NUTRITION – CHILD & ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM (CACFP)
The Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project is a sponsoring agency for the NYS Department of Health Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP assists and trains child care providers to serve nutritious meals to children in their care and help children develop sound nutritional habits Providers are reimbursed for meals that meet nutritional and documentation standards. For more information about the CACFP, call 315.782.4900 ext 289.
BENEFITS OF THE CHILD & ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM
Benefits for the Child – The Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers lifetime benefits. Proper nutrition during the early years of childhood ensures appropriate development and reduces physical and educational problems later in life. Providers create an atmosphere that instills a positive, curious attitude about food from the earliest years.
Benefits for the Parents – Parents are assured that their children will be served high quality meals. The benefit is children are less likely to experience fatigue and illness, and less time a parent must be absent from work.
Benefits for the Family Child Care Provider – Providers receive valuable nutrition education that helps them know the proper foods to feed children and they receive financial support for their business.
Benefits for the Community – CACFP reimbursement pays for healthy food purchased locally.
NUTRITION – CACFP ONLINE RESOURCES
Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a nutrition education and meal reimbursement program helping providers serve nutritious and safely prepared meals and snacks to children and adults in daycare settings.
KidKare offers business management software for all aspects of the child care food program and for the home daycare and center daycare markets.
ChooseMyPlate is a source of information, tips, recipes and discussion about nutrition and developing healthy habits from the US Department of Agriculture.