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Extra Meal Allowance for CACFP Providers Open 8+ Hours: Advocate to Your Senator

Last week, Senator Casey introduced another CACFP bill to the US Senate.

This bill partners with the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act that has already been introduced in the House of Representatives. This bill must be passed in the House AND the Senate in order to be enacted. If passed the bill would:

  • Allow providers who are open for more than 8 hours in a day to be reimbursed for an additional meal (up to 3 meals and 1 snack or 2 meals and 2 snacks).
  • Align the calculation of reimbursement rates for family child care homes with that of centers by shifting to “food away from home.”
  • Allow annual eligibility for for-profit child care centers to streamline program operations.
  • Require a review of the CACFP Serious Deficiency process.
  • Establish an advisory committee on CACFP paperwork reduction.

Although you may have already sent a letter to your House Representative to support this legislation, it’s important that you ALSO ask your Senators for their support! Take action today and urge your Senators to support the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act.

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