General Information – Emergency Shelters

What is CACFP:

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

To be eligible for participation in the CACFP, shelters must provide residential and food services to homeless children and their guardians.

Who is eligible to participate in CACFP:

  • Infants through 18 years of age
  • Children of migrant workers 15 years of age and under
  • Mentally or physically disabled children, regardless of their age

What are the CACFP program requirements:

  • Provide temporary shelter to children up to age 18 and their parents/guardians.
  • Be public or private.
  • Meet applicable state and local health/safety/sanitation standards.

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:

Three meals (per day per eligible participant) for emergency shelters.

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.


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.