Hear from Idaho child care providers about their experience participating in the Food Program with Nutrition Works.
| feel that participating in the food program gives each child at our facility an advantage of healthy brain development and growth. Being able to offer such wonderful, planned out, healthy prepared meals really means a lot to me. | want the best care for our children and healthy meals are a huge part.
The Food Program means a lot to my center and families. It gives the parents comfort knowing their kids are eating well and being served healthier choices.
Participation assures | keep up to date with nutrition standards. In many cases, the meals served at child care are the most nutritious meals children receive so it is critical that they get good nutrition to help them stay healthy and develop well. It is also an avenue to introduce different foods that they may never experience at home. The food allowance stipend allows me to purchase and prepare nutritious, mostly home-cooked meals. Without this allowance, | am certain that meals | could personally budget to serve the number of children | care for would be significantly less on the nutrition scale. The stipend also allows me to keep my fees lower so without it, everyone loses.
Reimbursement is a blessing. Feeding nutritious meals and snacks is what I want to do.
I have participated in the food program for over 20 years. I have really enjoyed all of the education and financial assistance that I have received over the years. I know that the nutritional foods and nutrition education I provide to the families would not be as good without your assistance.
The Food Program and Nutrition Works has made such a difference in my center. Providing healthy meals that include fresh fruit and vegetables is fun and gives me a chance to expose children to new tastes.
Early childcare is such a vital time in child’s life. The Food Program helps me nourish children and receive financial assistance to do so. As a provider, I’m grateful for the extra funding support that helps me help my families!
The kids eat much healthier and are often introduced to foods they don’t get at home.
It has allowed us to feed more nutritious meals daily without having to worry about a bottom line. It has given us freedom to serve better.
I love it!!! I have learned so much and have changed the way I feed the children in my care. They eat healthier as much of what I make is homemade. Parents come and ask how I fix a particular meal as their child wants it at home too.
Love the program. Everyone that I have spoken with by phone or who have visited my child care have been friendly, professional and provide useful information.