What is the
Child and Adult Care Food Program, or CACFP ?
The Alabama Council on Human Relations, Inc.
sponsors the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in Lee, Macon, Russell
and Bullock counties of Alabama. The program is funded by the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services and is part of
the National School Lunch Act.
CACFP prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color,
national origin, sex, or disability.
The primary goal of CACFP is to improve
the diets of children 12 years of age and under. Children from families of
migrant workers are eligible up to age 15. Certain disabled persons are
eligible to participate in the program regardless of age, if they are enrolled
in a state approved institution or facility for a portion of the day and the
majority of the children served are 18 years or younger.
Nutrition is an important part of good
health. Proper nutrition is an important part of a good child care program.
Children are encouraged to learn and enjoy a wide variety of foods while they
build strong bodies and minds.
Who can participate?
Any public or private facility licensed or approved to
provide non-residential day care services is eligible to participate and
claim reimbursement for meals. All of the meals that are
served must meet minimum standards established by USDA.
Can I feed my own children?
As a child care provider, you may claim your
own children only when: (1) they are enrolled in your childcare program and
participating in the child care program during the time of meal services; (2)
enrolled non-resident children are present and participating in the child care
program; and (3) your family meets the family-size income standard for free or
reduced-priced meals and eligibility application has been completed and
submitted to the sponsoring organization for approval.
How can my day care home participate?
If you have a child care home in Lee, Macon,
Russell, or Bullock County, and if you have a license through
the Alabama Department of Human Resources to operate a child care home or center, call
334-821-8336 and ask for the CACFP staff.
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