The Child and Adult Care Food Program is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary!
Last week, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) celebrated its 50th anniversary! As many organizations recognize this milestone, Nutritional Development Services (NDS) also would like to pause to thank the many wonderful sites and individuals with which we partner on CACFP for the incredible work that they perform to provide nutritious meals to the children in their care. To quote the Food Research and Action Center, “CACFP provides funding for meals and snacks that meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutritional standards to children in child care centers, home day care, and Head Start programs; youth participating in afterschool programs; and children living in homeless and domestic violence shelters. The program also provides meals to older adults and adults with disabilities in participating facilities. CACFP contributes to children’s healthy growth and development, and encourages the development of good nutrition habits early in life. The program also plays an important role in improving the quality and sustainability of child care programs and making them more affordable for low-income parents.” NDS has been a sponsor of CACFP for more than 30 years and our office is privileged to now collaborate with 275 sites serving three million meals per year. God has truly Blessed our work! Thank you again to our many partners who work so closely with us to impact thousands of children on a daily basis and to keep our CACFP successful. We are very excited about the next chapter in the CACFP story!