State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi reports that child and adult care institutions across the state are announcing their participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides meals to hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans each year (see attached list, provided in Excel and as a PDF).
“We know these meals are so important, particularly in this tough economic time,” Barresi said. “Children and adults who are properly nourished stand a much better chance of being able to learn and retain their knowledge. We’re so thankful to the people and institutions that provide this valuable service to our state’s families.”
During the last program year – between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011 – nearly 700,000 children and adults were served in Oklahoma through CACFP.
During that time frame about 11.3 million breakfasts, 12.7 million lunches, 21 million snacks and 1.4 million suppers were served through this program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and coordinated in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
All participants in attendance at CACFP institutions are served meals, at no extra charge to their parents, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. In accordance with federal law and USDA policy, CACFP institutions 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 Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., 20250-9410, or call toll free 866-632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing-impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
For more information about CACFP in Oklahoma, call the Oklahoma Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs Division, (405) 521-3327 or a local CACFP Institution.