Child Care

Nutrition education and reimbursements from USDA for child care providers

Children need to eat foods with the right nutrients in order to be healthy, function and grow as they are meant to, and learn good eating habits that will last a lifetime.

Providers listed with DHS may qualify to receive nutrition education, and reimbursements from USDA for meals fed to children in care. Providers must be at least 18 years old, providing care in their home, preparing meals for children and meet USDA's criteria.

To get started, once you have completed the process of becoming listed as a DHS family child care provider, contact the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program sponsor in your area.

Once you sign up for the program, a program representative will train you in how to serve USDA meals according to USDA guidelines, and keep track of the meals that you serve. They will also train you in how to keep track of the children that you serve, including their in and out times. You send your paperwork to your sponsor at the end of the month and receive a reimbursement check based on the number of qualifying meals claimed.

For more information, contact the USDA Sponsor nearest you. Below is a list of sponsors, their phone numbers and where they are located.

USDA Sponsor List:

BendChild Care Development Services503-489-2509
GreshamChild Care Development Services503-489-2509
RoseburgChild Care Development Services503-489-2509
MilwaukieNorthwest Nutrition Service, Inc.503-653-7626
The DallesNorthwest Nutrition Services, Inc.503-653-7626
Lincoln CountyNorthwest Nutrition Services, Inc.503-653-7626
Yamhill CountyNorthwest Nutrition Services, Inc.503-653-7626
EugeneNutrition First503-581-7563
CorvallisNutrition First503-581-7563
SalemNutrition First 503-581-7563
TillamookNutrition First 503-581-7563
Lincoln CountyNutrition First503-581-7563
Yamhill CountyNutrition First503-581-7563
Coos BayOregon Child Development Coalition541-770-5893
La GrandeOregon Child Development Coalition541-770-5893
MedfordOregon Child Development Coalition541-770-5893