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March 10-16 is National Child and Adult Care Food Program Week

March 10-16 is national Child and Adult Care Food Program Week. Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services is proud to be a part of the USDA program that helps provide high-quality food and snacks in licensed Fairfax County in-home child care programs.March 10-15 is CACFP week for child acre providers

CACFP Week is a national educational and information campaign by the CACFP Sponsors Association. It raises awareness of how the CACFP works to combat hunger and bring healthy foods to child care settings.

Under the program, the hundreds of family day care providers in Fairfax County receive reimbursements for meals and snacks served to children in care; receive training on nutrition, menu planned and shopping, budgeting, food safety, and children’s nutrition activities; and regularly consult with registered dietitians employed by the county.

Providers must submit menus in order to be reimbursed, and therefore serve more fruit, vegetables and milk than non-CACFP providers.

The CACFP gives funds to child and adult care providers to serve nutritious meals and snacks to those in their care. More than 138,000 child and adult care providers work with the CACFP, serving nutritious meals and snacks to over 4.5 million children and adults every day. These CACFP provided meals contribute to the healthy growth and development of young children and wellness of adults throughout the United States. In Virginia, about 95,000 children and adults are served annually by the CACFP.

To mark CACFP Week, Fairfax County will be distributing kid-friendly nutrition information and activities to families. The county is also encouraging family child care providers and centers to participate in activities that promote community awareness of the CACFP and its importance to sound nutrition.

According to the CACFP, children and adults that are cared for by providers in the CACFP benefit from the nutritious meals that follow the CACFP meal pattern. This helps the community by establishing positive eating habits, reducing food insecurity, and ensuring proper nutrition for growth and learning.  

Please visit NCS’ CACFP page for more information.


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