & Development Council.  CACFP reimburses providers for nutritious snacks and meals that they serve to children in their care.  In order to receive reimbursement, the snacks and meals must meet USDA guidelines.  All registered, licensed, and legally exempt providers are eligible to participate in the program.

What are the benefits of a provider who participates in CACFP?

  • Participation is FREE

  • CACFP helps guarantee that children have balanced nutritious meals.

  • CACFP helps providers plan menus.

  • Participating providers receive training sponsored and paid for by CACFP.

  • Parents know that their children are receiving meals based on USDA nutrition standards for young children.

  • Providers are reimbursed grocery dollars for serving CACFP approved meals to children in care (including infants on formula or breast milk)


How much reimbursement can providers receive?

  • Even with only ONE child in care (serving breakfast, lunch & snack) you can earn as much as $114 a month, that’s $1,368 per year!

  • Sample Reimbursement: Family Child Care serves Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks for 6 children per day, 5 days a week, 4 weeks per month equates to $684 per month. [($1.65+$3.12+$.93) x 6 x 5 x 4] = $684

For CACFP forms including Children's Menus, Infant Menus, Reimbursement Form, and Attendance and Meal Count Form, visit the FORMS page.

Need help understanding and meeting
the CACFP whole grain requirement?

Click on the image to the right to access an easy to follow guide that will take the guess work out of identifying whole grain rich (WGR) foods.  
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Garrett Dunsmoor Memorial Foundation Grant 

Thanks to the GDMF grant, ICP was able to purchase food-only gift cards as well as put together welcome kits consisting of a reusable shopping bag filled with a variety of items to serve nutritious meals such as plates, cutlery, napkins, cups and bowls as well as a CACFP Training & Nutrition Calendar to be given to new CACFP providers.

Join CACFP today and receive a $25 Gift Card and Welcome Bag!

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CACFP Information: contact Connor Genzel at 315-343-2344 ext.112 or

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