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NCA Endorses The Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act of 2021

4/22/21

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NCA has endorsed the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act of 2021, soon to be introduced by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA).  The bill would strengthen the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) by:

  • allowing an additional CACFP meal or snack in full-day child care;
  • increasing CACFP reimbursements by 10 cents for each meal and snack;
  • allowing annual eligibility for proprietary (for-profit) child care centers;
  • improving area eligibility for family child care by reducing the threshold to 40 percent;
  • allocating $5 million to support the new healthy meal pattern and beverage best practices;
  • allowing high-poverty child care centers to collect income applications every four years rather than every year;
  • improving the cost of living adjustment for child care home reimbursement rates to reflect more accurately the real costs to providers;
  • creating a CACFP Community Eligibility Provision pilot to eliminate income applications for centers; and
  • directing USDA to reduce unnecessary paperwork resulting from federal and state regulations and record-keeping requirements.

View NCA’s Policy Priorities for Child Nutrition Reauthorization.