What Is the Minute Menu Food Program?


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The Minute Menu Child and Adult Care Food Program is a federal program for providing proper nutrition to children in child care in the United States. CACFP is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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What Is the Minute Menu Food Program?
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The Minute Menu food program is designed to promote healthy eating habits in children. As of 2015, the program receives $2 billion annually in federal funding. Every day, the CACFP ensures that 2.9 million children in child care receive nutritious food. The CACFP also helps 86,000 elderly Americans with their nutritional needs.

Funding comes from the USDA and goes to state agencies that disperse the money to either sponsors or independent child care centers. The sponsors work with local child care facilities and in-home child care providers, helping them receive funds for the CACFP.

Minute Menu is business-management software used to manage food programs in day care facilities. Day care centers use the Minute Menu software to submit their claims to the CACFP. The software also provides training to help the workers make good nutritional choices for the food they purchase.

The Minute Menu food program also works with parents to help them pay their child care providers. Minute Menu works with state agencies to help them audit and oversee the CACFP. Training for auditors is also available through the software as part of the food program.

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