National Child and Adult Care Food Program Week March 15-21, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Posted by: Sandra York
LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) hopes this week’s national food program celebration raises awareness of the key role proper nutrition plays in the academic progress of kids and young adults.
Each year, as part of CACFP, more than 5,000 family and group day-care homes and 550 independent centers and center sponsors are approved to participate in the CACFP. These institutions serve more than 9 million breakfasts, 11 million lunches, 15.5 million snacks, and 7 million dinners a year to children and adults in day-care centers, afterschool at-risk programs, and family day-care homes.
“National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Week is an excellent opportunity to emphasize research showing that proper nutrition not only contributes to the physical growth of kids, teens and young adults, but also their intellectual and emotional development,” State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said. “Through the CACFP, good nutrition pays.”
The MDE joins other education groups, public and private, in observing CACFP Week, #CACFP, from March 15-21, 2015.
CACFP provides federal funds to non-residential child-care facilities to serve nutritious meals and snacks. It plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care by making it affordable for many families requiring child care.
CACFP’s goal is to improve and maintain the health and nutrition of children in-care, while promoting good eating habits.
Eligible child care facilities include:
- Licensed child care centers
- Head Start Programs
- After-school care programs
- Emergency shelters providing residential and food services to homeless children
- Family child care homes, including relative care providers
- Some private, for-profit child care centers
- Adult Day Service programs