New York State Department of Health Promotes Child and Adult Care Food Program

Department Receives More Than $157 Million to Support Healthy Meal Assistance Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program Provides Healthy Meals to Thousands of Families Every Day

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 29, 2023) - The New York State Department of Health today announced it received more than $157 million in federal reimbursement funding to support the State's 2022 Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a nutrition education and meal reimbursement program helping providers serve nutritious and safely prepared meals and snacks to children and adults in day care settings. Reimbursement is based on qualifying meals and snacks served to enrolled participants.

"Good physical health starts with nutrition," State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. "The Child and Adult Care Food Program provides thousands of families across the state with healthy and nourishing meals which leads to better health outcomes. The funding for this program supports the Department's mission of improving health equity and providing all New Yorkers with an equal opportunity to have a good quality of life."

Currently, more than 1,250 sponsoring organizations representing 10,527 licensed or registered center-based or family day care sites participate in CACFP statewide. On average, day care providers serve approximately 315,000 meals to children and adults at CACFP-participating facilities in New York State each day.

Participating programs include:

  • Childcare centers, including Head Start centers and outside school hours programs serving children up to 12 years of age.
  • Community-based adult day care centers that are approved by federal, state, or local authorities to provide day care services to adults with disabilities.
  • After-school programs providing educational or enrichment programming for children up to 19 years of age.
  • Homeless shelters providing meals to children living with a parent or guardian; and
  • Family day care programs including licensed, registered and legally exempt home-based caregivers serving children up to 12 years of age.

The level of support for free or reduced-price meals is based on household income as follows:

(Effective July 1, 2023, until June 30, 2024)
1 18,954 1,580 365 26,973 2,248 519
2 25,636 2,137 493 36,482 3,041 702
3 32,318 2,694 622 45,991 3,833 885
4 39,000 3,250 750 55,500 4,625 1,068
5 45,682 3,807 879 65,009 5,418 1,251
6 52,364 4,364 1,007 74,518 6,210 1,434
7 59,046 4,921 1,136 84,027 7,003 1,616
8 65,728 5,478 1,264 93,536 7,795 1,799
+6,682 +557 +129 +9,509 +793 +183

A list of the participating programs may be obtained at or by calling the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) at (800) 942-3858.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or from engaging in reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant's name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. Mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

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