Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

Contact for News Media:
Angela Morlu, Communications Specialist II
Department of Family Services
703-324-7528, TTY 703-222-9452

March 1, 2013

March 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month. To celebrate this year, the Office for Children is shining the spotlight on the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program which serves nutritious meals and snacks to many children from families with low income, who attend eligible child care programs.

The Office for Children sponsors CACFP for children in child care programs in Fairfax County. CACFP is a federally funded and regulated Food and Nutrition Service program under the Virginia Department of Health. It follows nutrition guidelines similar to the National School Lunch Program. Under the program, child care providers and centers:

  • Receive reimbursements for meals and snacks served to children in care.
  • Receive training and consultation from registered dieticians on nutrition, menu planning and shopping, budgeting, food safety and children's nutrition activities.
  • Receive help in communicating with parents about food-related issues.

Eating is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition. Registered dieticians make recommendations that accommodate the food preferences, cultural traditions and customs of the many and diverse groups who live in Fairfax County and participate in this program. This is what it means to "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” the National Nutrition Month theme.

This March local family child care providers participating in the food program are invited to attend OFC Food and Nutrition Fairs to help them learn how to offer healthy meals and snacks, and fun ways to increase children’s physical activity. Providers receive two hours of training credit if they attend these sessions, scheduled from 7 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Pennino Building, and Tuesday, March 19, at the South County Center.

Providers who are interested in joining the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program can attend an orientation. The next orientation is scheduled for March 5 from 7 - 9 p.m. at South County Center, Room 221C, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.

For more information about the food program or to learn how to register for these programs, call 703-324-8100.



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