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V. Susan Alford, State Director  

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What is the purpose of this service?

In South Carolina, the Child and Adult Care Food Program is a key source of support for improving the nutritional quality of meals and snacks served to children and adults in day care.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federally funded program that gives meal reimbursements to child care centers and adult day care centers for serving nutritious meals. The objectives of CACFP are to:

  • Improve the diets of children by providing nutritious meals
  • Help children develop good eating habits
  • Help adults maintain good diets by providing nutritious meals.

Who can receive these services?

Services are provided to children ages 12 and under; migrant children 15 and younger; persons with disabilities regardless of their age.

How are the services provided?

The meals are provided by child care centers who plan and serve meals that follow the CACFP meal pattern guidelines.

What services are offered?

Participating centers agree to serve meals as outlined in the CACFP meal pattern guidelines; serve creditable foods. These facilities may provide breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks (morning, afternoon and evening).

How to apply?

Monthly orientations are conducted for childcare centers interested in participating in CACFP in South Carolina. Bi-monthly orientations are conducted for adult care centers. The CACFP application is distributed at these meetings. The application for participation must be completed by your organization and returned to the South Carolina Department of Social Services for approval. An appointment will be made for a pre-approval visit to all centers submitting an acceptable application. In addition, attendance at a CACFP Record Keeping Workshop is required within the first month of approval to become familiar with the Program requirements.

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