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Get Ready for NY CACFP Week

By September 26, 2022No Comments

NY CACFP Week is October 2-8, 2022

Join us and NYS Network for Youth Success as we celebrate NY CACFP Week, an opportunity to recognize the invaluable work of NY’s CACFP providers, and encourage more eligible providers to join.

CACFP provides federal funding to help child care and afterschool program providers serve healthy meals and snacks to children in their care, supporting kids’ learning and development. While thousands of providers participate across the state, there is still substantial room for growth, with only about half of eligible child care providers – and even fewer afterschool programs – currently enrolled. This NY CACFP Week, help us spread the word to expand access to this valuable program.

  • Post on social media. Share your CACFP success story, tag your local CACFP champions, or use one of these sample posts:

#CACFP helps #afterschool and #childcare providers pay for healthy meals & snacks for kids in their care. In NY, thousands of providers participate, but many more could! Learn more: ChildCareMealsNY.org #CACFPweekNY

​​This #CACFPWeekNY, we are extending a huge THANK YOU to NY’s #childcare providers, #afterschool programs, CCR&Rs & other #CACFP champions. We are beyond grateful for your work to nourish NY’s children. Learn more about CACFP: ChildCareMealsNY.org

  • Spread the word about Tier 1 rates for all day care homes. The Keep Kids Fed Act, passed in June 2022, extended an important flexibility allowing all participating day care home providers to receive the highest “Tier 1” CACFP reimbursement rates through June 2023. Extending these rates to all day care homes supports providers and ensures more children receive the healthy meals they need to learn and grow. Help spread the word to providers in your community using the Food Research and Action Center’s communications toolkit.
  • Advocate for investments in CACFP and other child nutrition programs. The recently introduced Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act includes critical investments to strengthen CACFP, including provisions allowing providers to serve a third meal to children in full-day care, improvements to reimbursements rates, and steps to streamline participation. Congress must act quickly to advance this important legislation; urge your House member to support the bill, and to push for consideration on the House floor as soon as possible.