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Guadalupe Center applies for USDA food program at new campus

Guadalupe Center will participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child Care Food Program at its new van Otterloo Family Campus for Learning in Immokalee.

The USDA’s “Child and Adult Care Food Program” is a federal program that reimburses child care centers that provide nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children. The Child Care Food Program also provides reimbursements for meals and snacks served to students participating in after-school care programs. Public or private nonprofit child care centers, after-school care centers, Head Start programs and other licensed institutions are eligible to participate in the federal program.

The van Otterloo Family Campus for Learning, located on Westclox Street in Immokalee, consists of two buildings on nine acres. The Early Childhood Education Building features 12 classrooms and accommodates 154 students aged 6 weeks to 5 years old in the nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program. The adjacent Brynne & Bob Coletti Hall is home to Guadalupe Center’s out-of-school-time programs, including dedicated learning space for the 117 Immokalee High School students in the college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program.

Students who attend Guadalupe Center’s Morgridge Family Early Childhood Education Campus, The Martin Foundation Campus at Lake Trafford Elementary and Monaghan Family Early Childhood Education Campus are already eligible for meals and snacks through the USDA program.

“Guadalupe Center is known for its strong academic programs, but that is just one part a child’s overall development,” said Dawn Montecalvo, president of Guadalupe Center. “Providing nutritious meals and snacks ensures our students are getting their recommended vitamins and minerals, and that helps grow their minds and bodies.”

Each day, an estimated 4.2 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through the USDA Child Care Food Program. Guadalupe Center serves more than 1,750 students annually through its three education programs: Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and Tutor Corps Program.

About Guadalupe Center
Guadalupe Center is a purpose-driven nonprofit organization with proven success in creating endless possibilities for the students of Immokalee through education, as well as fostering personal and academic success that leads to economic independence. Established in 1984, Guadalupe Center is a premier, education-focused organization that delivers outstanding results: 95% of students in the nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program meet or exceed kindergarten readiness standards; 100% of students in the After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program demonstrate significant gains in reading and math; and 100% of seniors in the college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program graduate from high school and are accepted into college, with more than 94% ultimately earning a college degree. With a mission to break the cycle of poverty through education, Guadalupe Center serves more than 1,750 students annually and is generously supported by private donors, philanthropic organizations and community partners. For more information, please visit GuadalupeCenter.org or call 239-657-7711.

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