CHARLESTON - Providing healthy meals in day cares just got a little bit easier. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is offering cash reimbursements to West Virginia Day Care providers for meals served to children and USDA donated foods.
Children enrolled at childcare centers or other facilities participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program receive free meals. The reimbursement rate to providers relies on the number of children eligible for free or reduced price school meals. Participants may be reimbursed for up to three meal types including breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner.
Eligible childcare centers are licensed or approved public or private non-profit facilities. For-profit child care centers also are eligible if they receive compensation under Title XX of the Social Security Act for at least 25 percent of the children enrolled, or if at least 25 percent of the children they serve are eligible for free or reduced price school meals.
Public or private non-profit organizations, licensed eligible child care providers and or-profit child care centers are eligible if they receive compensation under Title XX of the Social Security Act for at least 25 percent of the children enrolled, or if at least 25 percent of the children they serve are eligible for free or reduced price school meals.
Family day care home providers that are licensed or registered may participate in the program under the auspices of an approved family day care sponsoring organization.
Currently, there are 10 approved sponsors throughout West Virginia. In addition, homeless shelters providing services for families and after-school programs located in low-income areas can participate. Program sponsors provide meals at no extra charge to all enrolled participants or participating facilities.
The following care centers and institutions may participate in the CACFP:
• Nonresidential licensed public or private nonprofit child-care centers or family day-care homes.
• For-profit child-care institutions in which at least 25 percent of children served are low income based on the center’s licensed capacity or enrolled capacity, whichever is less.
• Child-care centers that serve at-risk children.
• Eligible area nonprofit emergency shelters that provide temporary residential facilities to children.
• Qualifying public or nonprofit adult centers, or for-profit adult centers that receive compensation under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for at least 25 percent of their enrolled adults.
For more information about CACFP, you can visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/child-nutrition/ or call the West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition at 304-558-2708.