Child and Adult Care Food Program

**COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATION**

To report closures for child care centers, day care homes, adult day care centers, emergency shelters, or head start centers please call 804.944.7129 and listen carefully to the  directions. You may also email us at cacfp@vdh.virginia.gov.

Please be sure to include the following information:

  • Full name and address of center/provider name and address
  • Full name and phone number of person reporting the closure
  • The closure date

Virginia Department of Health Updates on Novel Coronavirus

For information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, both globally and to the United States. But individual risk is dependent on exposure. For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. The March 11, 2020 presser may be found on the Governor's Facebook page.

Important Hygiene Measures for Centers and Homes to Ward off the Novel Coronavirus

  • Implement proper handwashing (use soap and hot water) when using the restroom, after sneezing and coughing, before and after eating snacks and meals, and whenever handling contaminated items.
  • Wipe down all surfaces with commercial cleaners. Wipe down meal areas before and after eating.
  • If a participant looks/feels sick, please stay home. Likewise, if staff look/feel sick, please stay home.
  • If an individual presents with a fever, he or she must be fever-free for 24 hours prior to returning to the center/home.  

Important Business Practices for Centers and Homes to Ward off the Novel Coronavirus

  • Minimize chances for exposures with facility policies and practices
  • Adhere to Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions, including the use of eye protection
  • Manage visitor access and movement within the facility
  • Implement engineering controls
  • Monitor and manage ill and exposed Health Care Professionals (HCP)
  • Train and educate HCP
  • Implement environmental infection control, use pre-approved EPA products
  • Implement sick leave policies that are non-punitive, flexible, and consistent with public health guidance.

Waiver Requests in the CACFP Resulting from COVID-19

The Virginia Department of Health's Special Nutrition Programs has received approval for the following CACFP flexibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please take note of the following:

The full version of each waiver request is located in the Download Forms section of CHAAMPS and will be posted on the Virginia CACFP website.

To apply for one or more of the waivers listed above, please complete the VDH CACFP COVID-19 Waiver Request Form and upload the completed form into the Attachment List section of CHAAMPS for State agency review and approval.

Please check back regularly for updates, in addition to important updates pertaining to COVID-19 and the CACFP.

Thank you, and stay well!

Mandatory Suspension of On-Site CACFP Compliance Reviews for the next 30 Days

All CACFP compliance reviews that have been scheduled through April 12, 2020, have been converted to desk reviews. Institutions that received a compliance review scheduling letter should contact the SNP specialist that issued the letter to confirm the status of the review.

 

 

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides nutritious meals and snacks that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.  Participating institutions receive reimbursement by serving these nutritious meals to eligible individuals who are enrolled for care at participating child and adult care centers. CACFP also provides meals and snacks to children and youth who participate in afterschool care programs or reside in emergency shelters.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) administers the CACFP through grants to States.  The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) administers the CACFP in Virginia and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) administers the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. Independent and Sponsoring Organizations enter into agreements with their administering State agency to assume administrative and financial responsibility for CACFP operations. Care centers have the option to participate either under a sponsoring organization or independently in direct agreement with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

Types of Organizations within the CACFP

  • Child Care Centers
  • Head Start Centers
  • Outside School Hours Care Centers
  • Adult Care Centers
  • Emergency Shelters
  • Family Day Care Homes

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442 (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.