BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is pleased to announce that the week of March 11-17, 2018 is National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Week.

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services established the CACFP to promote the service of nutritious meals and snacks in child and adult care centers and family child care homes. The program contributes to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.

The educational and financial resources available to eligible agencies through the CACFP can improve the overall quality of child and adult day care provided in Maryland. Households are assured that children and older adults are receiving high quality meals and nutrition education that help establish positive eating habits. In addition, agencies are given opportunities to participate in training and grants to promote good nutrition and physical activity. During National CACFP Week, MSDE acknowledges the many ways our community benefits from the CACFP. In 2017, more than 600 child and adult day care centers in Maryland served more than ten million breakfasts and lunches to over 20,000 participants.

“The Maryland State Department of Education recognizes the importance of proper nutrition and an active lifestyle in the health and development of children and adults,” said Dr. Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools. “Positive eating habits at any age can improve the overall quality of life.”

To learn more about the CACFP, visit the MSDE Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs website at or call 410-767-0199.