CCSA Answers: Funding to Provide Meals to Low-Income Preschool Students

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June 20, 2011
Question: Is there funding available to help provide meals to low-income preschool students at a charter school?

Answer: Many charter schools with preschool programs serving low-income children participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which is administered by the California Department of Education. CACFP enables charter schools to provide nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks to students from income eligible families. Always available, CACFP funds reimburse child care centers for the number and types of meals served according to the participant's household eligibility for free, reduced-price or base rate meals. However, as with other state-funded programs, schools must keep meticulous records of student attendance.

We've answered this member-submitted question, and provided additional context, in "How to Fund a Preschool Program."