February 21, 2018 – WILMINGTON DE – During National CACFP Week, March 11 to 17, 2018, Catholic Charities joins with Delaware family child care providers in acknowledging the many ways our community benefits from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Catholic Charities, as one of three Delaware sponsors of the program, works to help licensed child care homes and centers to serve nutritious meals to the children in their care.
Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director, said, “Catholic Charities is happy to support these thoughtful child care providers in their quest to do what’s right for the children and families they serve. It’s a program that fulfills our mission of promoting the well-being of people. Children cared for by providers participating in the CACFP benefit by not only being fed nutritious USDA regulated meals, but also by receiving nutrition education that helps them establish positive eating habits they can apply throughout their life.”
The CACFP is an important factor in providing quality child care. The program not only benefits children, but also parents and child care providers. Parents are assured that their children receive high quality meals, making them less likely to experience illness and fatigue and will develop at a normal physical and intellectual pace. Providers receive nutrition education and support services from their CACFP sponsor that help them serve nutritious meals and create a positive eating environment for children.
Our communities also benefit from the CACFP, because the quality of child care is improved due to the educational and financial resources available to caregivers through the CACFP.
Catholic Charities CACFP program supports 240 home providers and 27 centers, serving 130,000 meals to more than 3,100 children each month.
Catholic Charities welcomes inquiries from licensed child care providers who want to participate in the program. If you would like to learn more about Catholic Charities and CACFP, visit our website at www.cdow.org/charities, or call our main office at 302-655-9624.
Catholic Charities, serving those in need for over 185 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.