Ensuring Children and Adults Have Access to Nutritious Meals and Snacks
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults who are enrolled for care at participating child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers. CACFP also provides reimbursements for meals served to children and youth participating in afterschool care programs, children residing in emergency shelters, and adults over the age of 60 or living with a disability and enrolled in day care facilities. CACFP contributes to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children and adults in the United States.
Who is Eligible to Participate in CACFP?
Community Centers, Churches, Libraries, Schools, Child Care Agencies, Clubs, Sports Organizations
Are you a program operator caring and serving meals to children? If so, you may be eligible to participate in CACFP and once approved you will be on your way to serving healthy meals and snacks to children. Eligible public or private nonprofit child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, Head Start programs, and other institutions which are licensed or approved to provide day care services may participate in CACFP. Contact our office for more info.
Adult Day Care Centers
Are you a program operator providing nonresidential care to adults? If so, you may be eligible to participate in CACFP and serve healthy meals and snacks to adults. Public or private nonprofit adult day care facilities which provide structured, comprehensive services to nonresidential adults who are functionally impaired, or aged 60 and older, may participate in CACFP. Contact us for more information.
Summer Food Service Program
What is a Site
A site is the physical location, approved by the state agency, where you serve SFSP meals during a supervised time period. States classify and approve SFSP meal sites as open, closed enrolled, camp, migrant, or National Youth Sports Program (NYSP): Open sites operate in low-income areas where at least 50 percent of children residing in the area are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals, based on local school or census data. The meals are served free to any child at the site on a first-come, first-serve basis. Closed enrolled sites are established for a specific group of children who enroll in an organized activity program or who do not reside in an eligible low income area. The site becomes eligible for SFSP if at least half of the enrolled children qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Because the site is not open to the community, meals are served free only to enrolled children. Camps are sites that offer regularly scheduled food service along with organized activities for enrolled residential or day campers. Migrant sites primarily serve children of migrant workers. The site qualifies by providing appropriate certification from a migrant organization. NYSP College or university participating in the National Youth Sports Program. Children must be enrolled in NYSP to participate. Who Can Become a Site Meal service sites may be located in a variety of settings, including schools, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, churches, community centers, day camps, residential summer camps, housing projects, and migrant centers, or on Indian reservations. Some organizations do not have the financial or administrative ability to run the program, but they can supervise a food service for children, along with recreational or enrichment activities, at a site. If you supervise a site, you will: Attend your sponsor's training, Supervise activities and meal service at your site, Manage volunteers, Distribute meals by following SFSP guidelines, Keep daily records of meals served Store food appropriately, Keep the site clean and sanitary, Help your sponsor promote the program in the community.
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