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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 


Home-Based Child Care Meals

Home-Based Child Care (HBCC) operators provide learning opportunities and care to small groups of children inside their homes. Some families prefer this type of setting for early childhood education, and these small businesses often offer care during non-traditional hours.   

Home-based providers can participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and receive federal reimbursement for breakfast, lunch, snack and supper meals served in their program.  

PHL Home-Based Child Care CACFP Grants – Winter 2022 

Family and Group Child Care providers in Philadelphia who participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) can apply for one-time grants of $2,500 for their meal programs. Grants can 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.  

These grants are available to current CACFP participants, and home-based providers that are currently registering to participate in CACFP through one of four state-approved Family Day Care CACFP Sponsors.  

Applications will be available on January 10, 2022 and due on February 11, 2022. Interested applicants should review the FAQ in English or Spanish and start an application here.  

  • CACFP 101 Webinar for Home-Based Child Care: Are you a Family or Group Home provider in Philadelphia interested in participating in CACFP? Listen to the recording of an information webinar from January 12, 2022. 

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Peer Mentoring Support 

Owners and Directors bring an incredible amount of expertise and skill to operate a successful CACFP meal program in their home, including menu-planning and shopping (often for 2-4 weeks at a time for bulk items and shelf-stable ingredients), record-keeping for federal compliance requirements, and cooking and preparing multiple nutritious and delicious meals each day.  

In addition to direct grant awards, during the application process providers can request to participate in a peer mentor relationship. Experienced providers can apply to offer expertise in one or multiple areas to a mentee. New CACFP participants, or those who would like to gain additional guidance and skills, can request to be matched with a peer. 

Reinvestment Fund staff will do our best to match mentors and mentees, and work with both to create a short plan of work during the first few months of 2022. Support relationships will operate for an estimated 10 hours during spring and summer 2022, and mentors will receive $500 for their support of peers and completion of deliverables.