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WV caretaker gets paid to feed children healthy meals

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Suzanne Sigman's home transforms into a daycare during the day, as the caretaker of six children.

"You know they're like my own grandchildren," said Sigman.

She organizes for everything, including "snack time."

"We do breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack," said Sigman.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program through Central Child Care of West Virginia Inc. is helping her pay for the meals.

"It just covers it totally, covers everything, we plan out our meals and have it all planned out, and it covers all those expenses."

If you are like Suzanne and take care of children that don't live in your home, you can get money back for feeding them healthy foods.

You get paid per child, per meal, up to six children.

For example, you may get around $2 for feeding a child a healthy lunch.

You have to go by USDA guidelines.

"That makes the difference whether you're giving them what they need to have or whether you are just throwing them a cracker or a juice or something," said Sigman.

Suzanne has to report her menus to Central Child Care every month.

To make sure people like Sigman are being honest about the food they're feeding, Central Child Care does random checkups.

"We keep in close touch with them so it is a little harder to take advantage of and we actually see children, if we don't see the children, we'll come back more, unannounced," said Program Director Sarah Davis.

Suzanne said the program is making it easy to feed kids healthy meals.

The program is offered state-wide.

Central Child Care of West Virginia INC serves Boone, Clay and Kanawha counties.

To find out more information on how to get involved, visit: http://wvde.state.wv.us/nutrition/cacfp.html