We are increasing the number of children who are served nutritious meals in child care by helping more Vermont child care providers access the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Our program connects child care centers and home-based child care with nutrition education and reimbursements for the meals and snacks they serve to young children in their care.
THE ISSUE While studies prove that good nutrition is imperative for young children's developing brains, Children in nearly 500 non-participating child care centers are denied the benefits of CACFP, and federal dollars that could be used to nourish hungry children are left untapped.
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OUR SOLUTIONS We work to improve access to this vital reimbursement program and provide logistical assistance to centers to help them offer nutritious meals. Another important part of our outreach work is to provide trainings to child care staff on nutrition education, menu planning, and best practices such as serving meals family-style.
We began our Early Childhood Nutrition Outreach in 2003 when only 18% of providers offered meals through CACFP. Today 27% of providers offer nutritious meals, bringing in $3.9 million to Vermont, serving over 1.6 million meals and snacks, and reaching over 3,700 children.
OUR GOAL Our Early Childhood Nutrition Outreach program will continue to bridge this significant gap in services and promote CACFP to all child care providers as an effective tool for addressing hunger and malnutrition in young children.
Is your child care center located in Burlington or Winooski? Do you not have the facilities or capacity to serve meals in your child care center? The FRESH Food program of Vermont Works for Women can help by providing catered meals to your center. Find out more information on the Vermont Works for Women site and by clicking FRESH Food!
For more information contact Jenna Whitson, Child Nutrition Advocate at
Our Mission is to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. If you are seeking food assistance, click here.