USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program For Family Child Care Homes
• What is the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program?
The program reimburses family child care providers for part of the cost of meals they serve to children
and ensures that well-balanced, nutritious meals are served. The program also provides nutrition
education to providers and children. The Child and Adult Food Program is a federally-funded
program. Your tax dollars return to your community when you participate in the program.
• How do I sign up with the food program?
Contact Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) at 541 298-5131 ext. 202. A representative from MCCAC will make an appointment to visit your home. During the visit they will explain the rules, requirements and sign you up to participate on the program. You may sign up with only one sponsor.
Providers need to have a current Registered or Certified Family Child Care License with the Oregon
Child Care Division to participate in the program. If not registered, you may be eligible if you are providing care in your own home and are receiving payment from the state to care for a child.
• Is the paperwork difficult?
No. Providers are required to keep simple records. They record the foods served to the children, the
meals each child was served, and child attendance. Providers also obtain food program child
enrollment forms from each parent. Providers send their food program records to the sponsor each
• What do I need to feed the children to be reimbursed for meals?
Meals must meet simple requirements. Providers must serve a variety of foods and your sponsor will
provide you with detailed information. A sample breakfast could be: Milk, Banana, and Cereal.
Sponsors provide recipe and menu ideas, a list of foods that count on the program, and a easy-toread
food chart that shows the meal requirements.
• How many meals can I be reimbursed for each day?
Providers may claim a maximum of 2 meals and 1 snack OR 2 snacks and 1 meal per child per day.
Some providers may be able to receive reimbursement for some of the meals served to their own
children. The sponsor will help each provider to see if they qualify.
• How much money will I receive?
Providers are classified as Tier 1 or Tier 2, based on income factors. For the period of July 1, 2012
through June 30, 2013, the reimbursement rate for qualifying meals served is:
Tier 1 Tier 2
Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.27 $0.46
Lunch/Supper . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.38 $1.44
Snack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.71 $0.19
• When will I receive the money?
Generally, 3-4 weeks from the time you submit records to your sponsor. Sponsors mail checks to
providers within five working days from the time they receive their money from Oregon Department of
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited
from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint
of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call, toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). TDD users can contact USDA
through local relay or the Federal relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866)377-8642 (relay voice users).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
MCCAC is an equal opportunity employer