The Family Child Care Food Program
The Family Child Care Food Program (FCCFP) is a nutrition program that reimburses home child care providers for serving healthy meals and snacks that meet simple meal pattern requirements to the children in their care.
To participate in the Family Child Food Program, a provider of a family child care home must sign an agreement with a sponsoring organization to participate in the Family Child Care Food Program. Child Care homes must be licensed by the Department of Health and Human Resources to provide child care services. Reimbursements for meals served in child care homes is based upon eligibility for tier I rates (which targets higher levels of reimbursement to low-income areas, provides, or children) or lower tier II rates.
The FCCFP is designed to ensure that children in child care receive the best possible nutrition to help them grow up strong and healthy and to help establish healthy eating habits for life.
The FCCFP is a component of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program(CACFP).
FCCFP serves 6 counties in West Virginia: Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne.
FCCFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care and making it more affordable for many low-income families.
FCCFP provides nutritious meals and snacks to children.
FCCFP ensures that young children in child care have access to a nutritious diet and improved eating habits through nutrition education.
Participating in the food program is truly a win/win/win situation!
The children win because they're eating nutritious meals and snacks;
Your child care business wins because families looking for child care will appreciate the peace of mind that comes from knowing their children will receive balanced meals (not to mention that they won't have to pack meals and snacks for their kids!);
You win because the financial reimbursement helps you with your food expenses, and the nutrition training you receive can benefit your own family as well!
Any child age 12 or under that is attending the child care home is entitled to meals.
Children that are related to the provider ex. Grandchildren, nieces, nephews
Children subsidized by the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)
Children that you are not being paid to watch
Infants are also eligible
**You may be able to claim your own children if you meet basic income eligibility requirements, if your child is enrolled in the program (which means that you fill out the same enrollment form that the families must complete), and non-resident children must be eating the same meal. For example, if your child is the only child in the home for lunch, your child cannot be claimed for that meal.
Upon enrollment in the FCCFP, the child care home is classified as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 home based on the location of the home.
Participating home will submit a menu to the FCCFP that reflects the foods served to the children during the month.
Reimbursements are based on the number of meals served to enrolled children, multiplied by the appropriate reimbursement rate for each breakfast, lunch, supper, or snacks they are approved to serve. Participating homes receive reimbursement for meals on a monthly basis
The meal reimbursement rates are federal rates that are published annually.
July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 rates
Tier 1 / Tier 2
Breakfast $1.24 / $0.45
Lunch/Dinner $2.32 / $1.40
Snack $0.69 / $0.19
Frequently Asked Questions
Child care providers sometimes question "Does it make sense for me to join the Family Child Care Food Program (FCCFP)?"
The answer is YES! Consider how your decision to join will affect the
Relieves parents of the responsibility for providing meals for their children in child care.
Reassures parents that their children will receive carefully planned, nutritious meals.
Parents don't have to pack lunches for their child.
The children are being served nutritious meals and snacks which promote health and wellbeing.
They get the opportunity to learn about new and nutritious foods that perhaps they are not served at home.
The children in your care will learn and feel positive about eating healthy.
The children benefit because they are being served nutritious meals and snacks which promote health and wellbeing.
They will also benefit from having consistent meal times.
The reimbursement from the food program enables you to purchase high-quality, nutritious food.
In addition, you will have access to nutrition information, training and support that will not only benefit your child care families, but your own family as well.
Many participating providers use the FCCFP as a way to advertise to potential families that their child care provider is concerned with the nutritional needs of the child.
Your sponsor, Family Child Care Food Program (FCCFP), is responsible for approving you to join the program.
They will then give you free training about healthy new menu ideas and ways to feed the children in your care.
The sponsor will train you about the meal pattern requirements and keeping accurate attendance of the children in your home.
They may also help with other childcare topics.
The sponsor will visit your child care home and ensure that it is safe for children.
They will assist you with any necessary paperwork and respond to any questions or concerns that you may have about the program.
These are the basic meal pattern requirements that must be met in order to qualify for reimbursement for a meal.
Breakfast: Milk, Fruit/Vegetable, Grain/Bread
Milk -- Low fat milk
Grain/Bread-- Wheat toast
Fruit/Vegetable -- Sliced fresh cantaloupe
Lunch/Dinner:Milk, Grain/Bread, Meat/Meat Alternate, 2 Fruit/Vegetables
Milk -- Low fat milk
Grain/Bread -- Quesadillas wrap
Meat/Meat Alternate -- Cheese (a meat alternate)
Fruit/Vegetables -- Black beans
Fruit/Vegetables -- Fresh mango
Snacks:Two of the four food components - Milk, Fruit/Vegetable, Meat/Meat Alternate, Grain/Bread
Sample Snack 1 (only two items required)
Meat/Meat Alternate -- peanut butter
Fruit/Vegetables -- banana
Sample Snack 2 (only two items required)
Grain/Bread-- Granola (mixed in the Yogurt)
Meat/Meat Alternate-- Vanilla yogurt
The provider is required to:
Plan, prepare and serve meals and snacks that meet federal meal requirements for nutrition and food safety;
Keep written attendance, menu, meal count
Keep menus up to date
Contact Family Child Care Food Program(FCCFP) when not claiming meals or snacks
Keep consistent mealtimes
Allow representatives from the FCCFP to conduct home reviews
Attend required trainings each year
Application & Forms
Family Child Care Food Program
611 7th Ave Suite 201
Huntington WV 25701
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