The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program
​for Emergency Shelters

The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides money for healthy meals.
All Emergency Shelters qualify for the CACFP as long as they are a nonprofit institution or a temporary residential site sponsored by a public or private nonprofit agency. Emergency shelters do not have to be licensed to provide day care. However, the shelter must meet any health and safety codes that are required by State or local law.
Being on the CACFP adds just a few extra steps. If you are already providing meals to the children in your care, then you are already doing most of what you need to do to receive CACFP funds.
Every day, you need to:
  • Keep attendance records
  • Record how many children ate 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

​Get started today!
The first step is to contact us by phone or email. First, we’ll make sure that you can participate in the CACFP.

If you are eligible to participate, we’ll
  • provide training, and
  • review your existing menus or help you set up new ones.

You usually start getting paid as soon as you are keeping all the required records.