Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)



Are you a home day care provider who serves meals and snacks to your day care children?
Would you like to get reimbursed for part of the cost of those meals?

The Child and Adult Care Food Program gives cash reimbursement to providers for up to two meals and one snack per child per day.  Providers are given guidelines for nutritious meals and snacks which encourages healthy eating habits.  Training is regularly offered to help providers learn about child nutrition, human development and how to create a pleasant mealtime environment.  The training offered at Friendly House is held on-site and is free.

The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the State Board of Education.  We serve the following counties: Cedar, Clinton, Muscatine and Scott.  Other program benefits include workshops, newsletters, recipes and activities, and inclusion in any Friendly House programs, events and activities.

To become a CACFP participant: Your day care must be registered with the State of Iowa.  Providers of all income levels may participate.  Day care may be full or part time.  You must be sponsored by a state approved agency, such as Friendly House.  For more information or to schedule a pre-approval visit, contact the program supervisor, Lisa, at 563-323-1821, ext. 16.

It is the policy of Friendly House not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, gender, sex, age, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, familial status or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7.  If you have any questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by Friendly House, contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 1400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone: 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416 or

To see if you are eligible, please see the Income Guidelines.

We are now using the premiere CACFP online claiming application called “Minute Menu”. Preparing and submitting menu claims will be faster and easier than ever!  Want to go completely online and submit menus over the Internet?  Minute Menu can do it.  Check out the Minute Menu website for more information or sample an online demo – follow these steps:

  1. Click on “current providers” on the left hand side.
  2. Type “996000991” for the login and “temporar” for the password.
  3. Then click on “submit” and then “open WebKids”.

Keep in mind this is a sample account for providers across the nation.  This account can give you an idea of how WebKids works, but can be busy at times.  To get started with Minute Menu, contact Lisa.


CACFP Newsletter January 2014 


Provider Resources:

Allergy Medical Exception Form

CACFP Child Enrollment Form

Common Questions About Food

Daily In – Out Worksheet (Excel Spreadsheet)

Friendly House Menu and Attendance

Gather at the Table Cookbook (PDF)

Healthy Child Care Iowa

Home Provider Cover Letter 2012-2013

Infant Feeding Guidelines

Iowa Income Eligibility Application FY 2012-2013

Meal Time Survey Agreement

The Sponsor Association’s (TSA) Resources

Sponsor Tools for Providers

Teaching our Youngest – for teachers, centers, and childcare providers (PDF)

USDA’s “Feeding Infants” guide book