Food & Nutritional Services
R’Club sponsors the USDA Nutrition program, serving approximately 1700 children daily, 220 Family Child Care Homes, and more than 25 unaffiliated Child Care Centers throughout Pinellas County. The goal of the program is to improve the nutritional value of the meals and snacks for these children. R’Club is always available to help more centers, and family child care homes benefit their children through the USDA Nutrition program.
- Information for parents
- CCFP Infant Formula List 1.6.16
- CCFP Meal Pattern For Infants
- Crediting Food Guide / Una Guía Para Acreditar Alimentos
- And Justice For All Poster
- Building for the Future
- Building for the Future Spanish
- WIC 2016
- Child Care Food Program Milk Substitution List August 2015
- Vitamin A&C Sources English
- Vitamin A&C Sources Spanish
What is the Child Care Food Program?
The Child Care Food Program (CCFP) is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service. The program is administered by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Child Nutrition Programs. R'Club Child Care sponsors licensed family child care home and Center providers in Pinellas County.
- To provide reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks served to children in child care
- To improve the nutritional quality of meals served to children in child
- To provide ongoing training in food safety, nutritional needs of the children served, and assistance in meeting the program's requirements.
Meals and snacks served to children must meet specific USDA meal pattern requirements. The meal pattern includes milk, fruits and vegetables, meat (or meat alternates) and grains or breads in amounts specified by age.
- Family day care homes participating must be licensed by the Pinellas County License
- Family day care homes must also be affiliated with a sponsoring organization.
- Newly licensed child care providers are added to the program at the beginning of each month following introductory training and approval from the Florida Department of Health. These evening classes, presented by Food Program staff, generally are held once each month.
Program Requirements / Reimbursements
Participants have the responsibility to plan and serve nutritious foods that meet the CCFP requirements. Participants must maintain written menus and meal counts. Approved meal types may include two meals and one snack or two snacks and one meal. Meals claimed for reimbursement are based on actual daily count of eligible, enrolled children. Providers are reimbursed for meals on a monthly basis. The USDA has established a two-tiered rate structure for meal payments for all Child Care Food Programs. Under the law, Tier I homes are those that are located in income-eligible areas as defined by the USDA or those in which the provider's household meets the income guidelines for free or reduced price school meals. These providers receive a reimbursement known as the Tier I rate (higher reimbursement). Providers who are income eligible may also receive reimbursement for meals served to their own enrolled children under age 13.
A provider who does not meet one of the above criteria could receive Tier I rates if they care for children who are income-eligible or who are on a qualifying state or federal supported program. These programs include WIC, Food Stamps, TANF and free/reduced school lunch. All other providers receive the Tier II or lower reimbursement.
|Type of Meal Served||Tier 1||Tier 2|
|Lunch & Supper||$2.48||$1.50|
The USDA requires that participants be monitored minimally three times per contract year (Oct. 1- Sept. 30). One meal observation is accomplished for each meal type that has been approved. Additional visits are made to provide technical assistance as needed.
Meals and snacks served to children must meet specific USDA meal pattern requirements. The meal pattern includes milk, fruits and vegetables, meat (or meat alternates), and grains or breads in amounts specified by age.
Monitoring reviews note compliance in the areas of menu planning, record keeping, food handling and service, safety and sanitation.
Each participant must attend a mandatory Agreement Renewal Meeting annually.
Food Program staff provide assistance to providers and parents in such areas as appropriate feeding, food handling, and meal planning and preparation. Informational pieces are continually reviewed, researched and prepared by the Food Program staff. A new topic is distributed to the provider during each monitoring review. These are also available for parent use.
If you are a licensed family child care home provider or a licensed child care center and are interested in joining our Food Program please call R'Club Child Care at (727) 578-5437 (578-KIDS).
In accordance with Federal law and USDA policy, all institutions participating in the Child Care Food Program are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.