Program Overview

The CACFP, Child and Adult Care Food Program, was created to help make it more affordable to serve nutritional foods in different types of day care settings for children and adults, such as child care centers, day care homes, “At Risk” after school care programs, and adult day care centers.

These federal funds are administered by the Food and Nutrition Service of the US Department of Agriculture or the USDA. States receive these funds through grants. The governor in each state then determines which state agency will regulate and administer these funds. In Missouri, the program is administered through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services or MDHSS.

In Missouri, for a day care home to receive any reimbursement money from the CACFP, the home must be licensed or registered by the state to operate. The day care provider may then sign an agreement with a contracted sponsor, such as Child Nutrition Service, Inc. to participate on the CACFP.

If you are a licensed or contracted day care provider in the state of Missouri and would like to learn more about the food program please Contact Us for more information.