The Food Program

The Child Care Food Program was designed to help children in child care receive nutritious, well balanced meals. Providing meals is often one of the biggest expenses involved in child care! This program is intended to assist with this cost so that providers can serve children meals which will keep them healthy and growing.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

 

All currently licensed family child care providers and non-licensed providers who have cleared TrustLine are eligible to participate in this program. We serve the counties of Butte, Glenn, Sutter, Yuba, Plumas, Sierra, and Lassen.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM?

 

Participation in the food program benefits parents, children AND child care providers!

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT MEALS NEED TO BE PROVIDED?

 

These meals must meet the standards set by the USDA. Providers can be reimbursed for two main meals (breakfast, lunch, or supper), and one snack per day or two snacks and one main meal per child per day. VOCS offers meal patterns and nutrition information to providers during home-visits to assist with meal planning!

 

HOW MUCH WILL PROVIDERS BE REIMBURSED FOR MEALS?

 

Here are the current reimbursement rates:

 

Tier I reimbursement rates for 2016/2017 are:

 

breakfast ............. $ 1.31

snack .................... $ .73

lunch/supper ....... $ 2.46

 

Tier II reimbursement rates for 2016/2017 are:

breakfast .............. $ .48

snack ...................... $ .20

lunch/supper ........ $ 1.49

 

(These rates are per child, per meal)

HOW CAN PROVIDERS GET STARTED?

 

Nutritious and healthy food is costly! Give Valley Oak a call at (530) 895-0561 or 1-(800)-273-5343 to schedule an orientation at your home. We have a Spanish speaker available as well!

 

WHAT DO PROVIDERS NEED TO ENROLL IN THE PROGRAM?

 

Before an orientation is scheduled, providers will need their child care license number or their driver’s license number. All of the required documents will be provided the day of the orientation, and in most cases providers can start claiming meals that day!

 

HOW OFTEN WILL THE FOOD PROGRAM DO HOME-VISITS?

 

The Child Care Food Program is required to visit participating child care sites three times a year. These visits are usually done during a meal time and only take about 30 minutes.

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

 

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

 

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

 

“USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”


 

CHILD CARE FOOD PROGRAM

 

 

 Phone: (530) 895-0561

             (800)-273-5343

 

 E-mail: foodprogram@valleyoakchildren.org

WANT MORE?

 

Check out the Resource Library for more information on child nutrition, meal patterns, and cooking tips!