4Cs Nutrition Programs

Because we believe that proper nutrition is one key to healthy brain development, 4Cs implements 2 nutrition-based programs. We are the local sponsor of the Child Care Food Program in Johnson, Clinton, and Cedar Counties. The goal of this program is to reimburse childcare providers for giving children in their care balanced, nutritious meals. We also distribute food through our Weekend Backpack Program which provides food to families of children in the 0-5 age range. The intention is to expose families to new foods and healthy, but easy-to-access, snacks. This program is also designed to eliminate the weekend stress of food–finding it, accessing it, cooking it, and/or purchasing it.

CACFP and DHS approved 4-hour online training:

The Three Most Common Objections to the Food Program

Child & Adult Care Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program federal funds provide an economic stimulus from the federal government as the money flows directly into the economy to buy food and pay for food service labor.

CACFP is a key source of financial support for child care in family child care homes. Last year, over three quarters of a billion dollars in food program funds were expended in states to serve an average of nearly a million children in family child care homes each working day. The funding comes without any state match requirement and with separate federally funded state administrative funds. On the small business level, the food program can provide up to $4,500 a year for a family child care home serving six children.

A Hidden Asset

Unfortunately, many child care providers do not know about the CACFP. Nationally, only about half of the eligible child care homes participate. There is an enormous potential for increasing the use of this resource. For each additional 1,200 children participating in the program, up to one million dollars in reimbursements will be injected into the state economy.

For more information contact Traci Miller, the 4Cs Food Program coordinator at 319-338-7684 ext 109. For information about the Food Program in other parts of Iowa call Suzanne Secor-Parker at 1-515-281-3744.

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