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State Food Program Gets Update

April 28, 2014


The California Department of Education has made it easier for disadvantaged families to access information by updated web pages that hold the latest lists of child an adult-care centers that offer nutritious meals at low or no cost.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Child and Adult Care Food Program includes nearly 5,000 local day-care centers and 17,000 sponsored family day-care home providers in California.

“Having enough nutritious food to eat is a huge contributing factor to a child’s ability to succeed in school and in life,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said. “These centers offer an important resource for families, and I hope this information gets them the support they need.”

According to the California Department of Education, childcare and day care centers that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program provide healthy food to infants, children and adults. The children enrolled in this program receive the meals at no charge. Most day-care centers also provide meals at no charge, according to the CDE. In centers that have a separate charge for meals, participants may receive free or reduced-price meals if families of children in their care meet household income eligibility guidelines. Click here ( to see the Income Eligibility Scales for 2013-2014.

To find day-care home sponsors in your area, visit the California Department of Education’s CACFP Day Care Home Sponsors Web page and search by county. For a child or adult day care center, visit the 2013–14 CACFP Center Sites Web page and search by county.