More than 3.2 million children are enrolled in child-care programs that participate in and receive reimbursement for food from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This paper discusses the results of a study which tested the hypothesis that higher CACFP reimbursement rates for food result in higher food expenditure and higher nutritional quality of food served in family child-care homes. Researchers found that providers receiving higher reimbursement spent significantly more on food ($2.36 per child per day) than those receiving lower reimbursement ($1.96 per child per day). Child-care providers receiving the higher rate of reimbursement served healthier food with more protein, whole grains, vitamins and minerals.
More Nutritious Food is Served in Child-Care Homes Receiving Higher Federal Food Subsidies
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 … More
Measuring, Analyzing and Examining Food Spending and Nutritional Quality in Family Day Care Participants in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program
The 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 … More
The USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides critical nutrition assistance to lower-income women, infants, and young children. During the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment has risen to levels greater than experienced during the Great Recession, and food insecurity has also increased, making WIC’s role more important … More