About the New York State Child and Adult Care Food Program

The New York State Department of Health annually receives funding from the federal government to support and further enhance New York's Child and Adult Care Food Program's (CACFP) statewide.

The CACFP initiative is supported through an entitlement program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and continues New York's commitment of promoting the health and well being of its residents. Currently, more than 1,400 sponsoring organizations representing 14,000 licensed or registered center-based or family day care sites are participating statewide. On average, day care providers serve approximately 370,000 children and adults each day. In 2016, New York received nearly $272 million in federal USDA funds for this expanded nutrition program.

Participating sponsors include:

  • CHILD CARE CENTERS, including head start centers, and outside school hour programs serving children up to 12 years of age;
  • HOME-BASED FAMILY and GROUP CHILD CARE, including legally exempt providers caring for subsidized children;
  • 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; and
  • HOMELESS SHELTERS providing meals to resident children living with a parent or guardian.

The level of support for free or reduced price meals received by all eligible participants is based on household income as follows:

Standards for Determining Income Eligibility Guidelines*

(Effective July 1, 2021 until June 30, 2022)

Year Month Week Year Month Week
1 $16,744 $1,396 $322 $16,744 - $23,828 $1,396 - $1,986 $322 - $459
2 $22,646 $1,888 $436 $22,646 - $32,227 $1,888 - $2,686 $436 - $620
3 $28,548 $2,379 $549 $28,548 - $40,626 $2,379 - $3,386 $549 - $782
4 $34,450 $2,871 $663 $34,450 - $49,025 $2,871 - $4,086 $663 - $943
5 $40,352 $3,363 $776 $40,352 - $57,424 $3,363 - $4,786 $776 - $1,105
6 $46,254 $3,855 $890 $46,254 - $65,823 $3,855 - $5,486 $890 - $1,266
7 $52,156 $4,347 $1,003 $52,156 - $74,222 $4,347 - $6,186 $1,003 - $1,428
8 $58,058 $4,839 $1,117 $58,058 - $82,621 $4,839 - $6,886 $1,117 - $1,589
For each additional family member $5,902 $492 $114 $8,399 $700 $162

* The income eligibility guidelines are used to categorize the household income reported on the income eligibility application into the free or reduced category. For example, if the monthly income for a family of two is $1,888 or less, the center would be eligible for reimbursement at the Free rate. If the household income for a family of two is between $1,888 and $2,686 per month, the center would be eligible for reimbursement at the Reduced rate. If the household income for a family of two is $2,686 or more per month, the center would be eligible for reimbursement at the Paid rate.

Further Information

For further information about CACFP, contact the New York State Department of Health at 1-800-942-3858 OR (518) 402-7400.

Equal Opportunity Notice

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.