Food Program (CACFP)


Join the hundred of child care providers in the county participating for FREE!



4Cs sponsors the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture because we are committed to supporting healthy eating habits that begins in childhood.

The CACFP is a nutrition education and meal reimbursement program helping child care providers serve nutritious and safely prepared meals and snacks to children in child care settings. In 2016, 4Cs CACFP Team reimbursed over 350 providers for 1,456,057 meals served in family child care homes.

See our brochures below:

CACFP for Providers

CACFP for Parents

Currently a participant? See information about Getting Started on KidKare and our 2017 Nutrition Handbook.

Benefits & Services

I. Monthly reimbursement

Breakfast, lunch, supper and morning and afternoon snacks may be reimbursed depending on the type of child care program and the hours of operation. A maximum of two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal may be claimed per participant per day. Meals and snacks must provide a minimum number of food components in defined serving sizes to qualify for reimbursement. Food components include fluid milk, fruits and vegetables, breads and bread alternates, and meat and meat alternates. There are two tiers of reimbursements: Tier 1 – Breakfast 1.31; Lunch/Supper 2.46; Snacks 0.73
Tier 2 – Breakfast 0.48; Lunch/Supper 1.48; Snacks 0.20.

II. Visits

To ensure success, one of our nutrition specialist will help a provider learn how to follow the meal planning requirements and provide training on all recordkeeping requirements. Three times a year one of our nutrition representatives will visit the child care home to observe meals, daily menus and attendance records and provide helpful nutrition materials.

III. Technical assistance from our staff, including staff to assist Chinese- and Spanish-speaking providers.

IV. Nutrition education

We provide curriculum handouts, recipes, workshops, and health and safety information.

V. Opportunity to participate in special projects such as our Asthma-Friendly Child Care & Child Care Obesity Prevention Policies to help you and children stay healthy

Reasons to join

  • Listen to what providers think about the program video above.
  • Participating in the program makes good business sense. Read the article written by Tom Copeland, the nation's leading expert on family child care business issues such as child care taxes: Is the Food Program Worth It? 

How to enroll

If you are a licensed family care provider in Alameda County, call 4Cs Child Health and Nutrition Program at 510-584-3105 for more information.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 

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:, 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:

            mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 fax: (202) 690-7442; or

 emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 2015 (Spanish Translation)

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

correo: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

fax: (202) 690-7442; o 

correo electrónico: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.