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|The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Services. The CACFP enables registered and licensed family day care homes to provide nutritious meals to enrolled children as part of their organized child care services. Since food expenses are often a large percentage of the operating costs of day care homes, the CACFP gives providers financial assistance to help offset food expenses. In addition, the CACFP is designed to help children develop good eating habits that they will retain in later years.
The CACFP was established by Congress in 1968 as an extension of the National School Lunch Act to offer meals to children in areas where there were large numbers of working parents. Ten years later, the program was expanded to include day care homes. In Texas, this federal child nutrition program is administered through the Texas Department of Human Services, Special Nutrition Programs.