The Kentucky Department of Education offers various school and community nutrition services throughout the state. Schools, early childhood programs, or child care centers may offer nutrition programs to assist in providing healthy meals for children. Programs and services include:

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

  • Provides meal reimbursement to child care centers, head starts, adult day care centers, emergency shelters, afterschool programs, and family daycare homes for serving nutritious meals and encouraging healthy eating habits. 

School Meals Programs

  • The school meals programs offer the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Seamless Summer Program, and the Special Milk Program. Each program reimburses public schools, private non-profit schools, after school programs, and residential child care institutions for providing healthy meals and snacks to children. 

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

  • The program ensures that low-income children receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. 

For more information on the programs or to apply contact the Kentucky Department of Education:

By phone: (502) 562-5625



500 Mero Street

23rd Floor CPT

Frankfort, KY 40601

Fax: (502) 564- 5519

Refer to the resources page for additional information on local food assistance programs.