Child Care Food Program

What is it?

The Child Care Food Program is a reimbursement program for licensed and registered day care/group home providers.  It is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture and managed and directed by the Missouri Department of Health.  The program is sponsored by the Council of Churches of the Ozarks.

The Child Care Food Program can help you serve nutritious meals and snacks and improve the diet of children 12 years of age or younger by providing you with: 
  • Training Sessions
  • Newsletters
  • Recipes and Meal Planning Ideas


For the children . . .

Meals are served that meet USDA nutrition requirements; these meals not only help the child learn and grow today but also help the child learn eating principles that will help them achieve their fullest potential in the future.

For the parents. . .

Parents are assured that their child(ren) receive the high quality meals at no extra cost to them.

For the provider . . .

Providers can afford to furnish higher quality meals to children in care without straining other program resources.

For the community . . .

In helping to meet the total nutritional needs of young children in out-of-home settings, the CCFP results in significant enrichment and improvement of the quality of child care provided in communities.

How can I participate in this program?

  1. Become a licensed or registered day care/group home.  (Day care must be conducted in a current or previous private residence.)
  2. Be caring for at least one day care child.
  3. Call the Child Care Food Program at 417-865-8427 or 1-800-818-6812.  A staff person will set up a time to visit with you in your home and help you enroll in the program.

What do I need to do after I enroll?

  • Feed your day care children using nutrition guidelines.
  • Once a month, submit menus and attendance forms.  (Forms and envelopes provided.)
  • Have one of our staff visit with you at least three times per year while you are serving children a meal.
  • Attend one training session per year.

The Child Care Food Program is sponsored by:
Council of Churches of the Ozarks
PO Box 3947
Springfield, MO  65808

For more information, call:
Toll free at 1-800-818-6812 or Email at

The Child Care Food Program is operated in accordance with USDA policy, which does not permit discrimination because of race, color, national orgin, sex, age, or disabled.  If you believe that your child has been treated unfairly in receiving food services for any reason, write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.

Child Care Food Program
Vicki McMillen, Director
1531 E. Sunshine E - 1
Springfield, MO  65804



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