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What is the Child Care Food Program?
The Child Care Food Program is a United States Department of Agriculture program designed to help children receive nutritious, well-balanced meals. The program is available to children under the age of 13 who are in licensed family childcare homes. Beanstalk acts as an umbrella sponsor for over 800 licensed family childcare homes throughout the region. The program is also administered in Beanstalk centers. The meals must meet the standards established by the USDA. Beanstalk staff regularly monitor homes and centers for compliance, offer technical assistance and training.

Who is eligible for the Beanstalk Food Program?
Any licensed family childcare provider is eligible to participate in the Child Care Food Program.

How can family childcare providers participate?
The following criteria must be followed in order to qualify for the program. The provider must:

  • Be licensed

  • Be willing to serve meals that meet USDA requirements

  • Have at least, one (1) child in care

  • Keep accurate and up-to-date records

  • Submit CCFP records monthly

  • Be available during meal times for monitoring reviews and to meet with Program representatives

  • Participate in annual training as well as on-going training



  • Home School: Must submit copy of home school registration for 2015-2016 school year.

    Private Schools: Must submit school calendars for 2015-2016 school year.

    Grade Changes: Must submit Kindergarten to First Grade movement on CIF form.

    Starting School: Children starting Kindergarten and which session AM, PM, Full Day, please indicate this on CIF form.

    New Enrollments: Be sure to choose the correct School District and School Track, there are several that look similar and some that have more than one school track.

    Now Enrolling Trust Line Providers

    In addition to our Licensed Providers, Beanstalk is now accepting and enrolling Trust Line Providers. If you are a Trust Line or Licensed Provider and would like to participate on the Child Care Food Program, or if you have any questions about the program you
    can call our office at (916) 344-6259 and ask for the Food Program Department. Trust Line Providers must have their Trust Line Clearance and Self Certification Paperwork
    to enroll on the program.

  • Food Program Sign-Up Form

What are the benefits of the Child Care Food Program?

  • Reimbursement to the family childcare provider for partial cost of meals that are served to children in their care

  • On-going assistance from professional staff

  • Reduce food purchasing cost

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    Each time you refer a fellow child care provider who enrolls in our program and submits a claim, you will receive a free gift.
    For more information you can call our office at: (916) 344-6259

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    Licensed Family Child Care Providers:

    Reimbursement for a portion of your food costs is now just a "click" away!

    All you need is - a computer, printer, Internet access and a few minutes each day.

    FLASH!!!      File your next food claim over the Internet

    We have begun taking Providers into On-line "Web Based" Food Claim Program. This
    means if you were not able to install the software on your computer for one reason or another, this is for you.

    A) No software to install
    B) Windows based platforms only are supported (providing you have
        Internet access and Internet Explorer® version 6.0 or higher)

    How to proceed

    A) Get in touch with us. See contacts below.
    B) Set aside about 10 - 15 minutes with a phone call setup session
        (appointment needed.)
    C) Must have a way to be on the Internet and on the phone simultaneously.
    D) If you're pretty comfortable using a computer, just sign up below and
        we can Email you instructions how to log-in and file your claim without phone or
        classroom training.

    Internet Food Program Claiming Sign Up Form

    For more information contact
    Call (916) 344-6259

    Free Training, materials and workshops
    Free Record Keeping System for your

    Free Nutrition Handouts
    Professional, multi-lingual staff


    Prompt payment
    (issued within 5 business days of reimbursement to Beanstalk from the State)

    USDA and California Department of Education sponsored since 1973
    USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer


How does a family childcare provider apply for the program?
Call Beanstalk Food Program at (916) 344-6259.

Food Program Information Lines:
(916) 779-3999

Staff will schedule an individual orientation meeting to explain the program and answer any questions that you may have. Or providers may attend a Friday group orientation at the Beanstalk office.

Program goals for the Food Program.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing 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.”

Note: The protected classes for CACFP remain unchanged. They are race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

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