Child and Adult Care Food Program
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.
- Adult Day Care Centers - Licensed
- Applications & Forms
- At-Risk, Afterschool Program
- Child Care Centers - Licensed or License-Exempt
- Emergency & Homeless Shelters
- Español - ¿Por qué es importante el CACFP?
- Family Child Care Homes - Licensed & Registered
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Grant Opportunities
- Growing with MO NEW!
- How to Apply
- Laws, Regulations & Manuals
- Meal Pattern Training NEW!
- Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care
- Missouri Eat Smart Child Care
- Missouri MOve Smart Child Care
- Online Training - CIVIL RIGHTS NEW!
- Orientation Training
- USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
- USDA Policies
- WIC Approved Food List
Quick Reference Sheets
- CACFP Best Practices
- Updated CACFP Meal Pattern: Infants
- Updated CACFP Meal Pattern: Child & Adult Meals
- Using the Updated Meal Pattern to Lower Costs
- Choose Breakfast Cereals With Less Added Sugar
- Choose Yogurt With Less Added Sugar
- Growing a Healthier Future with the CACFP
- Sample Meals, Age 1-2
- Sample Meals, Age 3-5
- Sample Meals, Age 6-18
- Sample Meals, Adults
- Serving Milk in the CACFP
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
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.