If you are a state or locally licensed home child care provider in Idaho, then you are eligible to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

On average, a child care home licensed for 6 children serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack each weekday receives $533 a month.

A child care home licensed for 12 children serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack each weekday receives, on average, $772 a month.*

How the Food Program Works

Child Care Providers Follow These Main Requirements

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    Meal Pattern: Serve foods to enrolled children according to the Food Program meal pattern guidelines
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    Recordkeeping: Record attendance and meals using free online recordkeeping system
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    Annual Training: Complete a minimum two-hour nutrition training each year
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    Civil Rights: Provide CACFP benefits to children (infant through twelve years of age) without regard to race, color, sex, handicap or national origin
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    Claims: Submit monthly claim by the 3rd of the following month

While Nutrition Works Offers the Following

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    Monthly Reimbursement: Payment for up to 2 meals and 1 snack or 2 snacks and 1 meal for each enrolled child each day (paid by direct deposit or mailed check on 3rd Friday of the month)
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    Resources: Monthly newsletters, online resource center, and annual training to keep you updated on the program, nutrition issues, recipes, and other best practices
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    Reviews: An assigned staff member will visit your site to observe snack or mealtime at least 3 times a year and provide technical assistance as needed.

Ready to Join?

Getting Started on the Food Program

Complete an application by calling us or beginning the process online.
Enroll children in our online record keeping system.
Participate in a pre-approval site visit with your Food Program Reviewer.
Complete an orientation with your Reviewer.
Your Reviewer approves your official start date and you begin claiming!

Join hundreds of Idaho Child Care Providers participating in the Food Program!
Call us at 208-336-5533 or start your application online today.

Have some additional questions? Check out our FAQ page.

*Your specific situation may result in a reimbursement amount that is significantly higher or lower depending on the number of children served each day and your eligibility for Tier I or Tier II reimbursement. We determine the Tier for which you qualify based on census, school, or income data.

Reimbursement Rates for Child Care Homes
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

(Rates for Tier 1 and Tier 2 homes will be at the same rate during this period)

MealTier ITier II
Lunch / Supper$3.12$1.88