You can provide high quality snacks and meals to the children in your care and be reimbursed for your costs.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is part of the National School Lunch Act, administered through the US Department of Agriculture. CACFP guidelines ensure that food served to children in child care provides for optimum growth and development of children. Child care providers are reimbursed monthly for meals that meet the USDA standards.
CACFP is open to registered child care homes, licensed child care homes, and legally exempt child care providers.
Providers may claim up to two meals and one snack per child per day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are eligible for reimbursement.
Meals and snacks must meet USDA guidelines
Maintain daily counts of menus, attendance and meals. You can record this information on-line.
Menu information must be submitted by the 5th of each month
You must attend two hours of nutrition training a year.
Breakfast: Milk, one serving of fruit or vegetable, grain or bread
Lunch or Dinner: Milk, two servings of fruits and/or vegetables, meat or meat alternative, grain or bread
Snacks: choose two of the four meal components: milk, fruit or vegetable, meat or meat alternative, grain or bread
Breakfast: 1% milk, banana, whole wheat toast
Lunch or Dinner: 1% milk, carrots, apple, chicken, rice
Snack: cheese stick, fruit cup
Children 12 and under may participate. Infants, both those on formula and those who are breastfed, are eligible to participate.
Under certain guidelines, you may claim meals and snacks served to your own children when in child care. Windham Child Care Association staff will help determine if you are eligible to claim your own children
Menu information is submitted to the WCCA office by the 5th of each month. Once the information has been processed, reimbursement checks are mailed directly to you.
Your program will be visited three times a year to review your paperwork, answer your questions, bring nutrition education materials, recipes and other resources for you.
Contact Grace Esdon (802) 254-5332 ext 315