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Nevada Department of Agriculture announces sponsorship of food program

Belinda Yeung
Nevada Department of Agriculture

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Visit http://nutrition.nv.gov/Programs/Child_and_Adult_Care_Food_Program_(CACFP)/ for more information regarding Nevada’s Child and Adult Care Food Program and eligibility requirements.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture has announced the sponsoring agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in Nevada.

Participating agencies come from Carson City, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Lyon, Mineral and Washoe counties. In addition, one statewide sponsor and several Head Start agency sponsors exist across the state. See below for a full list of participants.

The program provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons. According to the USDA, more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults in the United States receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive through the program.

“Nutritious meals and/or snacks are served to all enrolled CACFP participants at no separate charge to participants,” said Donnell Barton, Food and Nutrition administrator for the Department. “Each participating agency receives USDA reimbursement for providing meals to participants to help reduce the rising costs of day care.”

Program eligibility is determined by participating CACFP agencies and is based on household income of each participant. Foster Children or children who are members of a household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation (FDPIR), Head Start eligible participants, At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program participants and Emergency Shelter for homeless children automatically meet the income guidelines for the free meal category. Participating adults in day care who are members of SNAP households, Supplemental Security Income, FDPIR or Medicaid recipients also meet the guidelines for the free meal category. Centers that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program do not discriminate against any child because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability