USDA Food Program
USDA Child Care Food Program
The USDA Child Care Food Program ensures young children in licensed family child care homes have access to balanced, nutritious meals with the goal of improving their eating patterns and habits.
Participants are (partially) reimbursed with federal USDA funds for up to three meals per child (0–13 years of age) per day, of which one must be a snack.
Benefits of Food Program
If YOU are a PROVIDER
- You will get partially reimbursed for the cost of meals you serve.
- You will save parents time and money.
- You can choose healthy foods for ALL the children in your care.
- PATCH Food Program staff will teach you about child nutrition, safe food handling, and more.
- It’s a great way to promote your business as a healthy, quality environment.
- If you meet income criteria, you may also be able to claim your own child’s meals eaten in your day care.
- PATCH helps you every step of the way. We provide food charts, optional pre-planned menus, direct deposit and more!
If YOU are are a PARENT or GUARDIAN
- Proper nutrition helps your child’s development and reduces fatigue and illness.
- Children receive nutrition education as providers shape healthy, positive attitudes to nutritious foods.
- Parents are assured children are served high quality meals.
- You will save time and money not having to prepare your child’s meals.