Child Nutrition Programs
purpose of the Child Nutrition Program is to assist local school districts
and other nonprofit sponsors in assuring that students are well-nourished,
healthy, and ready to learn.
USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program plays a vital role
in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many
low-income families. Each day, 2.6 million children receive nutritious meals
and snacks through CACFP. The program also provides meals and snacks to 74,000
adults who receive care in nonresidential adult day care centers. CACFP
reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in homeless
shelters, and snacks and suppers to youths participating in eligible
afterschool care programs.
Farm to school programs enrich the connection communities and schools have with fresh, healthy, local food. The term Farm to School encompasses a wide variety of activities including serving local foods in school cafeterias, providing educational content and curriculum around local agriculture and school gardens. Nevada is just getting started with farm to school initiatives, but the movement is growing fast.
The Fresh Fruit
and Vegetable Program (FFVP) exposes children to a wide variety of fresh
fruits and vegetables in the hope that they will develop healthy eating
habits. Elementary schools that have greater than 50% eligible free and
reduced lunch students are eligible to apply yearly for this program. Fresh
fruits and vegetables are served during the school day in a variety of
settings on a daily basis.
School Lunch Program provides nutritious lunches and the opportunity to
practice skills learned in classroom nutrition education. Meal cost is
established by household income information provided to the school district
by each student participating in the program.
School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program extend the nutrition and
educational benefits to public and private non-profit organizations caring for
the youth of Nevada in residential group settings.
The Special Milk Program (SMP)
provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions who do not
participate in other Federal meal service programs.
Food That's In When School is
The need for healthy nutrition does not
end when school lets out for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program
(SFSP) fills that gap by providing good, nutritious food that's "in" when
school is "out". It ensures that children ages 18 years or younger, in
low-income areas, can continue to receive nutritious meals during school
The purpose of the Office of Child Nutrition and School
Health is to assist local school districts and other nonprofit sponsors in
assuring that students are well-nourished, healthy, and ready to
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