CDA Discusses Importance of Increasing Access to Healthy Meals To Children Through CACFP
Today, CDA and the California Food Policy Advocates met with Lucero Chavez, Field Representative for Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to discuss the importance of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for children, families, and child care providers.
Many families in California, especially in high-cost counties like San Diego, struggle to provide nutritious meals to their children every day.
Fresh fruit and vegetables have become expensive, which forces families to purchase pre-packaged foods and/or calorie-dense fast meals that offer little to no nutritional value. When children don’t get the necessary nutrition required to grow healthy bodies, they are at risk of developing type-2 diabetes or obesity.
CDA’s Nutrition Program supports child care providers with a subsidy per-child per-meal to help with the cost of providing nutritious meals to the children in their care.
Assembly Bill 842, by Assemblymembers Limón and Eggman, was introduced this year in the state legislature to help increase access to healthy meals and provide adequate compensation to child care providers providing these meals. This bill will help break the cycle of poverty, prevent hunger, and close the achievement gap for California’s youngest learners.