Child Nutrition

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

CACFP is a Federal program that provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care. It plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low-income families. Application packets are provided upon enrollment in the program.

Over 3,000 meals and snacks per day are prepared at the Central Kitchen. Menus are distributed at each site. Meals are served at the centers, usually in the classroom.

We offer a comprehensive system of child nutrition services for low-income children and families. We believe that good nutrition should begin during early childhood when habits are being formed.

Our nutrition services include:

  1. Well balanced and nutritious meals that follow the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Program meal guidelines
  2. Nutrition screening and assessment
  3. Individual nutrition counseling by a Registered Dietitian for families with children at nutritional risk
  4. Nutrition education at parent meetings and through menus and newsletters
  5. A Nutrition curriculum which promotes physical activity and healthy eating habit

We also work with our community partners to support community-wide education aimed at reducing the rising problem of childhood obesity.

Using a grant from the California/Nevada Community Action Partnership, we developed and implemented a program that uses appropriate serving sizes in classroom meals and serves these meals using family style dining. This program increases the participation of children in healthy physical activities.