A variety of public or private nonprofit child care centers, Head Start programs, outside-school-hours care centers, and other institutions which are licensed or approved to provide day care services participate in CACFP. For-profit centers that serve lower income children may also be eligible. CACFP reimburses centers at free, reduced-price, or paid rates for eligible meals and snacks served to enrolled children, targeting benefits to those children most in need.
CACFP sponsors may claim reimbursement for a maximum of either two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal per participant per day. Meals claimed for reimbursement must meet the CACFP meal pattern requirements and must be served to enrolled participants in approved settings.
- A public institution;
- A private, non-profit organization (documentation of tax exempt status is required); or
- A for-profit center that
- receives child care subsidies funded by Title XX of the Social Security Act for at least 25% of its enrolled participants or license capacity (whichever is less), or
- at least 25% of enrolled children qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
Sponsors must follow the CACFP USDA Meal Pattern and the West Virginia Leap of Taste Nutrition Standards. The standards ensure that child care centers comply with nutritious food guidelines for beverages, milk, fruits & vegetables, meats and meat alternates, and grains and breads.