The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

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Childcare Feeding Programs

The Child and Adult Care Food Program, CACFP, plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families. Through CACFP, 2.9 million children and 86,000 adults in the United States receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of their day care. Because research has shown that nutrition in the first years of life has a profound effect on behavioral and cognitive development, this program plays a crucial role in improving the health and development of American children.

Learn more about CACFP, Child Care Feeding Programs Support Young Children's Healthy Development, which discusses how toddlers in subsidized child care whose meals are supplied by their child care provider are more likely to be in good health than similar toddlers whose meals must be supplied from home.


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