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Becoming a CACFP Sponsor

Child Nutrition Programs Child and Adult Care Food Program CACFP

What is the Child and Adult Care Food Program?

CACFP is the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a Federal program that provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care. It plays a vital role in improving the quality of daycare and making it more affordable for many low-income families.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers CACFP through grants to States. The program is administered within most States by the State educational agency. In a few States, it is administered by an alternate agency, such as the State health or social services department. The child care component and the adult day care component of CACFP may be administered by different agencies within a State, at the discretion of the Governor.

CACFP reimburses participating centers and day care homes for their meal costs. Independent centers and sponsoring organizations receive cash reimbursement for serving meals to enrolled children and adults that meet Federal nutritional guidelines. The CACFP meal pattern varies according to age and types of meal served.

How do I apply if I am a Center?

Contact The Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs (ODE CNP) before starting the application process at 503-947-5894.

How do I apply if I am a Home Provider?

Contact a Family Day Care Home Sponsoring Organization for more information.


Application Process

The presentations below will walk your organization through each step of the application process

  1. Step 1
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  4. Step 4
  5. Step 5

Eligibility Assessment

Step 1 in the application process is to complete the below Eligibility Assessement. The Assessment will provide ODE CNP with information about your organization and programs offered. You will be contacted by ODE CNP within five business days after submission of the Assessment to review all steps in the process.

Eligibility Assessment

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