Eligibility Requirements

Adult day care organization must meet the following criteria to participate in the CACFP:

  • Provide non-residential care for adults age 60 years or older or functionally impaired adults under age 60
  • Be a public; private non-profit; or eligible for-profit center (25% of the enrolled eligible adults receive Medicaid)
  • Be approved for an Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) Purchase of Service Agreement (POS); have an inspection from the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA); have Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation; or have certification from the Area Agency on Aging


  • Subsidies are paid based on the meals served and income levels of participants
  • Current income applications must be on file to claim meals at the higher rates of reimbursement
  • Visit the Nutrition Funding webpage and select CACFP for reimbursement rates
  • Meals served must meet CACFP meal pattern requirements
  • Centers may be approved to claim up to two meals and one snack or one meal and two snacks per adult per day
  • Meals served to supervising adults, volunteers and visitors are not eligible for reimbursement

Application Procedures

How do I apply for the program in Iowa?

  • Contact Cheryl Tolley at cheryl.tolley@iowa.gov or 515-681-2304
  • Request and complete a preliminary application packet
  • Complete Iowa CACFP Steps to Success training modules that apply to adult care centers
  • Receive a pre-approval visit
  • Complete an online application