(post updated on 4/26/2021)
Early next week Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) plans to reintroduce the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act. Fact sheet about the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act.
Take action: Sign on in support of this bill here.
Why it matters: This bill is part of Congress's Child Nutrition Reauthorization process, which hasn't happened in over 10 years! The Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act is the bill CACFP has been waiting for. It includes policy improvements for the entire program, including:
Additional meal service (typically snack or supper) for full day care
Annual eligibility for proprietary (for-profit) child care centers
Improved area eligibility test
Funds to support implementation of the new meal pattern
Creates a CEP pilot for CACFP
Improves cost of living adjustment for child care homes
Allows centers to collect income applications every four years
Directs USDA to reduce paperwork
Spread the word: Don't forget to share your support for the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act on your social media accounts. Sample tweet:
1 in 4 children in the U.S. faces hunger because of the pandemic. Now is the time to make improvements to #CACFP to help our kids get healthier, not hungrier. Join us in supporting @SenBobCasey #ChildNutrition bill. https://bit.ly/32qnrcl
Strengthening #CACFP to support #childcare providers as they provide nutritious foods to young children is a no brainer. Join us in supporting @SenBobCasey #ChildNutrition bill. https://bit.ly/32qnrcl
@SenBobCasey introduced a #ChildNutrition bill that strengthens #CACFP in a myriad of ways: allowing an additional meal, increased meal reimbursements and more! Join us in supporting @SenBobCasey#ChildNutrition bill. https://bit.ly/32qnrcl
Share your CACFP & COVID-19 stories and/or lessons learned as we continue to advocate for sponsors, providers and the children and adults served by #CACFP. Your voice, your experience matters and can shape the future of this essential program.