Food Program

Promoting Nutritious Meals and Snacks in Child Care


The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program to support nutritious meals and snacks for children in child care, including registered family child care homes.

How does CACFP help enable child care providers to serve healthy meals and snacks?

Registered family child care homes, child care centers, after-school programs, emergency shelters, and summer programs receive cash reimbursement for serving meals and snacks that meet federal nutrition guidelines to eligible children. Centers and registered family child care homes may be approved to receive reimbursement for serving up to two meals and one snack per day to each eligible child.

  • Meals served to children in centers are reimbursed based on a child’s eligibility for free, reduced-price or paid meals.
  • In family child care homes, all meals are served free. Registered family child care home providers who serve children in low-income areas or meet low-income eligibility requirements themselves receive higher levels of reimbursement.
  • Infants and children through age 12 are eligible to participate in CACFP, which is sometimes just called “the food program.”  In afterschool centers and emergency shelters, children through age 18 are eligible for free meals and snacks.

Who Administers CACFP?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) sends grants to states to administer CACFP.  In New Jersey, the lead agency that administers CACFP is the NJ Department of Agriculture.

  • For registered family child care homes, a local sponsoring organization helps family child care home providers participate in the program (to understand the rules, provide training, and help with oversight). In many NJ counties, the local child care resource & referral agency is the sponsoring agency that works with registered family child care providers who are participating or who want to participate in CACFP.


CACFP in Monmouth County

Child Care Resources is a sponsoring organization for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for Registered Family Child Care in Monmouth County. Child Care Resources staff support providers who participate in the food program to develop menus that meet USDA guidelines and comply with program requirements.

For more information about the Child and Adult Care Food Program, please contact Eduardo Magliulo, Home-Based Child Care Coordinator, at 732-918-9901, Ext. 125 or at

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the bases of race, color, national origin, age. disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parent status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) To file a complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form or write a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Want to maximize your income? Help children eat nutritious meals and snacks? Try our FCC Child Care Food Program calculator to see food program funding you could receive! Click below.

CACFP Resources for Child Care Providers

COVID-19 Impact on New Jersey Families

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