USDA Nondiscrimination Statement – updated November 16th, 2015
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
What is the CACFP?
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursement for healthful meals and snacks served to children and adults. Because CACFP participants’ nutritional needs are supported on a daily basis, the program plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for families.
What kinds of meals are served?
CACFP facilities follow the meal patterns established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
- Breakfast requires a serving of milk, fruit or vegetable and bread or grain product.
- Lunch consist of milk, bread or grain product, meat or meat alternate, and two different servings of fruits and/or vegetables.
- Snacks include servings from two or the four components: milk, fruits or vegetables, bread or grain product, or meat or meat alternate.
Who is eligible for CACFP meals?
Children age 12 and under
What types of agencies are eligible to participate?
Many different agencies operate the CACFP, all sharing the common goal of providing nutritious meals and snacks to participants.
- Child care centers serving meals and snacks to children who are enrolled for care
Head Start Programs serving meals and snacks to enrolled children
- After school care sites providing programming and snacks for low-income school age children and youth.
Emergency shelters providing temporary residence and food service to children
- Adult day care centers providing structured, comprehensive services to nonresident adults who are functionally impaired and/or 60 years of age or older
- Licensed or registered family or group day care homes participating under a KSDE-approved sponsoring organization. The 20 sponsoring organizations in Kansas play a critical role in supporting home child care providers through training, technical assistance and monitoring.
What is required to participate?
To be eligible to participate in the CACFP a center must:
- Be a public entity, or
- Have tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or
- Meet the requirements for a for-profit center. For-profit child care centers are eligible if 25% or more of enrolled participants or 25% of the licensed capacity are receiving child care subsidies or are low-income children. For-profit adult day care centers are eligible if the center meets the 25% rule with Medicaid beneficiaries.
In addition, a child care center must be licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). An adult care center must be licensed appropriately for the care of non-residential adults. Emergency shelters and domestic violence shelters must have health and safety inspection certificates.
To be eligible to participate in the CACFP, a day care home must be licensed by KDHE and sign a provider agreement with a sponsoring organization.
How is reimbursement determined?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture bases CACFP reimbursement on the type of meal and the income level of participants. The meal types are breakfast, lunch/dinner and snacks. Centers have three income categories: free, reduced price and paid. Family day care homes have two income categories: Tier 1 and Tier 2. Facilities earn reimbursement for eligible meals and snacks served to enrolled participants.
How does the CACFP work?
CACFP partially reimburses participating centers for serving nutritious meals. The program is administered at the federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Child Nutrition & Wellness at the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) administers the CACFP in Kansas. Child Nutrition & Wellness approves independent centers and sponsoring organizations to operate the program at the local level. KSDE also monitors the program and provides training and assistance to ensure successful participation in the CACFP.