Just Released: Report on Status of CACFP in Los Angeles
1.15.2011 CFPA has just released A Growing Gap: The Status of the Child and Adult Care Food Program in Los Angeles. The report focuses on the Child Care Food Program, now known as The Child and Adult Care Food Program or CACFP, and participation in Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles County, rates of food insecurity rose from 27.9% to 36.3% among adults between 2005 and 2007. Low-income individuals are vulnerable to the effects of food insecurity, however, low-income households with families are particularly vulnerable. Food insecurity among children is associated with poor cognitive and neural development and chronic illnesses such as obesity. Child care providers can play an important role in relieving food insecurity. Approximately half of all children under the age of five with employed mothers spend at least 35 hours a week in child care. As such, child care is an important setting in which to provide adequate and nutritious food for children who are experiencing or at risk for food insecurity. Sadly, finding accessible, safe, and affordable child care is a major challenge facing parents in Los Angeles County.