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USDA initiative to improve the health and nutrition of children in child care settings
November 19th, 2010
A USDA initiative aimed at improving the health and nutrition of children is due to be rolled out in the coming months.
More than $7.7 million in funding will be provided by the USDA to support state agencies in implementing initiatives through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Over half of the funds awarded will be distributed to local child care sponsoring organizations and institutions through state agencies.
The grants are intended to inspire innovative improvements to enhance nutrition and promote physical activity of the children in these states and communities.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program supports more than 3.3 million infants and children and 112,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day.
The funding is to be made available for activities promoting nutrition and physical activity in child care and may present an opportunity for community-focused local organic growers and co-operatives to become involved.
Keywords: children, childcare, child care, nutrition, health, local, nutrition
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