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.

View a module on "What is the CACFP?"

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

CACFP Program Information

Adult Day Care Program

The Adult Day Care Program provides cash assistance to approved centers for nutritious meals and snacks served to:

  • Adults in public or private nonresidential day care centers who are
    • 60 years of age or older, or
    • Functionally impaired adults of any age.

Adult day care centers can be reimbursed for up to two meals and one snack, or two snacks and one meal a day for each eligible adult.

The Adult Day Care Program’s goal is to enhance the health and well being of all adult day care participants by ensuring access to nutritious meals.

More information may be found at the United States Department of Agriculture.

For additional program information contact Becky Bessette at 401-222-4253 or via email.

Family Day Care Home Program

The Family Day Care Home (FDCH) Program provides cash assistance to approved licensed family or group day care homes for nutritious meals and snacks served to infants and children through age 12. There are over 275 Family Day Care Homes in the RI Program.

Family day care homes can be reimbursed for up to two meals and one snack, or one meal and two snacks a day for each eligible child.

The goal of the Family Day Care Home Program is to improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of children, promote development of good eating habits, and integrate nutritious food service with organized child day care services.

More information may be found at the United States Department of Agriculture.

For additional program information contact Becky Bessette at 401-222-4253 or via email.

At Risk After School Meal Program

At the start of the school year, the At-Risk After School Meal Program provides cash assistance for snacks and meals served at no charge to students ages 18 and younger in afterschool programs. There are no age limits for children with disabilities.

The meal can be served at any time during the afterschool program, from right after school to later in the evening.

Afterschool programs that operate on non-school days, weekends, and holidays during the school year may serve one meal and one snack on those days as well. The meal may be breakfast, lunch or supper.

Participating programs are located within the boundaries of eligible low-income elementary school attendance areas. Eligible facilities include:

  • Public and private schools,
  • Nonresidential child care centers and
  • Outside school-hours care centers.

Participating afterschool programs can be reimbursed for up to one snack and one meal a day for each eligible student.

To participate, sponsors must have a structured, supervised afterschool enrichment program.

The goal of the At Risk After School Program is to improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of children, promote development of good eating habits, and integrate nutritious food service with organized afterschool programs.

More information may be found at the United States Department of Agriculture.

For additional program information contact Becky Bessette at 401-222-4253 or at Becky.bessette@ride.ri.gov

Homeless Shelter Program

The Homeless Shelter Program provides cash assistance for nutritious meals and snacks served to infants and children ages 18 and younger residing in emergency shelters.

Cash assistance is available for up to three meals a day (or two meals and one snack a day) for each child.

The goal of the Homeless Shelter Program is to improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of children, promote development of good eating habits, and integrate nutritious food service in organized emergency shelters.

More information may be found at the United States Department of Agriculture.

For additional program information contact Becky Bessette at 401-222-4253 or via email.

Child Care Center Program

The CACFP provides cash assistance to approved child care centers for nutritious meals and snacks served to:

  • Infants and children (ages 12 and younger);
  • Children of migrant workers (ages 15 and younger); and
  • Children of any age (with disabilities) in public or private nonresidential licensed child care centers.

Child care centers can be reimbursed for up to two meals and one snack, or one meal and two snacks a day for each eligible child.

The goal of the Child Care Center Program is to improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of infants and children, promote development of good eating habits, and integrate nutritious food service in participating child care centers.

More information may be found at the United States Department of Agriculture.

For additional program information contact Becky Bessette at 401-222-4253 or via email.

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.

SPONSORS WHO ARE CLOSING SITES OR CHANGING STAFF

    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.

    SPONSORS WHO ARE ADDING SITES

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

    SPONSORS ADDING NEW USERS TO CNP CONNECT

      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 Sandra.fabrizio@ride.ri.gov or at 401-222-4628) or Marisa Anand (at (Marisa.anand@ride.ri.gov 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.

Regulations & Guidance

Welcome to the Child and Adult Care Food Program Regulations & Guidance section. The purpose of this section is to clarify the rules and regulations in the administration of this Program.

RIDE issued Memos & Guidance:

Coming Soon

USDA issued Policy Memos

For the most current policy memos and updates, please visit USDA's Child Care and Adult Care Food Program Policy page at...

RI Regulations: Coming Soon

USDA Regulations

USDA Legislation

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
401-222-4682
Sandra.fabrizio@ride.ri.gov

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.