Applications

Child and Adult Care Food Program

WIC Program

Purpose

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) facilities provide information about the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program to the families of participating children in CACFP. WIC is a USDA program that provides families with additional food resources and support.

Regulations and guidance

CACFP regulations at 7 Code of Federal Regulations § 226.15(n):

(n) Information on WIC. Each institution (other than outside-school-hours care centers, at-risk afterschool care centers, emergency shelters, and adult day care centers) must ensure that parents of enrolled children are provided with current information on the benefits and importance of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the eligibility requirements for WIC participation.

Requirement

A childcare center or day care home may meet this requirement by either of the following methods:

Provide basic WIC information to families when they enroll and when they annually update their enrollment information, or include the information in a newsletter or other information that enrolling parents receive, or;

Display a WIC poster on an announcement board or other public area of the childcare center or home.

Resources

To assist CACFP facilities to meet this requirement, a link to a WIC poster and an outreach materials order form is provided on the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) website. View the WIC materials on the MDH website. Supporting WIC information can be found on the USDA website.

Questions

If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the Minnesota Department of Education-Food and Nutrition Service applications team at 651-582-8526, 1-800-366-8922 or e-mail mde.fns@state.mn.us.