Florida Promotes Healthy Child Nutrition

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The Florida Department of Health (DOH) joins the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in promoting the Child Care Food Program, a federally funded USDA program that reimburses child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children.

"The Child Care Food Program encourages children to build healthy habits for life," said Philip E. Reeves, M.P.H., Bureau Chief of Child Nutrition Programs. "Parents seeking child care in Florida are encouraged to enroll their children in facilities that participate in this program."

DOH administers the Child Care Food Program through four types of child care-related settings:

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Child care centers: In a non-pricing child care center, meals are available at no separate charge to eligible children. In a pricing child care center, children from households whose income falls within the reduced-price income guidelines are eligible for reduced-price meals. These meals are priced at 40 cents for lunch/dinner, 30 cents for breakfast, and 15 cents for snacks. Children from households whose income falls within the free guidelines are eligible for meals at no separate charge.

Family day care homes: Meals are available at no separate charge to eligible children.

Afterschool programs: The Afterschool Snack Program is a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. Snacks are available at no separate charge to eligible children.

Homeless shelters and certain emergency shelters: The Homeless Children Nutrition Program is a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. Meals are available at no separate charge to eligible children.

Households currently certified to receive food stamps or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.

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