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The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides meals and snacks to children in child care centers, Head Start programs, family child care homes, homeless and domestic violence shelters, and after-school programs. Everyday, 2.6 million children and 74,000 adults participate. This program assists families who seek quality child care by providing excellent nutrition that is crucial for a child’s health, growth and development and a stream of income that helps to reduce caretaker turnover in family child care. This funding allows centers to supplement their own food spending and make available child care money that can be spent on quality of care and other services for the children.
Lutheran churches participate in the CACFP program in child care centers and pre-schools. After interviewing 18 different centers throughout the country, here are the results:
Of the 18 centers interviewed, the number of children served ranged from 17 – 140. Many of the child care centers were early childhood centers or preschools. Church buildings served as the sites for the majority of these child care centers. Most centers were able to provide a breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Some were able to serve a morning snack too. 11 sites served low-income children, with a few having a high percentage of children in low-income families.
For more information please contract Kay Bengston, Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, (202) 626-7943. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org