Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)


CACFP COVID-19 Updates

Updated 05/20/20

USDA Nationwide Child Nutrition Waivers - APPROVED

To be approved for one or more of these waivers, please complete the NC CACFP Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waiver Request Form found below.

Please Note: Weekly meal count reporting is mandatory if you are approved to utilize any of the available waivers.

NC CACFP Statewide Flexibility - APPROVED

Effective immediately, when emergency conditions prevent an institution or facility normally having a supply of milk from temporarily obtaining milk deliveries, the State agency is approving the service of breakfasts, lunches, or suppers without milk during the emergency period.

NC CACFP Requested Waivers - Not yet approved by USDA

The NC CACFP requested waivers from the USDA to support ongoing access to nutritious meals and snacks for children and vulnerable adults as a result of COVID-19 outbreaks. Please note: no waivers have been approved to date.

NC CACFP Coronavirus (COVID-19) Waiver Request Form

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) has been granted five nationwide waiver requests by United States Department of Agriculture USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FSN) to provide CACFP operators the maximum flexibility during this pandemic. Please complete the waiver request form below to request one or more waivers below for your institution.

Each waiver request form must be approved or denied prior to the institution implementing any or all of the flexibilities listed.

Complete Waiver Request Form

Meal Service Data Collection

This document is intended to provide weekly data to stakeholders, including the State of North Carolina Emergency Operations Center (EOC). All data must reported by 10:00 pm every Saturday night.

PLEASE NOTE: Weekly meal count reporting is mandatory if you are approved to utilize any of the available waivers.

Meal Service Data Collection Form

Frequently Asked Questions

General Resources:

Disaster Relief Menus

What's New at NC CACFP

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

USDA has released two new resources to help program operators continue to provide nutritious meals and snacks to children and adults, while supporting social distancing efforts related to the coronavirus (COVID-19): Feeding Kids When Schools Are Closed – includes up to date information on available waivers (also applies to adult day care centers)

Best Practices for Parent Pick-Up of Meals and Snacks - information, tips, and best practices to consider if you are distributing meals and snacks to participants, including adult day care participants.

New guidelines are available for conducting Desk Reviews of Sponsored Facilities (PDF, 244 KB)

Introducing The North Carolina CACFP Messenger (PDF, 1.7 MB), a new communication tool and resource. This bimonthly newsletter will feature timely updates on available resources, upcoming trainings, and tips from the professionals-you! We also plan to highlight your achievements and best practices and introduce you to agency staff in each issue so that you can get to know us a bit better. Please read through it and let us know what you think!

Our new Claim Submission 60-Day Deadlines (PDF, 403 KB) chart for the 2020 year is available. Please review the chart to know when each month's claims are due.

CACFP Trainer's Tools: Feeding Infants is now available in Spanish!

The USDA's Team Nutrition initiative is pleased to announce the Spanish version of the CACFP Trainer's Tools: Feeding Infants is now available, in addition to the English version. Use these materials to enhance your next training for Spanish-speaking Child and Adult Care Food Program.

For questions or more information, please contact

New "And Justice For All" posters have been developed! The new posters are being ordered by the state agency and will be distributed when available. In the meantime, please keep your current posters up until they can be replaced with the new poster.


 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.


 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, 176 KB)

Regional Assignments

Last Modified: May 20, 2020