(Clearwater, FL – November, 2013) December 1st, Family Resources, Inc., a U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Sponsoring Organization will begin providing food support to licensed child care providers in Pasco County through the Florida Department of Health’s – Child Care Food Program. The agency currently provides this program in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.
Family Resources, Inc. has built its organization’s mission around the tenet of strengthening families and building better communities by providing prevention, support and counseling services to children, teens and families. Expanding services to Pasco County will enable licensed child care providers to take part in this program.
Jane Harper, President/CEO of Family Resources, Inc. said that, “Providing well-balanced, nourishing and wholesome meals to children is such an important foundational goal for our society. Good health and healthy eating habits are an integral part of everyone’s future success.”
The Child Care Food Program is a federally funded USDA program that reimburses child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to enrolled, eligible children. Meals will be available at no separate charge to all participants, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
The Child Food Program encourages children to build healthy habits for life. Parents seeking child care in Florida are encouraged to enroll their children in facilities that participate in this program.
Family day care home providers who wish to enroll their own children in the Child Care Food Program in their home must complete an income statement and be determined eligible based on income at or below the reduced-price income eligibility guidelines.
For more information about Family Resources and their ongoing efforts and programs, visit www.family-resources.org. Interested parties may obtain the names and locations of participating family care homes by contacting Family Resources, Inc., 727.521.5200.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County are the primary funding sources for Family Resources.
About Family Resources:
Family Resources, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the children, youth and families in Pinellas County since 1970 and Manatee County since 1992. Accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services since 1996, Family Resources is recognized as the agency to turn to in the event of a family relationship crisis. Programs are designed to encourage the personal development of children and youth while working to strengthen and support healthy relationships among family members. Safe shelter, counseling, education, outreach, and appropriate referral and follow-up services are delivered in an atmosphere of caring, giving and acceptance. Family Resources’ mission is to strengthen families and build better communities by providing prevention, support and counseling services to children, teens and families.
About the USDA Child Care Program:
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, all institutions that participate in the Child Care Food Program are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339, or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.