General Information – Adult Day Care Centers

What is Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP):

A nutritional, educational and meal reimbursement program helping Day Care facilities provide healthy and nutritious meals and snacks to children and adults.  The CACFP also plays a critical role in creating a more affordable setting for low-income families throughout Arizona.

As part of the CACFP, the Older Americans Act of 1987 made reimbursable meals similar to child and school lunch programs available to adult day care centers.

Who is eligible to participate in CACFP:

Non-residential adults who attend a licensed day care center and are Title XIX or XX Eligible or 60 years or older.

What are the CACFP program requirements:

  • be a public or private non-profit organization with tax-exempt status
  • be a for-profit adult day care centers with at least 25 % of their total enrollment or license capacity, whichever is less, receiving compensation under Title XX and/or Title XIX of the Social Security Act.
  • have a current Federal, state, or local license or approval to provide day care services in a group setting outside their homes on a less than 24 hour basis.
  • develop and maintain an Individual Service Plan for every functionally impaired participant

What must be included in meals:

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Whole Grains, Low/Non-Fat Dairy and Meat or Meat Alternative-Protein (New USDA guidelines).

How many meals are reimbursable:

Two meals and a snack or two snacks and a meal (per day per eligible participant).

What are the reimbursement rates:

Reimbursement rates for meals and/or snacks served to adults in attendance are announced annually by the USDA based on changes in the Consumer Price Index of the preceding year.

Reimbursement for the same meal cannot be claimed under both the CACFP and Title IIIc of the Older Americans Act of 1965.

What training is required:

The following Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) training classes are offered monthly and are free of charge to new applicants and/or new personnel, however, registration is limited to 2 people per agency:

  1. CACFP Training For New Staff – Designed to assist centers currently operating the CACFP with a newly hired Director/staff member that is responsible for administering the CACFP and overseeing its operations.
  2. How To Apply For CACFP – Designed for new applicants of licensed child and adult day care centers that wish to apply to participate in the CACFP. An owner or administrator must attend to receive the application.

Note: The CACFP team will evaluate applications and once the application is determined to be complete, approval will be granted within 30 days.

If you have any further questions about the Child and Adult Care Food Program please contact:

Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 7
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Tel: (602) 542-8700
Fax: (602) 542-3818

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.