The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program is a free federal program that provides nutrition training and financial reimbursement for approved meals and snacks served in approved homes. Children’s Harbor is a sponsor of the program for the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

There are many benefits to participating in this free program. You will receive nutrition education as well as a monthly reimbursement for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children in your care.

Training for the program is done in your home.  Your home will also be visited at least three times a year to provide technical assistance and support.

We also offer:

  • Free workshops and training
  • Free calendar and record keeping system
  • Free nutrition education materials for children and providers
  • Consultation with a Registered Dietitian
  • Direct deposit of reimbursement checks
  • Minute Menu web-based meal claim program
  • Free membership with Children’s Harbor

As a child care provider, you play a key role in children’s lives. The meals and snacks you serve help them to grow and be healthy. The food-related experiences they have while in your care help them to learn about food and eating, and influence their attitudes about their world. Research has shown that there are crucial relationships among nutrition, health, and learning. You are in a special position to show children what it means to eat for good health, including the importance of eating a variety of foods.

In order to qualify you must have a State License or Voluntary Registration certificate. Please contact Debbie Moore, USDA Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 757-397-2984 for more information about obtaining approval to participate.

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