Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Nurturing Center sponsors The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in Northwest Montana, covering Lake, Lincoln, Sanders and Flathead counties. It is a federal program that provides funding for nutritious meals and snacks to children while they are in child care.
To contact the Child and Adult Food Program in our office, call Amy Mansir at 406-756-1414 or email
Participating Child Care Providers Receive:
- Meal reimbursement
- Nutrition and physical activity
- Child Care and administrative
Eligible Child Care Providers include:
Eligible Early Care Professionals must have a current registration with the State of Montana’s Early Childhood Services Bureau.
The Nurturing Center serves:
- Family child care facilities whose ratio = 1 adult to 6 children
- Group child care facilities whose ratio = 2 adults to 12 children
To maintain eligibility to receive benefits from this program, early care educators need 4 hours of annual training; 2 hours of annual training to update current regulations and 2 hours of nutrition or food safety training. For training dates, times and locations, email.
Online claim services are available. To learn more about this process visit www.minutemenu.com.
The Nurturing Center’s CACFP Program does not serve Center based child care facilities. For information on Center CACFP benefits, call 1-800-307-9333.
The Nurturing Center does not serve Drop-In child care facilities as they are not eligible for registration or license in the State of Montana.
The Child & Adult Food Program promotes:
- Optimally nutritious meal service
- Physical activity
- Healthy lifestyle choices
- Nutrition and food safety
The CACFP’s commitment is to help improve the health of children and adults throughout Montana. To achieve this goal, the CACFP encourages child care providers to:
- Offer a wide variety of nutritious foods and beverages, for optimal growth and development;
- Serve iron fortified infant formula, milk with meals, and low-fat milk to appropriate age groups, providing calcium for development, growth and strong bones;
- Serve foods and meats low in fat, to reduce saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol intake;
- Choose and prepare foods with little salt or added sugar, to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce risk of chronic disease;
- Serve foods made with enriched or whole grains, to provide fiber and maintain a healthy body weight;
- Serve foods with, at least, 1 good source of vitamin A every other day, for healthy eyesight, skin, hair and brain development;
- Serve foods with, at least, 1 good source of vitamin C every day, as an antioxidant, aiding in the body’s absorption of Iron;
- Serve foods with 3 to 4 good sources of Iron daily, to carry oxygen through the body, maintain energy levels and growth of cells.
For recipe ideas click on Food Plans Recipe Book.
For Infant/toddler nutritional needs click here.
Engage children in 60 minutes a day of regular physical activity, to promote overall health, psychological well-being and healthy body weight.
Visit CACFP for more information, call Amy Mansir at 406-756-1414 or email.
Department of Public Health and Human Services
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
P.O. Box 202925 Helena, MT 59620-2925
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), no link set or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email Program Intake