Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

NC CACFP COVID Information (last updated on 08/17/21)

What's New at NC CACFP

Emergency Operating Cost Fund Q&A Sessions – Monday Sept 20th
Sponsoring Organizations 10am-12pm
Independent Center 2pm-4pm
Follow the link

North Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation (NC BFCCD) is now available and accepting applications. Applicants can now apply online here.

Please see the article in the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ newsletter announcing the opening of the revised NC BFCCD application here

Child care programs are essential partners in supporting parents’ infant feeding goals. The NC BFCCD recognizes and promotes child care programs who implement practices and policies that create a breastfeeding-friendly environment for their families and staff. In North Carolina, over 80% of parents initiate breastfeeding, which means that they are looking for child care programs who will contribute to their breastfeeding success. However, when children are routinely cared for by someone other than their parents, parents are less likely to achieve their breastfeeding goals. This is why implementation of breastfeeding-friendly practices are necessary for the benefit of the child care program, parents, and community.

Team Nutrition Webinar: “How to Maximize the Exhibit A Grains Tool” – ¡Ahora con subtítulos en español! Now captioned in Spanish! This webinar demonstrates enhancements to the Exhibit A Grains Tool, which is a feature included in the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) Interactive Web-Based Tool and FBG Mobile App. " Cómo maximizar la herramienta de granos del Apéndice A" El seminario web “Cómo maximizar la herramienta de granos del Apéndice A" demuestra las actualizaciones de la herramienta de granos del Apéndice A, que es una función incluida con la herramienta interactiva basada en la web para programas de nutrición infantil, la Guía de compra de alimentos titulada “Food Buying Guide” (FBG, por sus siglas en ingles) y la aplicación móvil FBG.

Healthy and Safe Infant Feeding: : Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal was voluntarily recalled due to the presence of inorganic arsenic. Please see the recall announcement on the Food & Drug Administration website for further information.

A recently released government report – “Baby Foods are Tainted with Dangerous Levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury” - presents information and data from several baby food manufacturing companies about dangerous levels of heavy metals being present in their packaged infant and toddler foods. There have not been any product recalls from manufacturers or the FDA. Read here for more information.

Sample Infant Menu has been updated to reflect a recently released government report regarding dangerous levels of heavy metals being present in packaged infant and toddler foods.  

Calling All Smile Crusaders! Education Program:
If you work with young children and their parents, you will want to know about this NC DHHS program to prevent early childhood tooth decay. Click here to learn more 2021 Smile Crusaders Overview.docx

Read the FDA’s response to the government report on toxic metals in baby foods. The response includes a letter to baby food manufacturers and processors, advice to parents and caregivers, updates on FDA activities and additional information for consumers.

“Make Every Bite Count: USDA, HHS Release Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025” – evidence-based nutrition guidance to help Americans improve their health, no matter their age or life stage.

The Claim Submission Deadline Chart for 2021 is available on our Forms page under General Forms. Please review the chart to know when each month’s claims are due.

USDA has revised the “And Justice for All” poster. It is green but no longer contains the image of Lady Liberty. The CACFP regulations require all institutions to display the most up-to-date version.
Please use the form linked below to let us know how many posters you need or complete the form with “0” if you have already received updated posters from a different source. We will mail the posters to the address you provide on the form so you can replace each of your existing, outdated posters that are currently displayed.
"And Justice for All" Poster Request Form
Please contact the Nutrition, Training, and Policy Team if you have any questions at

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Team Nutrition is pleased to announce the release of six new Spanish-language worksheets for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators now available at

Questions about this announcement may be sent to

2020 – 2021 CACFP Reimbursement Rates are now available on our Program Resources page.

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)

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

 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, 172 KB)

View our List of Sponsoring Organizations (PDF, 176 KB)

2022 Application Update Assignments (PDF, 184 KB)

Regional Assignments

Last Modified: 09-15-2021