Melissa and Larry Williams, who provide in-home childcare services, request review of a proposed decision by the Appellee, West Central Community Action (Community Action), who sponsors and administers the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), proposing termination of Mrs. Williams' agreement to participate in the CACFP program and disqualification from future CACFP participation, effective October 24, 2012.
The CACFP is a federal program created by the Agricultural Risk Protection Act, 42 U.S.C. ? 1766, that provides reimbursement for meals and snacks provided to children in daycare homes and centers. To participate in CACFP in Iowa, the home provider must agree to terms and conditions of program participation. One of the conditions of participation that Mrs. Williams agreed to is that she would annually attend a CACFP-related training approved by Community Action.
The regulations governing the CACFP are strict. The rationale for the strictness of the regulations is simple. CACFP is funded by public monies; therefore, a home provider is required to be accountable to the public for how s/he operates. When such accountability is lacking, the public trust is gone, and the sponsor is required to take appropriate action.
The CACFP procedures were followed correctly by Community Action. The evidence presented amply supports a finding that Mrs. Williams failed to permanently and completely correct the seriously deficient practices of failure to participate in training.
The termination of Melissa Williams from the Child and Adult Care Food Program is hereby ordered.