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 

Jessica Patrolia, MBA  


Roxi Dahlin 


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 September each year, CACFP Sponsors start the annual renewal process.  By August 3rd, 2018, please complete the form below and return them to RIDE. Our fax number is 401-222-6163.

Once this form has been received by RIDE we will contact you with more instructions to complete the annual renewal process.  

All CURRENT Sponsors

Must complete the following form by August 3rd, 2018:

Annual Sponsor Update

Indicate on this form whether or not you:

  • Need to change the names of your staff who have access to our CNP CONNECT system.  (You can check your CNP Connect Rolodex to see who has access.) 
  • Have closed any sites. 
  • Are adding new sites. 


      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.

Complete the "DUNS CCR Reply Form."

Budgeting for the FY19 Renewal PRocess

For the FY19 CACFP annual renewal process, we will NOT be using the budget pages contained in the CNP Connect online budget application. 

Every CACFP Sponsor (other than SFA's participating in the NSLP) must submit a budget using the template found here: CACFP Budget Template

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jessica Patrolia at 401-222-4253 or Sandra Fabrizio at or 401-222-4628).

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 eligibility to become a CACFP Sponsor.

If your organization is eligible, the first step to becoming a new Sponsor is to attend new Sponsor training, which is held bi-annually in January and July. 

To register for new Sponsor training, contact Jessica Patrolia at

Recorded Trainings

Documents, Resources & Links Library

CACFP Meal Pattern

Farm to Preschool

Early childhood is the ideal time to establish healthy eating habits. Farm to preschool works to connect early child care and education settings to local food producers with the objectives of serving locally-grown, healthy foods to young children, providing related nutrition education, and improving child nutrition. Farm to preschool activities can increase children’s willingness to try new foods and help them become familiar with local foods they will see in school. Farm to preschool creates a reliable outlet for producers and the smaller purchasing volumes for early child care settings are a good fit for local farmers.

Below are resources to facilitate your Farm to Preschool program:

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

SAM Quick Start Guide

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.