USDA Child Care Food Programs
The child care food program is a child nutrition program funded by the USDA. The objective of the program is to provide reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks served to children in child care settings.
Family child care homes must:
- Be licensed by the State of FL and have a least one unrelated child in your care
- Serve meals that meet USDA guidelines, keep accurate records, and submit them monthly to Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. Learn more
Child care centers must:
- Be licensed by the appropriate child care licensing authority or be legally exempt from such licensure.
- Be 1) Public or private nonprofit organizations, or 2) For profit organizations whose enrollment or licensed capacity consists of at least 25% low-income children meeting specific criteria. Learn more
Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. is here to help you
A child care food program specialist will help you start the Child Care Food Program at your location and assist you in completing the application, answer your questions, and provide you with sample menus and menu planning which meet the USDA nutritional guidelines.
Record keeping will be explained and all necessary forms will be supplied. A monthly reimbursement check will be mailed directly to you or deposited into your bank account. Bilingual specialist available.
Benefits of participation:
- Helps reduce food costs
- Teaches children healthy eating habits
- Ensures proper nutrition for children in your care
- Provides training in nutrition, health, food safety, and sanitation