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Child Nutrition - Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Welcome to the Oklahoma Child Nutrition Programs
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

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The CACFP provides reimbursement for well-balanced, nutritious meals served to individuals enrolled in day care centers, Family Day Care Homes (FDCH), after school programs, emergency shelters, and/or head start programs.  Funding is provided to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (state agency) from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on claims submitted by program participants.

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WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

The CACFP is available to public and private nonprofit organizations providing licensed non-residential day care services.  Such organizations include child care centers, FDCH Sponsors, outside school hours care centers, organizations providing day care services for children with disabilities and/or special health care needs, and adult care centers.  Also, private for profit centers may qualify if they receive compensation under Title XX/XIX of the Social Security Act for at least 25 percent of the participants who are receiving non-residential care, or 25% of their participants qualify for free or reduced-price meal benefits.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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1.  WHAT MEALS CAN I SERVE AND EXPECT REIMBURSEMENT FOR UNDER THE CHILD CARE FOOD PROGRAM?
Centers and Homes may be reimbursed for three meal services (two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal) per day per child.
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2. HOW MUCH REIMBURSEMENT MAY I EXPECT?
Reimbursement rates are announced annually and are based on the Consumer Price Index.  Institutions are reimbursed based on the family size and income of the participant's family.  Sponsoring organizations of family day care homes are also paid administrative fees.
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3.  WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A REIMBURSABLE MEAL?
Each meal has a component and quantity requirement.  Breakfast must contain a fruit or vegetable, grains/breads, or grains/breads alternative, and fluid milk;  lunch/supper must contain a meat or meat alternative, two or more vegetables and/or fruits, grains/breads or grains/breads alternative, and fluid milk;  supplements must contain two of the four lunch components.  Quantities vary according to the age of the participants being served.  Specific component and quantity information is contained in the CACFP Training Manual and the Food Buying Guide.   Quantity and components vary by program.
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4. ARE THERE SPECIFIC TIMES I MUST SERVE MEALS?
You must serve meals at regularly scheduled times each day.  If there are changes on the schedule of the meal service(s), you must notify the state agency; in the case of FDCHs, your sponsor must be notified to comply with CACFP's requirements.
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5. WHAT RECORDS MUST I KEEP?
Whether you are independent or a sponsored organization, you must ensure compliance with all USDA rules and regulations.  The state agency needs accurate daily records on your meal service in order to reimburse you.  These records include:  (1) The names and daily attendance of enrolled children.  (2) The eligibility of each child.  (3) Receipts for all food service purchases (if meals are prepared at the institution).  (4) Daily menus for each meal type you serve that clearly show each food item.  Production records are required indicating the quantity of food prepared in measurable units.  (5) The number of meals you serve (by type) daily to enrolled participants, adults working with the food service, and visitors.  All records must be maintained for three (3) years after the fiscal year to which they pertain.
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6. DO I NEED TRAINING?
Yes, you must understand USDA requirements for the program to operate smoothly.  Training of the food service staff must include information on:.  1) meal pattern requirements.  2) reimbursement process.  3) accurate meal counts. 4) claims submission.  5) record keeping.
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7. WILL I HAVE VISITORS?  WHAT WILL THEY BE LOOKING FOR?
Representatives of federal and state administering agencies and the sponsoring organization (if applicable) observe and will work with the staff in your organization to improve your operation.
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You may contact CNP by writing to:  Child Nutrition Programs, 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 310, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73105-4599, or you may call (405) 521-3327.
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In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

For Additional Information:
Child Nutrition Programs
2500 North Lincoln Blvd., Suite 310
Oklahoma City, OK  73105-4599
(405) 521-3327  fax: (405) 521-2239