New York State Health Department Dedicates Funding to Food Program for Children and Families

ALBANY, NY, September 8, 2006 – The New York State Health Department today announced that New York State has received $45 million in annual federal funding to support New York's Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP) statewide.

The CACFP initiative is funded through the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and continues New York's commitment to promote the health and well-being of its residents. All children and adults who attend programs that participate in CACFP receive the same meals at no separate charge. There is not physical segregation of, or other discriminatory action against, any child or adult attending a CACFP-participating program because of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability.

Currently, there are more than 100 sponsoring organizations of family day care homes, representing nearly 9,000 licensed or registered family child care sites throughout New York State. On average, child care home providers serve approximately 52,000 children each day.

The funding announced today is part of nearly $151 million in annual federal funding to New York State to support all CACFP programs.

A list of the participating programs may be obtained by contacting the New York State Health Department at 1-800-942-3858.