Child and Adult Care Food Program



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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):

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.

ICN - Education and Training Resources for Participants in CACFP - Healthy Eating on a Budget - Meeting Your MyPlate Goals on a 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