Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a USDA federally funded program administered by the RI Department of Education.  It is designed to provide nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults attending qualifying day care (non-residential) facilities. 

Sponsors are reimbursed for snacks and meals served which meet USDA guidelines.

The program operates in child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, family and group day care homes, homeless shelters, and adult day care centers.

All snacks and meals must meet the requirements of the CACFP Meal Patterns and be served at no cost to the children and adults.

The CACFP is administered nationally by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and governed by Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR) Part 226. The Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs administers it in RI.

For additional program information contact 

Sandra Fabrizio, MS


Stephen Carey, MS RD Nutrition/ School Health Specialist  

View a module on "What is the CACFP?"

For additional CACFP information, go to the USDA CACFP website.

For USDA program updates click here.

Sponsor Renewal Documents

Annual Renewal for Current CACFP Sponsors

In October each year, CACFP Sponsors start the annual renewal process.  By October 17th , please complete the forms below and return them to RIDE.  Our fax number is 401-222-6163.

Once these forms are received by RIDE, and you've submitted your September CACFP claim,  we'll contact you with more instructions to complete the annual renewal process.  


All CURRENT Sponsors

The “Child Nutrition Programs Sponsor Update” (form R-1C) must be completed by all returning Sponsors.

Indicate on this form whether or not you:

  • Need to change the names of your staff who have access to our CNP CONNECT system.   
  • If, as of October 1, 2014 you've closed any sites. 
  • If, as of October 1, 2014, you're adding new sites. 
    Complete the “Annual Update Contact Person” box and then sign and date this form.

If you are changing staff who use CNP Connect or are adding / closing sites, some of the forms below must also be completed and returned.


    Complete the “CNP CONNECT Site/User Update” (form R-2C) ASAP if you:
  • Are closing a current site (remember to tell us the site number)
  • Want to end a staff person's access to CNP Connect (they are no longer employed by you, or their role has changed; access to CNP Connect is no longer needed).
      You can check your CNP Connect Rolodex for a list of users who currently associated with your organization.


    Complete the “Adding a Site” (form R-3C) if you plan on adding any new sites to your organization this year.


      Complete the "Delegation of Authority Level 1" form if you want new users to approve or submit data and information through CNP Connect.  This must be approved by an existing Level 1 User.

Complete the "Delegation of Authority Level 2" form if you want new users to enter data into CNP Connect.  This must be approved by an existing Level 1 User.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sandra Fabrizio (at or at 401-222-4628) or Marisa Anand (at ( 401-222-8935).

Training & Training Resources

Here you’ll find any upcoming trainings, videos available for viewing, and links to helpful training resources.

View our CACFP training modules and other training resources.

For additional training resources go to the National Food Service Institute.

Becoming a CACFP Sponsor

Interested in becoming a CACFP sponsor? Take our CACFP Sponsor Eligibility Quiz. As you respond to simple questions, the Guide will provide information on your eligiblity to become a CACFP Sponsor.

To obtain more information on becoming a CACFP Sponsor contact:

Sandra Fabrizio

Documents, Resources & Links Library

Reimbursements Rates and Processing Claims

The Reimbursement and Claims section provides information on USDA reimbursement rates, and RIDE's CNP Connect secure claims processing and management system.

See current USDA Reimbursement Rates.

CNP Connect includes a secure section for processing meal claims.  For additional information on filing meal claims, visit the MyCNP Connect site.

How to Obtain a DUNS Number

A D-U-N-S Number, a unique nine digit identification number for your business. D-U-N-S Number assignment is FREE for all businesses required to register with the US Federal government for contracts or grants. Request your D-U-N-S Number via the Web.

Program Data & Finance

This section provides local and national data on the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and information about fiscal aspects of the Program.