CACFP History from 1853-1974

  • 1913 - 30 cities had school food service programs, usually operated by private charities.  This was started in 1853 by the Children's Aid Society of New York;
  • 1930's federal government began providing aid to assist with the school food service programs;
  • 1946 - National School Lunch Program (NSLP) was established after the 79th Congress passed the National School Lunch Act;
    • 1946NSLP policies were established such as:  Free or reduced-priced lunches served to children that couldn't pay full price, a non-profit program, lunches had to meet nutritional requirements, and program should use donated food;
  • 1962 - Child Nutrition Act Passed by the 89th Congress.
  • 1965 CACFP was born from a pilot program called "Special Food Service Program" that served non-residential centers in areas with a significant number of working mothers and low income areas.
  • 1968 - Congress began the Child Care Food Program (CCFP).  The goal was to improve nutritional status and prevent disease in children attending centers as part of the Child Nutrition Program.  Again, the focus was for low income areas and areas with a significant number of single working mothers.  Meals were to be available to all children and had to meet nutritional requirements.

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