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Child Care Food Program Provides 153 Million Nutritious Meals to Florida Children

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Child Care Food Program Provides 153 Million Nutritious Meals to Florida Children

Contact:
Communications Office
NewsMedia@flhealth.gov
(850) 245-4111

Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health joins the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in promoting the Child Care Food Program, a federally funded USDA program that reimburses child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children. The program is administered by the department and ensures that participating facilities offer meals and snacks that meet or exceed federal and state nutrition standards. Meals are available to all eligible participants without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Research indicates that early childhood nutrition plays a fundamental role in the cognitive growth and development of a child.

“The Child Care Food Program promotes healthy habits for life, by encouraging young children to eat nutritious foods and learn about healthy food choices while in child care,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip. “Parents seeking child care in Florida are encouraged to enroll their children in facilities that participate in this program.” 

The program is offered at four types of child care-related settings:

  • Child Care Centers: In a non-pricing child care center, meals are available at no separate charge to eligible children. In a pricing child care center, which has a separate identifiable charge for meals, children from households whose income falls within the reduced-price income eligibility guidelines are eligible for reduced-price meals. These meals are priced at 40 cents for lunch/supper, 30 cents for breakfast and 15 cents for snacks. Children from households whose income falls within the free income eligibility guidelines are eligible for meals at no charge. Refer to the current Income Eligibility Guidelines listed below. 
  • Family Day Care Homes: Meals are available at no separate charge to eligible children.
  • Afterschool Programs: The Afterschool Meals Program is a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. Snacks and/or meals are available at no separate charge to eligible children.
  • Homeless Shelters and Certain Emergency Shelters: The Homeless Children Nutrition Program is a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. Meals are available at no separate charge to eligible children.

Head Start participants and children from households receiving Food Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits are automatically eligible to receive free meals benefits at participating facilities.

Below are the current Income Eligibility Guidelines used in determining a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals.

Free Meal Scale

HOUSEHOLD

SIZE

ANNUAL

MONTHLY

TWICE PER MONTH

BIWEEKLY

WEEKLY

1

15,444

1,287

644

594

297

2

20,826

1,736

868

801

401

3

26,208

2,184

1,092

1,008

504

4

31,590

2,633

1,317

1,215

608

5

36,972

3,081

1,541

1,422

711

6

42,354

3,530

1,765

1,629

815

7

47,749

3,980

1,990

1,837

919

8

53,157

4,430

2,215

2,045

1,023

For each

additional family

member, add

+5,408

+451

+226

+208

+104

 

Reduced-Price Meal Scale

HOUSEHOLD

SIZE

ANNUAL

MONTHLY

TWICE PER MONTH

BIWEEKLY

WEEKLY

1

21,978

1,832

916

846

423

2

29,637

2,470

1,235

1,140

570

3

37,296

3,108

1,554

1,435

718

4

44,955

3,747

1,874

1,730

865

5

52,614

4,385

2,193

2,024

1,012

6

60,273

5,023

2,512

2,319

1,160

7

67,951

5,663

2,832

2,614

1,307

8

75,647

6,304

3,152

2,910

1,455

For each

additional family

member, add

+7,696

+642

+321

+296

+148

Lists of participating providers, organized by facility type, can be found at www.floridahealth.gov/ccfp/.

For more information on the Child Care Food Program, please visit www.floridahealth.gov/ccfp/.

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