The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal nutrition program that works to combat hunger and bring healthy foods to children in family child care homes and centers.
March 13-19th is National CACFP week sponsored by the National CACFP Sponsors Association. It’s a time when providers and parents can celebrate this valuable program.
The Food Program reimburses family child care providers for serving nutritious food. In doing so it offers a major source of financial assistance to providers.
All family child care providers are financially better off by participating on the Food Program.
I still hear some providers and tax preparers say that it’s not worth it to be on the Food Program. Wrong! I’ve addressed objections to the Food Program in a number of articles:
I’ve also written a number of handouts for Food Program sponsors they can use to help providers understand the financial benefit of the Food Program.
In 2013 I successfully lobbied the IRS to adopt the standard meal allowance rule that allows providers to claim food expenses without needing any food receipts.
To join the Food Program, contact a local Food Program sponsor in your area here.
The Food Program is great for children, parents and providers. Join and stay on the CACFP. Let’s work to make it stronger!
Tom Copeland – www.tomcopelandblog.com