The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) brings healthy meals to tables across the country for children in child care centers, homes and afterschool programs. Community Action is a CACFP sponsor serving 90 providers and nearly 1,100 children in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.
In addition to receiving reimbursement for serving healthy meals, providers receive nutrition training. One of the ways we’re building relationships with our providers and encouraging healthy eating habits is by offering in-home activities to CACFP participants. Activities include preparing a wholesome snack that gets children involved. Lindsay Tiller, a licensed child care provider, has participated in several activities. Lindsay says “The CACFP in-home activities are terrific ways to incorporate nutrition education with young children, helping children learn healthy eating habits in a fun way”.
Mary Sheldon, a family registered child care provider, requests specific activities for her themed educational weeks, including “Nutrition Week” and “Snowman Week”. Mary appreciates CACFP staff stating, “Now when she comes, the kids instantly get excited and ask what we are going to make.”
Click here to learn more about CACFP at Community Action.