Child and Adult Care Food Program
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The Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program is designed by the USDA to be a companion to the Food Buying Guide. This handbook is a source to help determine creditable foods allowed in the CACFP. The list of creditable and non-creditable foods in this publication is not all-inclusive. This publication includes only those foods that are commonly served in child care programs and foods USDA has received inquiries about or has noted as being credited incorrectly.
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Providing healthy meals to children in a childcare setting does not have to be expensive. Use the tips and materials in the following links to plan and shop smart. You can make healthy choices for the children you serve while staying within your childcare budget.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) assures that nutritious meals and snacks are served to children and eligible adults enrolled in child care centers, family child care homes, after school programs, emergency shelters, and adult day care programs by providing reimbursement for meals that meet minimum nutritional standards.
The CACFP requires that well-balanced meals are served and good eating habits are taught. The CACFP also provides training and technical assistance on nutrition, food service operations, program management, nutrition education and recordkeeping.
The CACFP is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
CACFP orientation and special topics training sessions are available for participating agencies.
Links to Important Information
- Instructions to updating application
- Instructions to update application forms throughout the year
- Instructions to submit original or revised claims for reimbursement
- Access the CACFP Web-based system
- Recent food recalls