The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care. The program reimburses child care providers for serving these healthy meals and snacks to children in their care up through age 12. This program plays an important role in raising the quality of child care and making that quality care affordable for all.
Eligible program information is detailed in the CACFP home brochure and center brochure. Team Nutrition Program and partners have also created a toolkit for home and center child care providers to assist with creating healthy habits. Healthy Habits Start Early: A Toolkit
Children in your care will:
There are two rates which the Child and Adult Care Food Program reimburses providers. The rates from 7/1/20 - 6/30/21 are dependent on provider location and income:
If you have questions about reimbursement rates, please contact your sponsor.
These are the household income eligibility guidelines for 7-1-2020 through 6-30-2021. For an application, please contact your sponsor.
USDA puts out a new eligibility sheet each year. The Iowa Eligibility numbers are used by all Iowa Child Nutrition Programs. A provider receives money from CACFP to help with food costs; the amount received depends on family size and income status of children enrolled for care. If providers or parents qualify under these guidelines, the provider may receive a higher reimbursement for meals served to children.
To increase CACFP participation, a childcare center or home provider currently participating in CACFP can apply to receive an Ambassador Stipend ($300 for centers or $150 for home providers) by mentoring a center or home provider who does not participate in CACFP and assisting them with applying to participate in the food program. To learn more about Ambassador Stipends, visit the Iowa Department of Education page, look for the green section.
Here are a few resources that you might find helpful.
The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not submit all needed information, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Food Assistance (FA), Family Investment Program (FIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We may share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.
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:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
* Only use this address I you are filing a complaint of discrimination.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
(202) 690-7442; or
Iowa Non-Discrimination Notice: “It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”
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