THE CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM FOR AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides reimbursement funds to afterschool programs in Minnesota and Iowa serving healthy meals. Partners in Quality Care works with 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 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!

Let Us Sponsor You

Partners in Quality Care has two different ways that your afterschool program can participate in the CACFP. Choose the model that works best for you:

You prepare meals and snacks or hold your own contract with a caterer

If your afterschool program makes their own meals or wants to hold a contract for meals, then these are your CACFP tasks:

Every day, you need to:

  • Keep attendance records
  • Record how many children ate the food by using paper or an easy mobile app
  • Record your menu

Every month, you need to:

  • Send your meal counts, menus and receipts to Partners in Quality Care

Every year, you need to:

  • Receive training from Partners in Quality Care

With this way of participating, you will receive a reimbursement every month from Partners in Quality Care that you can use to pay for food.​​​

You want meals/snacks to be delivered to your program at no cost to you

If your afterschool program doesn’t prepare meals and doesn’t want to hold a catering contract, Partners in Quality Care will hold the catering contract on your behalf.

If you choose this model, the meals will be delivered to your program at no cost to you. Partners in Quality Care will retain the CACFP funds to pay for the meals that we order for your program.

If you participate this way, you need to:

  • Keep attendance records
  • Record how many children ate the food using paper or an easy mobile app

Every year, you need to:

  • Receive training from Partners in Quality Care

Once you’ve chosen the model that works best for your after-school program, the team at Partners in Quality Care can help from there.

READY TO GET STARTED?

Partners in Quality Care is a leading CACFP sponsor and 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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