Frequently Asked Question -About the CACFP
Children who have allergies and can not eat any food components required in a meal MUST HAVE a MEDICAL STATEMENT from a medical professional- stating the allergy AND the alternative food to be given in replace of that missing food component.
Plate Service- is when a provider pre-plates a child’s meal with all required food components and quantities required by USDA.
Family Style- when provider places bowls of all food components with adequate quantities to feed all children on the table, and children serve themselves.
Providers are required to verbally encourage children to try all food components and to offer seconds. You may use both serving styles as long as providers are encouraging to try all foods and seconds to meet USDA standards.
When you are picnicking away from your child care home you MUST CALL into the office and let CACFP know. You must also make a note on EITHER your menu or tally.
All providers, (licensed, approved and approved relatives) enrolled in the USDA food program MUST have an daily attendance record detailing actual in and out times for ALL children in care.
All children MUST have a CACFP current enrollment form. No enrollment = No $. Remember, the signature date is considered the day the child began on the food program. If you want the child's meals to count for reimbursement the day that they begin care with you then you must have the parent fill out the enrollment form at that time.
is considered ½ of the meat or meat alternative for lunch and supper. You MUST serve a second meat or meat alternative to receive credit. (cheese, yogurt, beans etc.)
Watch Out For-
Jam, jellies, jello, pudding, pickles, olives, onions, cakes, cupcakes popcorn, bacon, cream cheese, most canned soup, all canned spaghettios and ravioli are not creditable foods on the program. This is only a partial list of the most common mistakes.
Potatoes are a vegetable NOT a bread or bread alternative.
Must contain 6 grams of sugar or less to be credited at breakfast. Cereals containing 9 grams of sugar or less may be claimed at snack only.
Vegetable and meat combination jarred baby food is not creditable. Prepared infant jarred cereals, infant desserts, cobblers, puddings etc. are not creditable foods.
Are required to have CACFP training, if serving or preparing a USDA CACFP creditable meal. Call AEYC with any questions.
You MUST record your menus and tallies DAILY.
Submitting Menus & Tallies-
Your menus and tallies are due on the 1st of the month. You MUST submit menus and tallies no later than the 5th of the month.
AEYC - CACFP will not return calls requesting information about when food program checks are in. We receive payment from the state which often varies. We have no control over when they are processed and have no for warning that the funds are coming. Once we receive the funds we get the checks processed as soon as possible.
Call anytime, 789-1235 ext. 107. If you are located outside of Juneau you can call toll free: 1-888-785-1235 ext. 107.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and
applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender
identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental
status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public
assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity
conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA
Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-
9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in
the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington,
D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through
the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).