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The week of March 12 - 18, 2017 is National CACFP Week! The Child and Adult Care Program (CACFP) is a federally-funded program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides reimbursement for healthy meals and snacks served to children, youth and adults that are in homes, child care centers, adult day care centers, after school programs and emergency shelters. The CACFP strives to combat hunger and bring healthy foods to underserved populations. National CACFP Week is a time to raise awareness of this USDA program and its great benefits!
The new Revised CACFP Meal Pattern was published in 2016 and will be effective October 1, 2017. CACFP has helped provide and make healthy food choices more affordable to thousands of people.
In 2016, Missouri CACFP provided the following number of meals:
Here are some Best Practices for CACFP along with information on the New Meal Pattern!
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The Creditable Food Guide
The Creditable Foods Guide defines allowable food items in each of the food categories or components. Questionable food items are listed with an explanation of their creditability. Further discussion is provided in the question and answer section. To qualify as a reimbursable meal, food items must be creditable or allowable as well as being served in the correct quantity.
Infant Formula for CACFP
Information for CACFP and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP):
- Additional food items by component grouping
- Milk Component Meal Pattern changes
- Grains/Breads Weight Table Groupings
- CACFP Food Charts
- Family Style Meal Service
- Purchasing Food in Child Nutrition Programs
- Commercially Processed Food Documentation and more!
The 2013 Creditable Food Guide can be downloaded to view or print.
Due to the proposed CACFP meal pattern changes expected in the near future, printed copies will not be provided by Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance.
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