Child and Adult Care Food Program

Celebrate CACFP Week 2023


Click here for more information about the Child and Adult Care Food Program's (CACFP) response to COVID-19.


Click here to download the Child Nutrition Program State Waiver Request.


The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides nutritious meals and snacks that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.  Participating institutions receive reimbursement by serving these nutritious meals to eligible individuals who are enrolled for care at participating child and adult care centers. CACFP also provides meals and snacks to children and youth who participate in afterschool care programs or reside in emergency shelters.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) administers the CACFP through grants to States.  The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) administers the CACFP in Virginia and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) administers the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. Independent and Sponsoring Organizations enter into agreements with their administering State agency to assume administrative and financial responsibility for CACFP operations. Care centers have the option to participate either under a sponsoring organization or independently in direct agreement with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

Types of Organizations within the CACFP

  • Child Care Centers
  • Head Start Centers
  • Outside School Hours Care Centers
  • Adult Care Centers
  • Emergency Shelters
  • Family Day Care Homes

CACFP Social Media

The CACFP is an indicator of quality care and we encourage you to join our social media campaign by sharing your posts, stories, reels, etc. with the hashtags  #VACACFP, #CACFPWeek, #QualityCare and tagging us at @CACFPVirginia on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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