Frequently Asked Questions
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Child Nutrition Services with the State of Alaska
AEYC Child & Adult Care Food Program
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program reimburses licensed and approved child care providers for a portion of their child care food costs. The primary goal is to improve the diet of children ages 12 years and younger. Food is an important part of every child's emotional, physical, and social development. Food habits established during preschool years may affect food behavior throughout life. Nutrition is an important part of a good child care program. Children need well-balanced meals in order to meet their daily energy needs and to help build strong bodies and minds.
Feeding children in family child care homes is a big responsibility and expense. The CACFP helps children develop healthy and positive eating habits.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and
applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender
identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental
status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public
assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity
conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA
Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-
9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in
the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington,
D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through
the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).