2017 - 2018 Meal Reimbursement Rates

All rates shown are effective until June 30th, 2018 and are subject to change on July 1st, 2018

Child Care Home Rates
  Breakfast Lunch & Supper Snacks
Tier 1 $1.31 $2.46  $0.73
Tier 2 $0.48 $1.48  $0.20
 Child Care Center Rates   
   Breakfast Lunch & Supper  Snacks 
 Free  $1.75  $3.4625  $0.88
 Reduced  $1.45  $3.0625  $0.44
 Paid  $0.30  $0.5425  $0.08

Featured Childcare links

To help keep our providers well informed, we routinely search the web for sites that may be of value to our sponsored providers. Please click the link below for our latest discovery!


Tennessee Child Care Resource & Referral Network Best Practices Videos For Child Care providers



Dates To Remember

  • August 3rd, 2017:  Deadline for providers to submit their July claims for reimbursement
  • September 3rd, 2017: Deadline for providers to submit their August claim for reimbursement.
  • October 1st, 2017: New Meal Pattern Requirements go into effect
  • October 3rd, 2017: Deadline for providers to submit their September claim for reimbursement.
  • November 3rd, 2017: Deadline for providers to submit their October claim for reimbursement
  • November 23rd, 2017: Thanksgiving Holiday observed; all Karamu offices closed
  • December 3rd, 2017: Deadline for providers to submit their November claim for reimbursement
  • December 25th, 2017; Christmas Holiday observed, all Karamu offices closed.
  • January 1st, 2018; New Year's Holiday observed, all Karamu offices closed.

Small Business Owner Assistance

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center provides expert assistance to help small businesses like yours in expansion and growth. Whether you are starting a new childcare or want to expand your existing business, the specialists at the TSBDC are an excellent resource. For more information on available training opportunities please Click Here.

Regulation Updates

Featured below are links to memos on some of the latest CACFP regulations. Please check back here often for updates as new rules and regulations are posted. Please note that we only feature key changes in this column. For a complete list of all recently released CACFP policies you should visit the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website.

 Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk and Fluid Milk Substitutions in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

 Water Availability in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

 Health and Safety In The CACFP

Sign Up Today For Online Claiming

If you are a Karamu childcare provider and you are not participating in our free online claiming offered by Minute Menu, we encourage you to sign up today. This free service allows you the convenience of maintaining and submitting your CACFP claim online each month. In addition, using the popular MinuteMenu application, you'll be able to:

  • Record meals
  • Enroll children
  • Note school holidays, child sick days, etc.
  • Pre-plan your own menus
  • Print tax reports
  • Find out how much your reimbursement is
  • Reduce claim errors


All this can be done right from your computer or laptop; some features can even be used on your notebook and smartphone. This service is provided absolutely free to you as a Karamu sponsored childcare provider! To sign up, please call our office at 901.327.8401 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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