CHILD & ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM

CHILD & ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM

Promoting nutrition and positive eating habits for children in regulated childcare facilities.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program that is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In the state of Iowa, this program is administered by the Department of Education, Bureau of Food and Nutrition.


IN-HOME CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

The Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides meal reimbursement and nutrition education to registered childcare providers. Providers submit monthly menus to assure that meals and snacks follow standard nutrition guidelines and reimbursement to the provider is based on the number of children and meals along with the type of meals served. CACFP recognizes childcare providers as professionals, running a small business. There are opportunities to talk to other child care providers to share information, ideas, concerns and solve common problems. Children also receive education about nutrition and have the opportunity to participate in food-oriented activities. The CACFP program at NEICAC serves those childcare homes in Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, Mitchell & Winneshiek counties.

NEICAC's CACFP works with approximately 53 childcare providers and 640 children per month.

CHILDCARE PROVIDER REQUIREMENTS


Registered or CCA certified Family or Group Day Care home with the Department of Human Services

Serve approved meals according to USDA guidelines

Breakfast - milk, fruits or vegetables and grains

Lunch & Dinner - milk, grains, meat or meat alternative, 1 vegetable plus 1 additional serving of fruit or vegetables

Snacks - Include 2 of the 5 components: milk, fruits, vegetables, grains,or meat/meat alternative

Daily attendance record/menu planning/meal count form, infant feeding forms and current enrollments. After the initial paperwork is completed, typically, only the daily attendance/menu form is required


HEAD START CLASSROOMS

The Child & Adult Care Food Program also ensures children in the NEICAC Head Start Program receive healthy meals and snacks and provides supplemental funding to the program. Meal plans are designed for each pre-school classroom and teachers are trained in nutrition and healthy eating. The students participate in activities that will assist them in developing important healthy eating habits.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US AT:

CHERYL MARTINS - CACFP Coordinator

563-382-8436 Ext 142

DENISE BARTON FRANZEN - CACFP Assistant

563-382-8436 Ext 149

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Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) is a 501(c)3 private non-profit operating in NE Iowa. Charitable donations from individuals, businesses, school⁄church groups, made to NEICAC are always needed and may have a tax benefit to the donor.Individuals and families in your community struggle every day to provide basic needs such as food, shelter and utilities. Your contribution to NEICAC can make the difference to provide a hand-up to self-sufficiency.

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