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USDA Food Program

Midwest FAQs

Midwest Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to enroll in the Food Program or to join Midwest?
No, there is no cost to join Midwest or any USDA Food Program sponsor.

Is there software to make my child care job easier? What is the charge?
Yes. Midwest makes the software available for FREE to all providers who submit claims electronically.

Is there an application process to start?
Contact our office and we will get you in touch with a Field Representative in your area that who will get you started.

What is my Field Representative’s role? 
Your Field Rep is available to provide you with one on one support both over the phone and during visits to your home or center which happens a minimum of three times a year. Of course you can always call our friendly office staff who are also happy to answer your questions. All food programs are required to follow the same USDA regulations for conducting home visits.

Would my Field Representative visit my home and spend time with me and the kids? Or, would it be just a quick visit to make sure I'm following the guidelines?
Your area Field Representative is required to follow up on specific regulations during the monitoring visit. Since the same Field Rep will conduct your visit each time, your visit will be customized to fit you and your child care program needs. Some providers prefer to have our Field Reps come in and out quickly while others prefer more time to converse and get to know each other.

What areas of Nebraska do you serve?

Counties Served
Adams, Antelope, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Johnson, Kearney, Lancaster, Madison, Merrick, Otoe, Phelps, Pierce, Platte, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Stanton, Washington, Wayne, Webster, York

How much reimbursement will I earn? 
Reimbursement rates change annually and are set by the USDA. All food program sponsors reimburse at the same rates.

The amount of reimbursement you receive depends on:


  • the number of meals you serve
  • the number of kids in your care
  • your Tier 1 or Tier 2 determination*

*Tier determination is based on: the area you live in, your household income, or the income of the families you serve. Contact Midwest for more information on your Tier determination.


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