TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher will mark Child and Adult Care Food Program Week with visits to Circle of Friends Inc. in Springfield in Union County and Acelero Learning Center — Middlesex/Monmouth County in North Brunswick Tuesday morning.
Secretary Fisher will be joined by Department of Agriculture Division of Food and Nutrition Director Rose Tricario as well as officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Each of the locations will be given a CACFP Achievement Award by the USDA for their outstanding work.
Circle of Friends Inc. feeds approximately 100 adults breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day through the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The Acelero Learning Center in North Brunswick feeds approximately 60 children per day and the nine Acelero Centers feed nearly 1,000 children daily, also through the CACFP.
The CACFP provides meals and snacks to 142,727 eligible participants at shelters, day care centers, family day care homes, after-school care programs and adult day care centers under 686 sponsors in New Jersey. The program is federally funded and administered by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Gov. Murphy proclaimed March 17-23 as Child and Adult Care Food Program Week in New Jersey, based on National CACFP Week, a national education and information campaign sponsored annually by the National CACFP Sponsors Association. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of how the Child and Adult Care Food Program works to combat hunger and bring healthy foods to the table for adults in day care and children in child care homes, centers and in afterschool feeding programs across the country.
— New Jersey Department of Agriculture