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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) (Average # of lunches served daily by child care providers through CACFP) in Texas

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Average number of lunch meals served per day through child care providers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Data Source

Texas Department of Agriculture


Child care centers and day care homes are both types of child care providers regulated through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Day care homes are child care providers operated out of private homes and typically serve a smaller number of children.

Child care providers can be reimbursed by the Texas Department of Agriculture for serving snacks, breakfast meals, and lunch meals to children in their care. Though child care providers can serve snacks, breakfast, and lunch, lunches typically have the highest participation. The data above are only for lunches, and the average number of lunch meals served daily is reported as a proxy estimate for the number of children fed through CACFP.

Texas Department of Agriculture found an issue affecting reliability of 2022-2023 school year data, so it has been excluded from annual report.  

Last Updated

June 2024