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.

Additional Resources

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Training

Links to Important Information

CACFP Crediting Handbook

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.

Public Notice

On March 13, 2020, the president declared a National Emergency due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  The Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance (CFNA) has requested three additional waivers from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow flexibilities during this emergency.  The waivers requested are:

  • To allow meal pattern flexibilities for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns during times of food shortages or availability issues. 
  • To allow SFSP sites that do not meet the 50 percent or more free or reduced priced eligibility requirement to be approved as SFSP sites during times of emergency.
  • To allow participating CACFP and SFSP sponsoring organizations the option to serve in a non-congregate setting during times of emergency declarations.

For more information regarding these requested waivers, please email the Summer Food Service Program at SFSP@health.mo.gov.

Public Notice Update

On March 6, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance regarding the application for state waivers to enable sponsors to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to a public health emergency, such as the coronavirus.

In response to the guidance, the Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance received approval from USDA to allow participating SFSP sponsoring organizations the option to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during unanticipated school closures related to a public health emergency. 

For more information regarding this requested waiver, please email the Summer Food Service Program at SFSP@health.mo.gov.