USDA Child Care Food Program

USDA Food Program: Serve Nutritious Meals and Earn Cash!

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The Office for Children sponsors the USDA Food Program for children in family child care homes. The Food Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and follows nutrition guidelines similar to the National School Lunch Program. Under the program, family child care providers:

  • Receive reimbursements for meals and snacks served to children in care.
  • Receive training on nutrition, menu planning and shopping, budgeting, food safety, and children's nutrition activities.
  • Consult with registered dietitians employed by the Office for Children.

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Program Requirements
To participate in the Food Program, you must:

  • Hold a current Fairfax County child care permit or state license.
  • Follow the USDA meal pattern.
  • Serve nutritious foods.
  • Submit menus and attendance records each month for reimbursement.
  • Record meal or snack at the time it is served (point of service).
  • Allow a minimum of three home visits per year.
  • Attend training at least once a year.

Submitting Your Claim

  • USDA forms are easy to follow and submit.
  • Get help from your child care specialist the first month you join the Food Program.

  • OR

  • Submit your claim online from any computer with Internet access.
  • The online system, Minute Menu Web HX, is easy to learn. We can help you to use Minute Menu Web HX.

Want to Enroll in the Food Program?

As soon as you have children in your care, call 703-324-8100 to register for a Food Program orientation or in-home Food Program training.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call 866-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax 202-690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (in Spanish). Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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