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Emergency Shelters

CACFP can be an important resource to emergency shelters that provide residential and food services to children experiencing homelessness.

Emergency shelters receive the highest rates of payment for serving meals, which meet Federal nutritional guidelines, to eligible children.

Residents 18 and younger who receive their meals at an emergency shelter are automatically eligible for free meals. There are no application forms for families to fill out. All reimbursable meals are served in group settings, at no cost to the child or to the child’s family.

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