The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will be celebrating March 17-23, 2019 as National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Week.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service established the CACFP to promote the service of nutritious meals and snacks in child and adult care centers and family child care homes contributing to the wellness, healthy growth and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.
“The Child and Adult Care Food Program provides guidance on proper nutrition for our nation’s future generations,” said State Superintendent of Schools, Karen B. Salmon. “The meals offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that create positive eating habits that last a lifetime.”
The educational and financial resources available to eligible agencies through the CACFP can improve the overall quality of child and adult day care provided in Maryland. Households are assured that their children and older adults are receiving high quality meals and nutrition education that helps establish positive eating habits. In addition, agencies have opportunities to participate in training and grants to promote good nutrition and physical activity.
During National CACFP Week, MSDE acknowledges the many ways our community benefits from the CACFP. In 2018, more than 600 child and adult care centers in Maryland served more than ten million breakfasts and lunches to over 20,000 participants.
To learn more about the CACFP, visit the Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs website at www.eatsmartmaryland.org or call 410-767-0219.
The Maryland State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are equal opportunity employers and providers.