Adult Care Food Program (ACFP)

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This U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded program provides meal reimbursements to adult daycare centers. ACFP is a component of USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The goal of this program is to support the provision of nutritious meals and/or snacks served to community-based adults attending adult daycare centers. The nutritious meals will support and possibly improve their nutritional status, enabling them to prolong living in their own community.

Centers eligible to participate in ACFP include private non-profit and certain for-profit centers, as well as some publicly funded centers. To be eligible, for-profit centers ensure that at least 25 percent of their participants receive Title XIX funding. All centers must provide services to adults age 60 or older, or to adults age 18 or older with a functional disability. Centers must provide structured, comprehensive services for more than four hours per day but less than 24 hours per day. Adult daycare and adult psychosocial centers, and some in-facility respite centers, are eligible to participate. The Department determines each center’s eligibility for ACFP participation.

ACFP will reimburse up to three meals per day, as long as one of those meals is a snack. For example, a center can seek reimbursement for breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.  Meals and snacks must follow the USDA meal pattern.

Participating ACFP providers receive cash reimbursement for meals or snacks provided under the program. Reimbursement is based on the number of enrolled participants who qualify for free or reduced-price meals, according to USDA income eligibility guidelines.

To find out how your center can participate in this program: Call 850-414-2000.


ACFP Re-applications for current participants
Waiver ACFP 90 Day Claim
Waiver ACFP Meal Pattern
Waiver ACFP non congregate
Waiver ACFP On site meal review
Waiver ACFP Sponsoring Organizations
Waiver ACFP Monitoring

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

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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:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
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USDA Aviso de No Discriminación (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, credo religioso, discapacidad, edad, creencias políticas, 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 con discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] llamando 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:

  1. correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; o
  3. correo electrónico:

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

ACFP Policy Manual

ACFP Forms for Center/Sponsor Use:

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Forms for ACFP Application Renewal:

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Procurement/Caterer Information:

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Nationwide Waivers

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted States significant program flexibilities and contingencies to best serve program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of nationwide waivers that apply to the Adult Care Food Program (ACFP).

Waiver TypeFlexibility GrantedExp. Date
Meal Pattern RequirementsAllow specific meal pattern flexibility – Ounce Equivalents. The crediting of grains by ounce equivalents is no longer required to be implemented 10/1/2021 and will not be required until after the expiration of the waiver. All other meal pattern requirements remain in effect.June 30, 2022
Congregate (Group) Meal RequirementsSupports social distancing by allowing meals to be provided as grab‘n go to a parent or guardian or for meals to be delivered.June  30, 2022
Meal Service Time RequirementsAllows program operators the flexibility to adjust the times meals and snacks are provided in order to streamline operations.June  30, 2022
Parent/Guardian Meal Pick-upAllows sites that are approved for non-congregate meal service to distribute meals to a parent or guardian to take home to their eligible child(ren).June 30, 2022
Monitoring Requirements for Sponsoring OrganizationsAllows CCFP sponsoring organizations to continue monitoring requirements included at 7 CFR 226.16(d)(4)(iii) offsite (e.g., through a desk audit). Under 7 CFR 226.16(d)(4)(iii), CCFP sponsoring organizations must review each facility three times each year and: 1) at least two of the three revies must e unannounced; 2) at least one unannounced review must include observation of meal service; 3) at least one review must be made during each new facility’s first four weeks of Program operations; and 4) not more than six months may elapse between reviewsJune 30, 2022

Note: Waivers remain in effect through the expiration date or upon expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier.