Memorandum Released on CACFP Meals in Adult Day Programs

Members | August 13, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service released a memorandum on Aug. 7 to provide updated guidance relating to the adult day care component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Specifically, the memo clarifies and condenses previous guidance addressing center eligibility and licensing/approval.

The adult day care component the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) received some updated guidance clarifying and condensing previous guidance addressing center eligibility and licensing/approval.

In its Aug. 7 memorandum, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service said that facilities providing residential care are not eligible to participate in CACFP with respect to those residential clients.

In order to participate in CACFP, adult day care centers also must be licensed or approved by federal, state, or local authorities to provide adult day care services.

Generally, the simple presence of public funding in an adult day care center does not constitute “approval.”

Congress intended CACFP benefits to be available to serve individuals attending adult day care while remaining in the community.