The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides reimbursement funds to at risk afterschool programs in Minnesota and Iowa serving healthy meals. Partners in Quality Care works with at risk afterschool programs to help them sign up for the CACFP, making participation in the program easy!

Our team members take on the administrative and financial tasks of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which includes providing forms, processing paperwork, training staff, and coordinating with state and federal agencies on your behalf.

Find out why Partners in Quality Care is the largest sponsor of unaffiliated afterschool programs in Minnesota and Iowa.

Do You Qualify?

You can participate in the CACFP if your afterschool program is in a geographic area that is designated as at-risk by the USDA. You can view the map here or give us a call, and we can help you determine if you qualify.

To be eligible, your program must:

  • Be officially organized. Your program must be an official, organized afterschool care program, set for a specific time. This can be after school hours, on the weekends, holidays, or school vacations during normal school hours.
  • Provide activities. Your program should have regularly scheduled activities in a structured, supervised environment.
  • Be educating/enriching. Your organized program must have educational and enriching learning opportunities for the children.
  • Be located in an at-risk area. The USDA requires your afterschool program be in an area near a public school (elementary, middle, or high school), where more than half of the students are below the poverty line. See map here.

The Benefits of CACFP

  • Financial Reimbursement: Programs on the CACFP receive funds for up to 2 meals and 1 snack, or 1 meal and 2 snacks per enrolled child each day.
  • Nutrition: As a licensed at-risk afterschool program, you are already required to provide meals and snacks that meet ⅓ of the Recommended Dietary Allowance. The CACFP meal pattern requirements are designed to satisfy this requirement. By working with Partners In Quality Care you will have access to our registered dietitian at no cost to your program. And participating in the CACFP means that your program can afford to provide healthy meals and snacks!


Partners in Quality Care is a leading afterschool program advocate. If your afterschool program could benefit from funds to help pay for food, contact us today! We can help you navigate the paperwork and processes of the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program.

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