Child and Adult Care Food Program Promotes Healthy Nutrition  

OSWEGO COUNTY – Integrated Community Planning of Oswego County (ICPOC) joins other sponsor organizations across the country to recognize National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Week Sunday, March 10 through Saturday, March 16. The recognition highlights the invaluable work of child and adult care providers in promoting healthy eating.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers nutrition information and partial financial reimbursement to participating day care providers and after-school care programs for serving healthy meals and snacks to children and adults in their care. It also supports children living in emergency shelters and adults aged 60 and over who are living with a disability and are enrolled in a participating day care facility.

The federal program helps contribute to the growth, development and overall wellness of young children and adults. This, in turn, benefits communities by keeping children healthy, supporting local care providers and strengthening working families.

Children in participating care centers benefit by receiving healthier meals and snacks which help them establish positive eating habits they can continue throughout their life. In addition to promoting early nutrition education, CACFP also plays a vital role in reducing food insecurity.

CACFP also enhances the quality of child care by offering care providers both nutrition education and financial support through sponsoring organizations. This helps them serve more nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables and milk to those in their care.

Working parents are assured that their children receive the nutrient-rich meals and snacks they need to be healthy through CACFP. With proper nutrition, their children are less likely to experience illness and fatigue and will develop at a normal physical and intellectual pace.

Across the country, CACFP provides over 1.8 billion meals and snacks every day to more than 4.7 million children in child care centers, family day care homes and after-school programs, and more than 114,000 adults in adult day care facilities.

Together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state agencies, 800 sponsoring organizations work with 138,000 child care centers and family care homes to provide high quality nutrition and education through CACFP.

ICPOC is a sponsoring organization of the National CACFP Association in Oswego County. Its staff works with local care providers to process applications and provide resources.

To get started or learn more information, contact Connor Genzel at 315-343-2344, ext. 112 or [email protected] or visit www.cacfp.org.

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