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.

For questions and inquiries, please contact Reynaldo Green, VP of Health & Nutrition, at reynaldo.green@qualitycareforchildren.org.

USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program

Quality Care for Children Child Care Food ProgramQCC 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.

We learned so much about the preparation of the food and how it affects the children. We now know that what and how you serve food is directly tied to  children’s mental and physical growth. If a child is hungry, he can not focus or learn and many of our kids do not get good meals until they come to us. Since we began working with QCC, we have seen a noticeable improvement in the children’s attitudes as well as that they are excited and open to trying different foods. Read more. 

Evelyn Cookley, Family Literacy Center

Summer Food Program

Quality Care for Children Summer Food ProgramQCC 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.

Most of the children who attend our summer camp receive free or reduced lunch during the school year, and we know that there is a real need for them to continue to have healthy food during the summer. It’s important to us to focus on the whole child so we make health and wellness a daily topic, but we knew that we could not stress to them the benefits of healthy eating if we turned around and served them processed chicken patties for lunch. Without QCC, we would not be able to provide such a quality food service without encumbering the cost.  Read more.

Patrice Barlow, S.E.E.D Academy

Chefs for Young Children

Quality Care for Children Chefs for Young ChildrenThis 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.

Awareness Campaigns

A Place at the TableQCC 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).