The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families announced the creation of the Farm to Early Care and Education project, bringing the farm-to-table movement to childcare programs across Wisconsin. The project specifically targets vulnerable populations of children who have the least access to healthy food.
WCCF partners for the project’s implementation include the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, the University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, Supporting Families Together Association and Community GroundWorks. The project is funded by a $150,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich.
"All kids deserve to eat healthy food," said Ken Taylor, executive director of WCCF. "Many young children get the majority of their calories in the childcare setting and a large portion of these children come from low-income families where they may have a limited access to nutritious food. That’s why it’s important that childcare centers are providing healthy foods — something that isn’t happening enough. This program will help improve children’s health and support Wisconsin’s farmers by promoting local, fresh food in early care and education programs.”
The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families is a multi-issue policy research and advocacy organization promoting statewide polices that ensure a safe and healthy future for every child in Wisconsin. For more information, visit wccf.org.