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.


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. Fax: 202-690-7442
  3. Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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