Food Program - CACFP

Encouraging nutritious meals and snacks for children under care

CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) is a reimbursement program for child care providers through the New York State Department of Health.  Child Care Providers may be reimbursed for serving nutritious meals and snacks to the children in their care.

Providers can submit their CACFP claims on-line using Kid Kare to descrease the amount of paperwork involved.


Registered Family Child Care Providers and Licensed Group Family Child Care Providers in Broome, Chenango, and Tioga Counties are eligible to enroll.

Legally Exempt Family Child Care Providers who care for at least one non-resident child receiving subsidy from the Department of Social Services and provide the care in their own home are eligible to enroll.

Civil Rights

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.

To file a civil rights complaint, please complete the USDA Civil Rights Complaint Form.


Program Details

Kid Kare (Minute Menu)

online claiming

Program FAQ

You can contact the Syracuse Regional Office of OCFS at 315-423-1202. You can ask to be connected to your specific licensor or the licensor on duty. If you know your licensor's name, a Child Care Specialist at Family Enrichment Network can provide you with the direct phone number or email address.

CACFP stands for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The program reimburses child care programs for healthy, nutritious meals and snacks served to children in their care.

Yes, you are required to keep records of what foods you serve the children, but the program can be done online which greatly limits the amount of paperwork involved. For information about what records you need to keep, call the CACFP Coordinator or monitor.

The Department of Health, who funds CACFP, requires us to do home visits (monitoring visits). These visits are required to be unannounced. During these visits, we must check your records, but can also include technical assistance and training to help you with your program.

You can access the Kid Kare program for CACFP from any computer that has internet access.  We can also provide paper forms to claim manually without a computer.