Child and Adult Care Food Program

Program Description

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides a food reimbursement for money spent on food to Day Care Providers of children and disabled adults cared for in the provider’s home. CACFP is also available for Child and Adult Care Centers.

Funding Source
Federal Program managed by the State contracted by CAASNM.

Eligibility Requirements

1) Must be at least 18 years of age or older
2) Must reside in New Mexico
3) Must reside in the home being registered (Registered/License approval types only)
4) Must have at least one non-resident child (not living with provider) enrolled (registered providers only)

Disabled Individuals eligibility requirements
1) Disabled adults include children 13 years of age and older, individual must submit a doctor’s letter indicating the following
• Letter must show the physical and medical impairment substantially limits one or more major life activities. “ Major life activities” means functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working
• Disabled persons 13yrs to 18yrs are still considered children when it comes to enrolling adults. There must be more children enrolled than adults. Example 2 children/1 adult, 3 children/2 adults.

Income eligibility guidelines for reduced price meals apply to households and are updated on an annual basis.

Areas Served:

        • Doña Ana County

        • Hidalgo County

        • Otero County

        • Sierra County

        • Grant County

        • Catron County

        • Lincoln County

Annie is a participant in CAASNM’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) from Truth or Consequences.  She is a grandmother helping raise grandchildren and she also cares for her sick mother. Annie is very thankful for this program because it allows her to care for her mom and grandchildren. She has three grandchildren who live with her and she takes care of four grandchildren that don’t. The program reimburses her for nutritious food for all seven children in addition to her disabled mom.

Annie is a very special lady and has gone through a lot. She has been doing childcare for a long time. She cared for her sick father and then her husband before they passed away and now she is caring for her mom. She took a part time job at night with Walmart in-order to buy Christmas presents for of all her grandchildren, her brother and 18 year old grandson who stays to look after the children and Annie’s mom while she is working. She is a true success because she perseveres with all of her hardships, but with a little help from CAASNM.

Annie’s Story, Nutritious food for the family

A single mother of 3-year-old twins became a client of Thriving Families in 2019, referred by her physician. She was triaged to several community programs, including Aprendamos Early Intervention and HeadStart. She participated in an IDA program at CAASNM to save for education and which also improved her credit score. Her family became COVID-affected and was provided emergency assistance for utilities when she fell behind. Thriving Families continued its whole family approach to assist Bernice manage her family and also achieve her educational goals; she graduated with a degree in physiology from NMSU and will continue to her Master’s Degree.

Bernice’s Story