University of Massachusetts Amherst

It's MORE Than A Meal

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Through the Massachusetts Department of Education, USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides nutritious meals and snacks to nearly 5,500 adults who receive care in over 100 nonresidential adult day care centers.

CACFP is authorized at section 17 of the National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766). Program regulations are issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under 7 CFR part 226. (

Public or private nonprofit adult day care facilities which provide structured, comprehensive services to nonresidential adults who are functionally impaired, or aged 60 and older, may participate in CACFP as independent or sponsored centers. For-profit centers may be eligible for CACFP if at least 25 percent of their participants receive benefits under title XIX or title XX. Meals served to adults receiving care are reimbursed at rates based upon a participant’s eligibility for free, reduced price, or paid meals.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Marie McDonald or
Mary Anne Gilbert
Nutrition, Health and Safety
Massachusetts Department of Education
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148-5023

phone: 781-338-6499
fax: 781-338-3399


Developed for the Massachusetts Department of Education Child and Adult Care Food Program by the University of Massachusetts Extension Nutrition Education Program. Permission is hereby granted by the Massachusetts Department of Education to copy any or all parts of this document for non-commercial educational purposes. The Massachusetts Department of Education, an Affirmative Action employer, is committed to ensuring that all of its programs and facilities are accessible to all members of the public. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.