Child and Adult Care Food Program [CACFP] Law and Legal Definition

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal assistance provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide a daily subsidized food service. The CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low-income families.

Each day, 2.6 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP. The program also provides meals and snacks to 74,000 adults who receive care in nonresidential adult day care centers. CACFP reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in homeless shelters, and snacks and suppers to youths participating in eligible after school care programs.