The USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care and making it more affordable for many low-income families.
CACFP reimburses participating providers for healthy meals and snacks served to children in day care, ensuring that young children have access to a nutritious diet and improved eating habits through nutrition education. Eligible day care home providers may claim up to two meals and one snack, daily, for each enrolled child age 12 and younger, migrant children age 15 and younger, and children with disabilities of any age.
The CACFP Benefits:
- PARENTS who save time and money by not having to supply food,
- CHILDREN who stay healthy and have better attendance at day care,
- PROVIDERS who can lower food expenses and still serve healthy, balanced meals, and
- COMMUNITIES who receive federal tax monies that are invested in the health of the community's children.