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Child Care Center Meals

2019 Results

3,685,606 new meals and $8,676,125 in federal revenue reimbursements.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults who are enrolled for care at participating child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers.

Participating centers also receive federal reimbursement revenues based on the number of meals served.

Minnesota has nearly 1,000 sites where at least half of the children are eligible for meals. This translates to approximately 136,593 food-insecure kids.

In low-income communities

  • 696 centers are offering meals and could serve more
  • 415 centers have increased meal service
  • 119 new centers have started meal programs
  • 292 centers don’t serve meals


In 2019, we continued to see a decline in in-home daycare providers and an increase in the capacity for meals at existing and new child care centers. This shift is due, in part, to fewer parents placing children in family child care settings.

Foreseeing this trend, we focused our work on licensed child care centers to drive enrollment in the CACFP.

We supported four focus group sessions with Somali, Latino and African American families and providers to better understand administration obstacles and regulatory compliance issues.

Partnering with the Minnesota Department of Education, we are creating targeted marketing materials that address on-boarding of new centers and language barriers.

Our Approach

With our stakeholders, we are:

  • Developing strategies for raising program awareness of available enrollment process support.
  • Identifying and helping to pre-qualify sites through proprietary data analysis.
  • Developing and supporting sponsors through an evolving partner network of hub organizations.
  • Building success stories and awareness, as well as facilitating nutrition education, meal planning and service.

Our Goal

Provide 5.9 million more meals by increasing enrollment of licensed child care centers.

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