The following United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) websites will be able to provide you with specific information on Child Nutrition Programs, and other food safety and nutrition and physical activity related resources. There are also related websites that specifically focus on education, physical activity and nutrition activities for kids.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
This site provides links to the CACFP regulations, income guidelines and foreign language translations of the free and reduced-priced income applications, meal pattern requirements and other basic program information. Visit the USDA CACFP website.
Nutrition Assistance Programs
This site is the USDA homepage for all of the Child Nutrition Programs, including a link to information for the Special Milk Program. Visit the USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs website.
Find Youth Info
This site connects afterschool providers to federal resources that support children and teens during out-of-school hours. It includes activity ideas for the kids in your program that will meet the academic and enrichment requirements of at-risk programs. It also has a comparison of eligibility requirements for at-risk and regular CACFP sites. Visit the Find Youth Info website.
The Let’s Move! Campaign is dedicated to the problem of childhood obesity. The kids section of this website shares good ideas for trying new fruits and veggies and fun ways to break up TV or screen time. It even includes a log for kids to track their amount of screen time spent on TV, DVDs, video games, computers and the Internet. Visit the Let’s Move! website.
Healthy Meals Resource System
This site provides recipes, resources and information on preparing nutritious meals and food safety. The emphasis is on school meals, physical and Team Nutrition Resources. Visit the Healthy Meals Resource System website.
Food and Nutrition Information Center
The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is one of several information centers of the National Agricultural Library, part of USDA. Access all of FNIC’s resource lists and databases as well as other food and nutrition related links from this site. This site includes information on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, food safety, physical activity, MyPlate resources and resources for consumers. Visit the Food and Nutrition Information Center website.
This is a safe site for kids to have fun and learn. It is the official kids’ portal to the US government, with links to over 1,200 web pages from educational organizations, schools and government agencies. It is geared to the learning levels and interests of girls and boys in grades K-5 and 6-8. There are special sites that provide lesson plans and classroom activities to teachers, including links to free materials for educators. Topic areas include arts, careers, computers and technology, math, money, science, social studies, government, health, fitness and safety and fun stuff. Visit the Kids.gov website.
This site has easy online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers. Includes information on what’s in food, weight management, nutrition and health issues, shopping, cooking and meal planning. Visit the Nutrition.gov website.