Program provides healthy meals to underserved community
by Andrew Shilling
Oct 09, 2013 | 972 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Over the last year, dozens of low-income children with eight home-based childcare providers in Cambria Heights and Jamaica received healthy meals and snacks thanks to grant money received by the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco).

WHEDco, a Bronx-based nonprofit organization, used the grant money from EmblemHealth to provide home-based childcare providers with the state's Department of Health’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a meal reimbursement program.

Childcare providers in the program were reimbursed an average of $327.68 per month from October 1, 2012, to July 31, 2013. Nearly 700 healthy meals and snacks were provided in July.

“By bringing CACFP to home-based childcare providers in our network, we help local children access the nutrition they need and empower them with a foundation for lifelong healthy living,” said WHEDco founder and president Nancy Biberman.

With the help from DOH and curriculum from the State University of New York, the CACFP training program is able to teach nutrition, menu planning, meal diversification and record keeping, ensuring positive eating habits.

CACFP is part of WHENco’s Home-Based Childcare Microenterprise Program, helping struggling and unlicensed providers in New York City get their license and with business start-ups.

“This program is one of the many ways we are partnering with community organizations to fight the epidemic of obesity that threatens the present and future health of our communities’ children,” said EmblemHealth's William Gillespie.

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