Promoting nutrition and positive eating habits for children in regulated childcare facilities.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program that is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In the state of Iowa, this program is administered by the Department of Education, Bureau of Food and Nutrition.


The Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides meal reimbursement and nutrition education to registered childcare providers. Providers submit monthly menus to assure that meals and snacks follow standard nutrition guidelines and reimbursement to the provider is based on the number of children and meals along with the type of meals served. CACFP recognizes childcare providers as professionals, running a small business. There are opportunities to talk to other child care providers to share information, ideas, concerns and solve common problems. Children also receive education about nutrition and have the opportunity to participate in food-oriented activities. The CACFP program at NEICAC serves those childcare homes in Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, Mitchell & Winneshiek counties.

NEICAC’s CACFP works with approximately 53 childcare providers and 640 children per month.


Registered or CCA certified Family or Group Day Care home with the Department of Human Services

Serve approved meals according to USDA guidelines

Breakfast – milk, fruits or vegetables and grains

Lunch & Dinner – milk, grains, meat or meat alternative, 1 vegetable plus 1 additional serving of fruit or vegetables

Snacks – Include 2 of the 5 components: milk, fruits, vegetables, grains,or meat/meat alternative

Daily attendance record/menu planning/meal count form, infant feeding forms and current enrollments. After the initial paperwork is completed, typically, only the daily attendance/menu form is required


The Child & Adult Care Food Program also ensures children in the NEICAC Head Start Program receive healthy meals and snacks and provides supplemental funding to the program. Meal plans are designed for each pre-school classroom and teachers are trained in nutrition and healthy eating. The students participate in activities that will assist them in developing important healthy eating habits.


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (Revised 5-5-22)

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 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 Secetary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20250-9410; or

2. Fax: (833)256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

3. Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Iowa Nondiscrimination Statement (Revised 3-21-16)

It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E 14th St, Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121 or 800-457-4416; website:


Rebecca Phillips – CACFP Coordinator

563-382-8436 Ext 142


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“Cheryl & Denise. Happy CACFP Week. You both are: Courageous & Calm as a Cucumber. Astounding & Accessible & Able. Cheerful & Capable. Fascinating & we are Fortunate to have you !! Positive & Peppy. Thanks for All you do!!”