The Child & Adult Care Food Program or CACFP is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, generally through your local state Department of Education. The CACFP reimburses child care providers for serving nu- tritious meals to children in their care through age 12. Providers may only participate on the program under the sponsorship of a local CACFP administering agency or “sponsor.”
Does it make sense for me to join the CACFP?
The program means better nutrition for healthy bodies and growing minds. By reimbursing food costs, the program lets you buy higher-quality food while charging competitive rates. Program meals meet nutritional standards boosting dietary iron and foods high in vitamins A and C, and help set healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. A recent national child care study reports that participa- tion in the CACFP is a primary indicator of top quality child care - with over 87% of the highest-rated family child care homes in that study participating in the food program.
When you join the program, you gain access to a full range of nutrition education services. Nutrition information, training and support - all these can help keep food costs down and assure higher qual- ity meals. Nutrition education will also benefit your own family.
The two-tier reimbursement system assures you of significant benefits at the bottom line. Whether you are tier I or II, you always benefit from joining the Child & Adult Care Food Program.
Both lower and higher-income child care providers can boost their cash flow by participating.
Four Reasons Why it Pays to Join the CACFP
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