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For Providers

What Kinds of meals can I serve?

You may choose to serve up to two meals and a snack, or two snacks and a meal, per day per child, as follows:

  • Breakfast-a serving of milk, vegetables or fruit, or portions of both, and grains are required components of the breakfast meal. Meat and meat alternates may be used to meet the entire grain requirement a maximum of three times per week.
  • Lunch and Supper-a serving of milk, meat and meat alternates, vegetables, fruits, and grains are required components in the lunch and supper meals.
  • Snack-serve two of the following five components: milk, meat and meat alternates, vegetables, fruits, and grains. Fruit juice, vegetable juice, and milk may comprise only one component of the snack.

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

All Family Child Care Educators that are licensed by the MA Department of Early Education & Care are able to participate in the CACFP.

All Informal Family Child Care Providers with an In Home/Relative Child Care Voucher can participate in the CACFP.  lf you want to participate in this program, you must choose a sponsoring organization, such as Child Development Health & Nutrition, Inc. (CDHN, Inc.); we then provide you with nutrition trainings and help you with establishing your menus and completing the necessary paperwork to ensure that you receive your food program reimbursements.

The reimbursement rates effective from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 are as follows:

Tier 1

Breakfast $1.33 Lunch & Supper $2.61 Snack $0.78

Tier 2

Breakfast $0.50 Lunch & Supper $1.58 Snack $0.21

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) reimburses you for the meals and snacks that you serve to the children in your family child care home. This federal program was established to set certain nutritional guidelines for children. In recognition of you meeting these guidelines, the federal government agrees to help reimburse for the food that you serve. This program plays a vital role in improving the quality of your child care program by ensuring that children get the nutrition that they need, while eliminating some of the financial burden on you.