Improving the nutritional quality of foods served in child care may come at a higher cost according to a study of foods served in child-care homes participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Researchers found that higher daily food expenditures were associated with higher total food energy and higher nutritional quality of menus. Food expenditures were strongly and positively associated with the number of portions of whole grains and fresh produce served, even after controlling for the total amount of food served.
Published: February 2012
ID #: 63046
Journal: Public Health Nutr
Authors: Monsivais P, Johnson DB
Resource Type: Journal Article
Age Group: Preschool-age children (ages 3 to 5)
Measuring, Analyzing and Examining Food Spending and Nutritional Quality in Family Day Care Participants in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food ProgramThe aim of this project is to examine how food costs and reimbursement rates impact the dietary quality of foods that are served in family day care homes. Taking advantage of a unique policy-analysis opportunity to assess the effects of different subsidy levels for providers in adjacent urban regions, this project will compare nutritional quality More