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CACFP Application Process


How to Apply

Start the CACFP application process by completing the D.C. CACFP Pre-application Questionnaire before registering to complete an application through Orchard. Orchard is OSSE’s web-based solution that supports online submission of federal Child Nutrition Program applications.

New Applicants

Submission Deadline: 30 calendar days after Orchard access is granted.
Final Determination: 90 days from the date, Orchard access is granted

CACFP specialists will review submissions and provide applicants technical assistance throughout the application process. If applicants are unable to finalize the application within 90 days, the CACFP State Agency will not be able to continue with that application cycle.  

CACFP Handbook(s): USDA CACFP Handbooks

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