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Emergency Shelter Component

What is the Emergency Shelter Component of the CACFP?

The CACFP can be an important resource to emergency shelters that provide residential and food services to children experiencing homelessness.

Emergency shelters receive the highest rates of payment for serving meals, which meet Federal nutritional guidelines, to eligible children.

Residents 18 and younger who receive their meals at an emergency shelter are automatically eligible for free meals. There are no application forms for families to fill out. All reimbursable meals are served in group settings, at no cost to the child or to the child’s family.

Emergency Shelter Component Information Sheet

Interested in joining the CACFP? Check out the CACFP New Agency Website

Does your agency have a new Authorized Representative and/or administrative staff that need CACFP training? If so, please contact your Assigned Consultant.

Important Links

Contract & Claims

Guidance Memorandums

Checklist of Required CACFP Documents for the Emergency Shelter Component


We know how hard it is to stay organized with all the requirements of the CACFP. When are forms due? How often do you have to update them? When should forms be completed? This checklist will help you keep track of all of the paperwork. You may want to print it out and hang it on a clipboard in your office or use it to add reminders to your calendar, and refer to it throughout the year to make sure you're on track.

CACFP Food Storage Chart

Safe Food Storage

Connections & Collaborations

Wisconsin Sponsor's Forum

Regulatory Information

USDA CACFP Policy Memos

USDA Regulation - Part 226-Child and Adult Care Food Program

Wisconsin DCF 251 - Licensing Rules for Group Child Care Centers

Child and Adult Care Food Program CACFP Handbooks

For questions about this information, contact Shiela Coulton (608) 267-9129