Toolkit: Maximizing the CACFP Area Eligibility Wavier for Family Child Care Homes
FRAC’s new communications toolkit is designed to help advocates inform family child care providers on how to gain access to the highest reimbursement rates that will help support their ability to reach and feed more children daily now that the Nationwide Waiver of Area Eligibility for Family Child Care Homes is in full effect. The toolkit includes a model release, sample social media graphics and content, flyers, and email templates.
Testimony: Reynaldo Green, National CACFP Forum President on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization
On March 25, 2021, Reynaldo Green testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, urging the committee to include CACFP priorities in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill. Priorities included improving the adequacy of benefits by allowing another meal or snack for children in a full day of care, making proprietary care eligibility consistent with other federal nutrition programs by allowing yearly verification, and eliminating overly burdensome and outdated paperwork – in addition to our other important recommendations including increased reimbursement rates for providers and sponsors, improved area eligibility, and making permanent the expansion for homeless shelters.
Curious about the impact of COVID-19 on CACFP?
In March 2021, FRAC released a brief exploring the number of meals served through the program, reimbursements and costs, and the significance of this new data. Explore our three-page brief to learn more.
Food Research & Action Center’s Transition Recommendations: “This is the Time to Heal in America,” and It Begins With Addressing Hunger
FRAC’s transition recommendations provide a roadmap for the Biden-Harris Administration to address hunger in America. It sets forth the harms of food insecurity, summarizes the strengths of the federal nutrition programs, and concludes with high-priority recommendations for administrative and legislative asks that need to be taken to reduce hunger and poverty.
USDA Proposed New Rules Affecting CACFP: What you need to know
Watch the recorded webinar covering the two recently proposed USDA rules impacting the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Join USDA and FRAC to learn what you need to know about USDA’s proposed rules covering CACFP meal modifications, a request for input on allowing grain-based desserts in CACFP, and options for streamlining the application process for CACFP institutions to apply for the Summer Food Service Program.
New state Fact Sheets on Infant and Toddler Health from FRAC and the Think Babies™ Campaign
Are infants and toddlers in your state getting the nutrition they need for a healthy start in life? Find out with a new set of fact sheets released by the Food Research & Action Center and the Think Babies™ campaign.
In FY 2018, CACFP provided 2 billion meals and snacks to:
- 4.5 million children daily in child care centers, family care homes, and afterschool programs.
- 66,000 child care centers.
- 131,000 persons in Adult Day Care.
Reducing CACFP Paperwork
State agencies, sponsors, advocates and other key stakeholders can use FRAC’s worksheet to evaluate current state policies, and identify opportunities for reducing paperwork requirements and barriers to participation.
CACFP Regulatory Roundup
Recent FRAC CACFP Comment Letters: Regulatory and Administrative Actions
- Delayed Implementation of Grains and Ounce Equivalents in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (July 31, 2019)
- Request for Information: The Serious Deficiency Process in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (August 6, 2019)
- Increasing Flexibility for Verification of For-Profit Center Eligibility in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (December 3, 2019)
Recent FRAC Nutrition Policy Comment Letters (CACFP Related)
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Comments on Topics and Questions (March 28, 2018)
- Proposed Objectives for Healthy People 2030 (January 17, 2019)
New USDA Rules for Meals and Snacks in the Child and Adult Care Food Program Go into Effect, Promote Healthy Eating Habits
As of October 1, 2017, all child and adult care centers and child care homes receiving federal funds from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) must implement new nutrition standards that include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat. The new standards also encourage breastfeeding and better align with WIC and other child nutrition programs, such as school breakfast and lunch.
CACFP pays for nutritious meals and snacks for eligible children who are enrolled at participating:
- Child Care Centers and Family Child Care HomesYoung children attending participating family child homes, child care centers, or Head Start programs can receive up to two meals and a snack that meet USDA nutritional standards. The majority of CACFP participants are preschool-aged children. Eligibility is based either on the poverty status of the area or on the income of the enrolled children.
- Afterschool ProgramsSchool-based afterschool programs providing enrichment activities for children and teenagers after school can also provide free snacks through CACFP in areas where at least 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. CACFP funds also can pay for suppers for children attending afterschool programs.
- Homeless SheltersCACFP provides up to three meals a day for children age 18 and younger living in homeless shelters.
- Senior Day Care CentersCACFP provides meals and snacks to senior citizens attending nonresidential day care centers.