Child and Adult Care Food Program
There are Quick Reference Guides available to assist you in using the CNPWeb. These can be easily accessed at: Quick Reference Guides | Child and Adult Care Food Program | Health ∓ Senior Services (mo.gov).
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.
CACFP requires that well-balanced meals are served and good eating habits are taught. The program also provides training and technical assistance on nutrition, food service operations, program management, nutrition education and recordkeeping.
CACFP is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- CACFP Programs
- Adult Day Care Centers - Licensed
- Child Care Centers - Licensed or License-Exempt
- At-Risk, Afterschool Program
- Emergency & Homeless Shelters
- Family Child Care Homes - Licensed & Registered
- Claim Deadlines
- Food Service Management Contracts
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Grant Opportunities
- Growing with MO
- How to Apply
- Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care
- Missouri MOve Smart Child Care
- Posters, Flyers & Pamphlets
- Sponsor Directory for At-Risk Afterschool
- USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
- USDA Policies
- CIVIL RIGHTS Training - Online
- CACFP Meal Pattern Training - Online
- CACFP Infant Meal Pattern Training - Online
- CORE (CACFP Operational Resources & Education) - Online (Enrollment Key is CORE)
- CACFP Training for Child Care Centers – via Live Webex
Links to Important Information
- Access the CACFP CNP Web-Based System
- Application and Claiming Quick Reference Guides
- CACFP Appeal Flyer
- 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 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.
The Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance is requesting that USDA approve the state requested waiver to allow participating CACFP At-Risk Afterschool sponsoring organizations the option to serve meals during the current school year in a non-congregate setting for up to 10 days during unanticipated school closures with no virtual learning in place. The school closure must be related to natural disasters, unscheduled major building repairs, court orders relating to school safety or other issues, labor-management disputes, or, when approved by CFNA, similar unanticipated causes. The non-congregate meals can only be claimed if served with prior written approval before implementation.
For more information regarding this requested waiver, email the Child and Adult Care Food Program at CACFP@health.mo.gov.