Child Care, Adult Care, and Emergency Center Federal Meal Assistance Funds Available

The Child and Adult Care Food Program reimburses some costs associated with serving meals to children and qualified adults

OLYMPIA —November 23, 2020 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) encourages qualifying child-care centers, emergency shelters, and adult care centers in Washington state to participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP reimburses some costs associated with serving well-balanced, nutritious meals to children and adults.

The following care centers and institutions may participate in the CACFP:

  1. Nonresidential licensed public or private nonprofit child care centers or family daycare homes.
  2. For-profit child care institutions in which at least 25% of children served are low-income based on the center’s licensed capacity or total monthly attendance, whichever is less.
  3. Area eligible child care centers or institutions that provide care to school-age children.
  4. Nonprofit emergency shelters that provide temporary residential facilities to children.
  5. Qualifying public or nonprofit adult centers, or for-profit adult centers that receive compensation under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for at least 25% of their enrolled adults.

The CACFP reimburses meals at established rates based on school building data, family income, or federal assistance received in households where enrolled children and adults reside. Meals served to eligible children experiencing homelessness and at-risk children are reimbursed at the free rate. Reimbursements help institutions offset some of the costs of providing nutritious meals and snacks to participants.

Meals will be made available to participants at no charge.

The following monthly income eligibility guidelines determine reimbursement rates:

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Care centers and institutions may apply for the program or email questions to They may also contact us by mail at Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, Washington 98504–7200.

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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Led by Supt. Chris Reykdal, OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state.