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Celebrate National Child and Adult Care Food Program Week

March 8, 2018

LANSING – The week of March 11-17 is National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Week, and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) asks that providers, educators, and students statewide join in celebrating the importance of healthy meals for children and adults in need.

“National Child and Adult Care Food Program Week presents an excellent opportunity to emphasize research that showing proper nutrition in children contributes to their physical growth, and their intellectual and emotional development,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said.

Each year, more than 5,000 family and group day care homes and 575 independent centers and sponsors of centers participate in the CACFP in Michigan. These facilities serve more than 9.7 million breakfasts, 11.4 million lunches, 16 million snacks, and 5.5 million suppers per year to children and adults in day-care centers, afterschool at-risk programs, and family day-care homes.

CACFP provides federal funds to non-residential child and adult care facilities to serve nutritious meals and snacks. CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care by making it affordable for many families. The program’s goal is to improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of participants in care while promoting the development of good-eating habits.

Eligible facilities include:

  • Licensed child care centers
  • Head Start Programs
  • Great Start to Readiness Programs
  • Public and Non-Public Schools
  • After-school care programs
  • Emergency shelters providing residential and food services to homeless children
  • Family child care homes, including relative-care providers
  • Some private, for-profit child care centers
  • Adult day service programs

For more information about CACFP in Michigan, visit the Child and Adult Care Food Program.