CACFP FAQs

Memo to Participating Providers

What is CACFP?

Child and Adult Care Food Program is the official name of the program that reimburses providers for the meals served to children in their care.  It is also commonly called the Child Care Food Program.

Why did 4Cs terminate their CACFP contract?

After 38 years of running the CACFP program, 4Cs of Alameda County terminated their CACFP contract with the California Department of Education Nutrition Services for a few reasons:

  1. The CACFP program has many rules and regulations and is very complex to administer.
  2. The revenue for being a sponsor does not adequately cover the cost needed to provide the level of service we deem necessary.

What does "CACFP Sponsor" mean?

A CACFP sponsor is an organization that administers the CACFP program. 4Cs of Alameda County is just one of the local CACFP sponsors.

Who do I contact to make sure I don't lose the meal reimbursement benefit?

4Cs of Alameda County will be processing your June and July menus and payments will still be distributed for these months as usual. In order to continue to receive CACFP benefits, you must call a CACFP sponsor from the list provided by the CDE that you should have received via mail in early July. We recommend calling a new sponsor as soon as possible to ensure a seamless transition.  

Will I be paid by 4Cs for July's meals?

July's meal reimbursements will be paid to you by 4Cs of Alameda County. Expect payment as usual in September.

What about 4Cs' other Child Health and Nutrition Programs, like CalFresh and trainings? 

4Cs will continue to offer CalFresh enrollment and recertifications as well as CPR, first aid, and health and safety trainings.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

4Cs of Alameda County staff are happy to answer any questions you may have. Our specialists are here to make the transition as easy as possible. Please give us a call on our Child Health and Nutrition Hotline at 510-584-3105 if you have any questions.