October 18, 2013
Licensed Family Day Care Providers can receive reimbursement for nutritious meals served to children in their care, and the meals are free to participating families through a program beginning its 34th year.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began in October its 34th year of sponsorship by the Santa Barbara County Education Office.
“The program is designed to assist family child care providers and parents in delivering high quality nutrition to all children in child care in Santa Barbara County,” said County Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone, whose office coordinates the program.
Through participating family child care homes, all enrolled children will be offered the same meals at no charge, with no physical segregation of, or other discrimination against, any child because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, gender, religion, disability, political beliefs, or other personal preference.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (voice and TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Income eligibility guidelines are linked (Rev. 07/13).
Further information is available from the Santa Barbara County Education Office, Child Development Programs, at 964-4711, ext. 4456.