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CACFP Making a Difference for Gladbrook’s Children

June 27, 2014
Northern-Sun Print
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is making a big difference for children’s health and nutrition in Gladbrook, helping Crayon Corner Learning Center serve nutritious and healthy meals to more than 50 children in its care. CACFP, a federal nutrition program, promotes high?quality affordable child care by helping care providers to serve nutritious meals and snacks. It provides reimbursement for food, meal preparation, training, and administrative costs. Through CACFP, more than three million children each working day receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive. “CACFP benefits the children in our care and helps us provide the nutrition that children need to grow,” said Crayon Corner Learning Center. Studies show that children in CACFP receive meals that are nutritionally superior to those served to children in child care settings without CACFP. Children in participating institutions have higher intakes of key nutrients, fewer servings of fats and sweets, than children in non?participating care. Research cites participation in CACFP as one of the major factors influencing quality care – 87 percent of the family child care homes considered to be providing quality child care participates in CACFP. CACFP also makes child care and afterschool programs more affordable for low?income parents, who rely on these programs to provide a safe and healthy place for their children. 87 percent of the family child care homes considered to provide good quality care participate in CACFP. The Healthy, Hunger?Free Kids Act of 2010 (the federal child nutrition reauthorization law) contains some additional improvements to the program by making it easier for parents and providers to participate in the program, and by expanding even further CACFP’s promotion of good nutrition and wellness. “If your center isn’t participating in CACFP, I encourage you to look into this wonderful program. It is a great thing for children, and it helps us provide healthier food for children,” said Crayon Corner Learning Center.


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