Health & Nutrition
Knowing that 650,000 of Georgia’s children are living in poverty and in food insecure households, it should come as no surprise that they arrive at child care ready to eat, not to learn. Children who are undernourished from zero to three years of age cannot learn as much, as fast or as well as their counterparts who are receiving nutritious and balanced meals. It is also well documented that children who struggle with hunger are sick more often, more susceptible to obesity, do not have the ability to concentrate and perform well in school, and are likely to be more aggressive and anxious.
USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program
QCC administers the USDA Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP). The CACFP helps child care programs that demonstrate a commitment to good nutrition by reimbursing them for high quality meals and snacks. QCC plays a critical role by assisting programs through the enrollment and management process.
Evelyn Cookley, Family Literacy Center
Summer Food Program
QCC is a sponsor for the USDA Summer Food Program. This program helps address the “meal gap” issue with many students not having adequate nutritional snacks and meals during the summer months. QCC partners with Open Hand to provide high quality meals/snacks that exceed federal nutritional standards.
Patrice Barlow, S.E.E.D Academy
Chefs for Young Children
This program helps child care providers improve the quality of meals served at their programs. Working directly with small groups of child care program cooks at a local kitchen, the program assists cooks in healthy menu planning, salt/fat content reduction, food procurement, and ways to encourage healthier eating.
QCC also works to raise awareness about pressing childhood hunger issues in Georgia. This includes events such as the “A Place at the Table” film screening, hunger facts in the “Baby Business” advocacy game, and our annual campaigns to raise funds to address the growing summer meal gap (video).