Child Care Food Program

The purpose of the Child Care Food Program is to assist registered homes, family day cares, and group day cares in providing nutritious meals to the children in their childcare facilities. The program provides assistance to the home day care facilities with their monthly food expenses.


Day Care Homes must be licensed or registered to provide nonresidential child care services; and located in the private residence of the provider, or in the occupied or unoccupied private residence of another person or persons which may or may not be rented. Commercial properties are not eligible to participate as a CCFP day care home.


  1. To assure that all children in day care homes are receiving good nutritious meals on a daily basis.
  2. To assure that meals are served in a clean and safe environment and that food is prepared and handled properly.
  3. To assist home day care providers in their meal planning and provide reimbursement for their food expense.

Explanation of Services

The Department of Human Services provides ETHRA with the funds to reimburse licensed and registered Day Care Providers for the cost of meals served to children. Reimbursements may be received for 2 snacks and a main meal or 2 main meals and a snack per day per child.

Providers may participate if they hold a valid day care license from the Department of Human Services or are registered by the state. The license may be valid for a Family Day Care (7 Children) or a Group Day Care (12-15 Children). A registered home can keep 4 children. Children ages 6 Weeks-12 years of age may participate.

Providers may be eligible to claim meals for the children in their own household, in addition to their day care children, if their household income meets the income guidelines provided by the state.

ETHRA offers technical assistance to homes already participating and to providers who would like to participate. The Child Care Food Program works in conjunction with the Department of Health, Department of Human Services and the Fire Marshall's Office.

Number of Persons Served

In the 17 counties, 168 day cares currently participate on the Child Care Food Program.

Client Profile

There are approximately 1,770 children that receive meals monthly on the Child Care Food Program.

Source of Funding

Federal funds are made available through the Department of Human Services.

Counties Served

Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Monroe, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union.

For More Information Please Contact: Veronica Stephens, (865) 691-2551 ext.4229 or by E-mail at .