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The National CACFP Sponsors Association Friend of CACFP Award honors and recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting and improving the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program through leadership, initiative, advocacy, legislation, education or professional endeavors that exemplify a positive impact or advancement of the program.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is a prominent national leader known for her ability to build coalitions to get things done for our country. She serves as Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, and as a senior member of the Finance, Energy and Budget Committees, giving her a powerful and unique role to play in shaping our nation’s manufacturing, agriculture, health care and energy policies, so critical to our future. She is a strong advocate for food programs, and supported the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which improved the quality of meals available and provided better access to nutrition for children in schools and at day cares. She also sponsored the AFTERSchool Meals Act to expand afterschool meal programs to all 50 states. Her 2014 Farm Bill, which expands access to local healthy foods and support for community gardens, was recently signed into law and will help families put more healthy, fresh and local foods on their kitchen tables. She is a true champion for food and nutrition.
The 2014 Friend of CACFP award is being presented to Senator Stabenow for her tireless efforts to improve the lives of America’s children, for her leadership in the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and her efforts to set new nutrition standards for all
meals served in the CACFP.