Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can participate in the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)?
The CACFP is open to registered child care homes, licensed child care homes, Approved Relative Child Care (ARCC) providers, and licensed child care centers and area eligible afterschool programs.

Q. What meals can I claim?
Providers may claim up to 2 meals and 1 snack per child per day. You can choose the combination that works best for your program. Many providers claim breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.

Q. Can I just claim snacks?
Yes. The CACFP has the flexibility to meet your programs needs.

Q. What are the meal guidelines?
The USDA meal requirements are:

Breakfast: Milk, 1 fruit or vegetable, grain
Lunch or Dinner:
Milk, 2 fruits or vegetables, meat or meat alternative, grain
Choose 2 of the 4 meal components: Milk, fruit or vegetable, meat or meat alternative, grain

Sample Menu:
Breakfast: 1% Milk, banana, whole wheat toast
Lunch or Dinner: 1% Milk, green beans, carrots, chicken, rice
Snack: Vanilla yogurt, frozen strawberries

Q.  Can I claim meals for my own children?
Under certain guidelines, registered home providers may claim meals and snacks served to their own children when in child care. CACFP staff can help you determine if you are eligible.

Q. How do I get my reimbursement?
Reimbursement checks are mailed directly to you on a monthly basis.

Q.  What does a program visit look like?
CACFP staff visit your program 3 times a year to review your paperwork, answer your questions, bring you basic nutrition education materials, recipes, and menus.

Q.  How do I get more information or enroll?

Susan Corron
(802) 863-3367, Ext. 139

Anna Graham
(802) 863-3367, Ext. 132

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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