As a participant in the USDA Child & Adult Care Food Program, you can help young children get the meals they need to grow healthy and strong, fight against childhood obesity and early health problems.
How does the Program Work?
The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federal program supported by your tax dollars. The Program was created by Congress in 1968 in response to the need to provide good nutrition to the children of working parents. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.
The Program helps family day care providers, day care centers, and afterschool meal programs improve the health and eating habits of the millions of pre-school and school age children in our country by offering free nutrition training and financial assistance. As an incentive, providers receive a monthly reimbursement check for the meals and snacks served that meet basic nutritional requirements.
Who is Eligible for Day Home Reimbursements?
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All registered family and group day care homes that care for at least one non-residential child are eligible to participate in the Program and can claim meals served to the children in care.
All providers who are eligible for Program reimbursement will receive one of two types of payment, Tier I, the higher meal rates, and Tier II, the lower meal rate. To qualify for Tier I meal rates, you must 1) live in a low-income area as defined by USDA or 2) qualify on the basis of your household income. Tier I providers may claim their own residential children’s meals if their families meet these guidelines.
New Income Eligibility Guidelines
Effective July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016
How many Meals can I Claim?
Providers can be paid for a maximum of two main meals (breakfast, lunch, or supper) and one snack or one meal and two snacks per child per day. Meals served after school or on weekends can also be claimed. Infant meals can be claimed for infants from birth until one year of age.
How do I get receive reimbursed and how much?
As a participant in the Program, you are responsible for keeping records of the types of foods you serve.
You are probably already serving meals that contain the designated food types for children of each age. Meal patterns and amounts are listed in detail in the handbook we provide for each of our participants.
What we ask of you:
1. Record your meal counts daily.
2. Record the menus and the changes in your enrollment.
3. Serve the meals on time.
4. Mail those records to us at the end of each month.
You should expect your reimbursement within 3-4 weeks of receipt of your Program records in our office.
Reimbursement Rates for Day Homes
Child and Adult Care Food Program Reimbursement Rates
Effective July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017
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We offer free nutrition training to all providers providers (please see FFK Training Academy tab for more details). Go to the Newsletter/Workshop Link for specific updated information on times, dates and locations. Providers are required to have a minimum of one training hour annually. New providers must attend training before starting the program.
We offer the following Nutrition workshops for our providers providers (below are samples of some the workshops we offer):
- Off to a Good Start
- Selecting Creditable Foods
- Sanitation and Health
- Feeding Infants
- Planning Low Cost Menus
- Tickle Your Appetite
- Child Care Connection
- Menu Planning
- Serving More Fresh Fruits & Vegetable
- Cooking with Children
- Creditable, Cost Effective Snacks
Food for Kids, Inc. does not discriminate
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Food and Nutrition Services
Office of Civil Rights
Dallas, Texas 75242