Child care

Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is seeking eligible child and adult care facilities, afterschool programs and emergency shelters to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The program is a federally funded U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition program available to child care centers, adult day care centers, Head Start programs, emergency shelters and before and after-school programs. The program reimburses approved facilities for meals and snacks served to children and adults in care. The meals are available to children and adult program participants at no separate charge.

Federal income guidelines determine children’s eligibility for free and reduced-price meals through the program. Foster children and children who receive benefits through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or who are Head Start participants are categorically eligible to receive free meals through the program. Adults who receive SNAP benefits, FDPIR benefits, Social Security Income (SSI), or are Medicaid participants are automatically eligible for free meals.

Approved or exempt institutions that offer a structured after-school program with educational or enrichment activities may be eligible to participate in the At-Risk Afterschool component of the program. This program reimburses institutions that serve nutritious afterschool snacks and/or a supper meal to children up to 18 years of age in a structured environment after the school day has ended. The after-school program must be located in a low-income area where 50 percent or more of the children at the nearest school receive free or reduced-price meals.

To learn more about participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, visit the CACFP webpage at, call 800-733-6251 or email

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