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Welcome to Mid Michigan Child Care Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides nutrition training and financial reimbursement for approved meals and snacks served in licensed child care homes, approved relative care homes and approved licensed day care centers. It is an extension of the National School Lunch Program and is administered in Michigan by the Department of Education and funded by the USDA. Mid Michigan Child Care Food Program (MMCCFP) is a "sponsor" of the CACFP and has a contract from the state to provide services and reimbursements directly to participating child care homes. 

 

 The primary objective of the CACFP is to ensure that children 12 years of age and younger enrolled in child care homes and centers receive well-balanced, nutritious meals. The program helps child care providers meet this goal through nutrition education, program training and financial reimbursement.

 

The CACFP 
· Promotes good nutrition during the years when children are developing eating habits that can continue into adulthood.
· Educates children to make nutritious food choices and helps them develop a positive attitude towards food.
· Assists providers with planning balanced meals/snacks and dealing with issues that can arise when feeding children.
· Provides financial assistance to child care providers to help them run a quality business.
· Reassures parents that their children will receive high quality, nutritious meals while in care.

 
How Does The Food Program Work?

Participation in the food program is free. Your child care home or center must be licensed by the State of Michigan Department of Human Services or you must be an approved relative care provider to sign an agreement with a sponsoring organization like Mid Michigan Child Care Program.

Once you're signed up with us, you'll plan and serve meals and snacks that meet the USDA requirements to the children enrolled in your child care home. The best part is that the guidelines are much like the meals you are already serving, so it's not difficult to follow at all. Keeping daily records of the meals is also simple - it only takes about three minutes a day to write down the meal/snack components and attendance. At the end of the month, you'll send the menus and attendance forms (referred to as a "claim") to Mid Michigan Child Care Food Program; reimbursement checks for menus that met USDA guidelines are sent near the end of the month when Mid Michigan Child Care Food Program receives funds from Michigan Department of Education.

Child care providers may be reimbursed for a maximum of either two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal for each child per day.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

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