New York State Department of Health Promotes Child and Adult Care Food Program

Department Received More Than $158 Million to Support Healthy Meal Assistance Program

Child and Adult Care Food Program helps thousands of families across the state obtain healthy, nutritious meals each day

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 1, 2022) - The New York State Department of Health today announced it received more than $158 million in federal reimbursement funding to support the State's 2021 Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a nutrition education and meal reimbursement program helping providers serve nutritious and safely prepared meals and snacks to children and adults in day care settings. Reimbursement is based on qualifying meals and snacks served to enrolled participants.

"The Child and Adult Care Food Program helps thousands of families across the state obtain healthy, nutritious meals each day, which is the foundation for good health," said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. "The federal funding for this critically important program supports our department's commitment to promote the health of all New Yorkers, with a particular focus on improving health equity. So much of good health starts with good nutrition, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program is making that happen every day."

Currently, more than 1,300 sponsoring organizations representing 11,657 licensed or registered center-based or family day care sites participate in CACFP statewide. On average, day care providers serve approximately 340,000 meals to children and adults at CACFP-participating facilities in New York State each day.

CACFP is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and continues New York's commitment to promote the health and well-being of its residents. All children and adults who attend programs that participate in CACFP receive the same meals.

Participating programs include:

  • Child care centers, including Head Start centers and outside school hours programs serving children up to 12 years of age;
  • Community-based adult day care centers that are approved by federal, state or local authorities to provide day care services to adults with disabilities;
  • After-school programs providing educational or enrichment programming for children up to 19 years of age;
  • Homeless shelters providing meals to children living with a parent or guardian; and
  • Family day care programs including licensed, registered and legally exempt home-based caregivers serving children up to 12 years of age.

The level of support for free or reduced-price meals is based on household income as follows:

(Effective July 1, 2022 until June 30, 2023)

1 17,667 1,473 340 25,142 2,096 484
2 23,803 1,984 458 33,874 2,823 652
3 29,939 2,495 576 42,606 3,551 820
4 36,075 3,007 694 51,338 4,279 988
5 42,211 3,518 812 60,070 5,006 1,156
6 48,347 4,029 930 68,802 5,734 1,324
7 54,483 4,541 1,048 77,534 6,462 1,492
8 60,619 5,052 1,166 86,266 7,189 1,659
+6,136 +512 +118 +8,732 +728 +168

A list of the participating programs may be obtained at or by calling the New York State Health Department (NYSDOH) at (800) 942-3858.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant's name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.