The Child and Adult Care Food Program was established to improve the meals and snacks served in child and adult day care settings. Licensed and registered family child care homes and licensed group child care homes in private residences can participate in the CACFP. Home child care providers are reimbursed for nutritious meals and snacks served to children.
The CACFP is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information about the Child and Adult Care Food Program, contact Cris McIntosh.
- All family and group child care homes must be licensed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services or a branch of the military, or have current registration status with the Department of Social Services.
- All family and group child care homes must be in provider's own residence, the private residence of another, or a rented or unoccupied private residence.
- All family and group child care homes must participate in the CACFP through a sponsoring organization.
Sponsoring organizations are nonprofit or public organizations that contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. They serve as sponsors for family and group child care homes. Their responsibilities include:
- Making at least three visits annually to family and group child care home providers, to observe meal service and program compliance.
- Checking records such as menus, meal counts, and attendance records on a monthly basis.
- Training family and group child care home providers on program requirements.
- Providing help to family and group child care home providers in areas of nutrition, nutrition education, food preparation, and food sanitation.
- Determining if the sponsored providers are Tier I homes and determine which children are eligible for Tier I reimbursement.
- Submitting claim information on a monthly basis to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services - Community Food and Nutrition Assistance.
- Disbursing or mailing checks for meals served to home providers in a timely manner.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Click here for the full USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.
For more information, please contact Cheri Wood at 660-665-9855.