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Wyoming Nutrition Services, Inc.

A Child and Adult Care Food Program Sponsor

Wyoming Nutrition Services is Wyoming's only sponsoring organization for Child Care Homes

for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).


What is the CACFP?

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federally funded program that provides reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks served to children. Because CACFP participants' nutritional needs are supported on a daily basis, the program plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care and making it more affordable for families. 


How does CACFP work?
CACFP is administered at the federal level by Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) administers the CACFP in Wyoming. State agencies approve sponsoring organizations to operate the program on the local level. The state also monitors the program and provides guidance and assistance to ensure requirements are met.

Sponsoring organizations, such as Wyoming Nutrition Services, play a critical role in supporting home child care providers and centers through training, technical assistance and monitoring.


Who is eligible for CACFP Meals?

Children age 12 and under; Migrant children age 15 and younger; Functionally impaired adult participants or adults age 60 and older enrolled in an adult day care center; and Youths through age 18 in afterschool programs in needy areas.

Who is eligible for CACFP Reimbursements?
Licensed Family Child Care Homes and Family Child Care Centers; Child care providers exempt from licensing as determined by the Department of Family Services; and  Child Care Centers meeting one of the following criteria:
Public organization - Operated as part of a public entity; state, local, school or tribal; or 
Private, non-profit organization - Federal tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, for example, 501(c)(3) status letter (Letter of Determination is required); or
Private, for-profit organization - A minimum of 25% of enrollment or license capacity must have DFS agreements or be eligible for free/reduced priced meals. 


What kinds of meals are served?
CACFP facilities follow meal patterns established by the USDA:

  • Breakfast consists of a serving of milk, fruit or vegetable and grains or bread
  • Lunch and dinner requires milk, grains or bread, meat or meat alternate, and two different servings of fruits or vegetables.
  • Snacks include two of the four components: milk, fruits or vegetables, grains or bread, or meat or meat alternate


*Note: Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, USDA made the first major changes in the CACFP meals and snacks since the Program's inception in 1968, which will help ensure children and adults have access to healthy, balanced meals and snacks throughout the day. Beginning October 1, 2017, the new USDA meal patterns change will take effect.

 
CACFP promotes the USDA MyPlate portion guidelines and requires prepared food to measure accordingly by age group.
WNS encourages Family Style serving methods.

 

 Family Child Care Homes

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The Child and Adult Care Food Program