USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program works to combat hunger by bringing nutritious and wholesome foods to tables for children in child care centers, homes and afterschool programs as well as adults in day care. More than 4.2 million children and 130,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day through CACFP. As an added benefit, these meals and snacks often reflect regional and local food preferences.
During National CACFP Week March 11-17, USDA joins the National CACFP Sponsors Association and other partners in thanking state agency staff, CACFP sponsoring organizations, child care centers, adult day care sites and family child care homes for their important work.
Over the past year, USDA has held listening sessions with states and CACFP operators and taken feedback to better support providers through job training, both through USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative and a partnership with the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN). The Institute has travelled the country providing 95 in-person CACFP Meal Pattern Trainings to nearly 4,000 CACFP operators.
Providers play an important role in helping parents and other caregivers by providing nutritious food for children and dependent adults during the workday. To further support program providers, the Team Nutrition initiative offers monthly CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays webinars in both English and Spanish. These interactive sessions have been widely attended, averaging more than 1,000 participants each month.
You can learn more about USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program and find more ways to celebrate CACFP during the week, through the Team Nutrition website.