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PHL Child Nutrition Fund


The Philadelphia Child Nutrition Fund (PHL-CNF) offers resources to organizations working to expand the availability of fresh and nutritious food to children through federal child nutrition programs in Philadelphia.

Child Care Meals

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal child nutrition program available to help child care centers and home-based providers serve nutritious meals in their programs. Providers who participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) receive federal reimbursement for breakfast, lunch, snack and supper meals.

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Program History

PHL Home-Based Child Care CACFP Grants – February 2022   

In early 2022, PHLCNF awarded 160 grants totaling $400,000 to Family and Group Child Care providers in Philadelphia who participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The awards helped 22 of these providers newly enroll in CACFP.  

PHL Child Care Center CACFP Grants Program – June 2022

In summer 2022, PHLCNF awarded 72 grants totaling $360,000 to Licensed Child Care Centers in Philadelphia to support a variety of needs connected to operating a CACFP meal program, including kitchen equipment (such as deep freezers or refrigerators), the cost of food, and labor for preparing and serving meals. 

Philadelphia Child Care Center New– CACFP–Sponsor Coaching Program (West/Southwest Pilot)

Beginning in summer 2022, a cohort of childcare providers from west and southwest Philadelphia have been receiving coaching from Hope Wellness Solutions to become a newly enrolled sponsor of CACFP. Through this initiative, providers receive coaching to prepare their business to meet the application and ongoing CACFP requirements so that they can be a successful sponsor. Providers also received flexible grants of up to $10,000 or more to support the implementation of their CACFP program.

As an approved CACFP sponsor:

· Centers are provided with reimbursement funding to help your center serve healthy food.

· Centers buy and serve healthy meals and/or snacks, keep track of what is served, then request reimbursement on a monthly basis.

This pilot program is currently closed to new applicants.