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Healthier Foods for Broome County Children

From Broome County:

The Broome County Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Family Enrichment Network and the Broome County Health Department, is pleased to announce the passage of an updated plan that requires more child care providers in the county to serve healthier foods.

The New York State Office of Family and Children’s Services recently approved the updated plan that mandates child care providers who care for no more than two children plus their own at any given time, to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

The CACFP is a federally funded program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides reimbursements to licensed child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care. The program encourages healthy eating by providing children with a variety of healthy foods that meet the USDA standards.

“This is a win–win, the plan update helps improve the quality of the child care and helps make the cost more affordable for families by keeping expenses down for caregivers,” said Don Bowersox, Broome County Deputy Commission for Services.

Federal nutrition programs help fight hunger. They provide a safety net for low-income families across America ensuring that children will get the proper nutrition they need in order to learn, grow and develop.

This important step in improving child nutrition in early childcare settings comes from efforts set forth by the Broome County Health Department’s Community Transformation Grant (CTG). This grant is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) Community Transformation Grants Small Communities (CTG) to support public health efforts that reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, eliminate health disparities, and control health care spending in small communities.

By focusing on where people live, work, learn, and play, the CTG program is expected to improve the health of more than four out of 10 U.S. citizens—about 130 million Americans.

Overall, HHS awarded approximately $70 million in prevention grants to 40 awardees focused on improving the health of small communities across the nation. Administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CTG Program is a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative launched in 2011 and funded through the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. These new funds will support areas with fewer than 500,000 people in neighborhoods, school districts, villages, towns, cities, and counties. Awardees represent organizations committed to improving health from a multitude of sectors.
To learn more about the Child and Adult Care Food Program visit their website at www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/care/ or call the Family Enrichment Network at 607.723-8313 Ext. 824.

To learn more about the Community Transformation Grants Small Communities Program visit their website at www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation/small-communities/index.htm.
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