Daycare Centers

Frequently asked questions

CACFP General

What is CACFP?

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons. Through CACFP, more than 4.2 million children and 130,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive.

How can I qualify for CACFP?

Non-Profit organizations are automatically eligible and must have tax exempt status under IRS Code 501(c)3. For-Profit organizations may participate if 25% or more of enrolled children (or licensed capacity) receive Title XX funds (DFCS for 69/77/Maximus) or are classified as Category I on Pre-K roster. For-Profit organizations may also participate if 25% of enrolled children or licensed capacity, or whichever is less, are eligible for free and reduced price meals. CONTACT our office for full disclosure of Eligibility The basic requirements to receive reimbursement for the CACFP are: • Follow USDA, Bright from the Start, and GNSI policies and procedures. • Prepare and serve meals that meet USDA Meal Pattern Requirements. • Record accurately the number of children you serve meals to daily • Maintain health and sanitation requirements so the food you serve will be safe • Follow record keeping requirements and rules of the program. • Promote the safety and well-being of the children in your care.

How much are centers reimbursed for meals served?

Each reimbursed meal rate is determined by the participant's reimbursement level (free, reduced, or paid). To view Income Eligiblity Guidelines, click here.

How do I download Minute Menu?

To download Minute Menu on your facility's computer, please visit and follow the prompts. Your username and password are issued once you complete GNSIs orientation training. If you need to request to resend your information, click here to email our office.

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or


(3) email:

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