CACFP provides funding and support to help early care and afterschool providers serve healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in their care.
Quality nutrition is an essential health and educational support for children, yet many go without the consistent nourishment they need to reach their full potential. More than 569,000 (41%) of our youngest children (under age 6) live in low income families across New York State (ACS 2015). Moreover, 1.6 million of New York State’s 2.7 million students (public K-12) qualify to eat school meals for free or at a reduced price (NYSED 2016), with many living in low-income households where families are most likely to struggle to provide nutritious meals at home. CACFP works to ensure children receive quality nutrition while in childcare and afterschool programs, helping to alleviate hunger, support healthy development, and fuel academic achievement.
Hunger Solutions New York provides community-based organizations and schools with tools and resources to help nourish children, including reports, county and district-level statistics, outreach materials, and individualized assistance. We also advocate for policy change at the local, state and federal levels. In 2016, Hunger Solutions New York began working in partnership with the NYS Network for Youth Success and the Early Care and Learning Council, experts in afterschool and early care, respectively, to increase participation in CACFP throughout the state. Please contact Misha Marvel, Child Nutrition Programs Specialist, or Krista Hesdorfer, CACFP Associate, for more information.
Follow the links below to learn more about CACFP in childcare and afterschool settings.
Visit SchoolMealsHubNY.org to learn about other nutrition programs for kids and teens.