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Child Care Food Program

Assists 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.

Child Care Food Program

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.

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.

We offer 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.

Program Quick Stats


Children fed last year


Meals reimbursed last year


Veronica Stephens
Program Director
(865) 691-2551 ext 4229


Grant through Department of Human Services

Helping to Serve


Counties Served

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