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Area children benefit from federal food program


Licensed and certified legally exempt family child care providers may be eligible for a federal food program to help offset food costs, helping them to provide healthy meals and snacks to the hundreds of children who are in their care.

Coordinated locally by Early Childhood Alliance, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is designed to help ensure nutritious meals and snacks for children in child care. Under Early Childhood Alliance, approximately 1,800 infants, toddlers, preschoolers and nearly 500 school-age children in licensed and certified legally exempt child care homes benefit from CACFP.

 CACFP provides monthly cash reimbursements to child care providers for eligible children through age 12. The reimbursements enable child care providers to offset the cost of nutritious meals and snacks, and keep tuition costs affordable. Family child care providers in CACFP also receive in-home training as well as educational materials on balanced diets and menu planning. Nationwide more than one million children in family child care homes receive nutritious meals and snacks monitored through CACFP.

 Early Childhood Alliance is a state-approved sponsor of the federally funded program for LaGrange County and all of Northeast Indiana. Specific requirements must be met and maintained to participate.

For more information, call Kay Hiester at Early Childhood Alliance, (260) 745-2501 or 1-800-423-1498.