View List of Programs Serving Free Nutritious Meals to Low-income Families
Disadvantaged families in California can now find updated lists of child and adult care centers offering nutritious meals at low or no cost through the California Department of Education’s website.
“Providing children with healthy meals is critical to their physical, emotional, and academic growth,” said State Superintendent Tom Torlakson. “Parents who are struggling with food insecurity can find out where to go to ensure their children receive the proper nutrition they need to thrive. I encourage families to take advantage of these centers.”
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More than 8,000 local child care centers and 14,000 sponsored day care home providers in California participate. These facilities provide nutritious food to infants, children, and adults.
All children enrolled in these day care homes receive meals at no charge. Most participating child care centers also provide meals at no charge, or free and reduced-price meals are available.
Child care centers can provide F/RP meals if families of children in their care meet household income eligibility guidelines. For example, a family of four earning $32,630 a year can qualify for free meals and snacks. Also, a family of four earning $46,435 a year can qualify for reduced-price meals and snacks.
Child care centers or day care home providers with children in households that receive California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids, CalFresh, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), Head Start, Early Head Start, or the Even Start Program are automatically eligible at the free rate.
Adult day care centers with adults that receive CalFresh, FDPIR, Social Security Income, or Medicaid benefits are also eligible for reimbursement at the free rate. Institutions serve meals to all participants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.*
To find day care home sponsors in your area, visit the interactive CACFP Day Care Home Sponsors webpage and search by county.
For a child or adult day care center, visit the interactive 2018 CACFP Center Sites webpage and search by county.