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Reimbursement for Meals and Snacks Served to Young Adults in the CACFP - Q&A's

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FNS Document #
CACFP 12-2021
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PDF Icon CACFP 12-2021 (262.52 KB)
DATE:June 7, 2021
SUBJECT:Reimbursement for Meals and Snacks Served to Young Adults in the Child and Adult Care Food Program—Questions and Answers
TO:Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

This memorandum includes questions and answers to provide clarification to state agencies, emergency shelters, and emergency shelters that operate at-risk after school care centers regarding meals and snacks served to young adults in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). It addresses requirements of section 1107 of the American Rescue Plan Act, PL 117-2, which raise the age limit to allow emergency shelters and at-risk centers to claim CACFP reimbursement for providing meals and snacks to individuals under age 25. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued implementation guidance to state agencies, CACFP-08-2021, on April 9, 2021,

FNS appreciates the exceptional effort of state agencies and local program operators working to meet the nutritional needs of children and adult participants during a challenging time. State agencies are reminded to distribute this memorandum to program operators immediately. Program operators should direct any questions concerning this guidance to their state agency. State agencies with questions should contact the appropriate FNS regional office.

Angela M. Kline
Policy and Program Development Division


Page updated: December 18, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.