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July 2017
USDA UPDATE: Graham Crackers Allowed in New Meal Pattern
The USDA has issued a policy memo to provide flexibility in the service of grain-based desserts under the new meal pattern. Graham and animal crackers are now allowable components.
New Meal Pattern Materials: Reference Card, Magnets, Notepad

We're printing 100,000 copies and member agencies can get FREE New Meal Pattern Reference cards to distribute to providers. We also have companion magnets and 25-page notepad available. Showcased and shared at the annual national conference, these popular materials are being subsidized by the National CACFP Sponsors Association so you can get these into the hands of your CACFP Program participants. 
CACFP Creditable

With the new meal patterns that go into effect October 1, 2017, we know it can be hard for program participants to determine which food products are #cacfpcreditable. We are working on developing a resource page of creditable foods for providers, centers, and afterschool programs. Stay tuned!
Afterschool Meals: Showcasing CACFP at School Nutrition Association Conference

Board and staff worked the School Nutrition Conference last week promoting CACFP to schools nationwide. While talking with our team, these two New Yorkers made a call to their agency to start implementing CACFP at various sites. Welcome to the food program! 

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Celebrate Friendship Day 

This August, take time to celebrate friends! NCA has created activity newsletters for member organizations to share with child care providers and centers for both their use and for them to share with families -- connecting CACFP to quality child care. To distribute, simply click on the newsletter, save the file to your desktop and email them directly to your providers or print and deliver them at your next visit. 
Budget Now. Save the Dates!
Join the child nutrition community for an amazing few days of training, networking, and professional growth in San Antonio, TX next April. 

Over 120 workshops, 50 exhibitors, networking and general sessions all on the Riverwalk! 

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Industry Partner Welcome

Food Services Group is a community nutritional management consulting group. FSG's focus is improving health and quality of life through integration of programs affiliated with food, nutrition, nutrition education, counseling, physical assessments, health & wellness, management and food policy. Our philosophy is bringing management efficiency to community nutrition programs and food service divisions. Creating healthier communities one program at a time. Learn More

New Meal Pattern Training Tools
These colorful and engaging materials from USDA can be used to empower Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers and operators with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to implement the updated CACFP meal pattern requirements that are effective starting October 1, 2017.
Yogurt Worksheet English | Spanish
Cereal Worksheet English Spanish
Milk Worksheet English | Spanish

USDA Team Nutrition Develops CACFP Recipes Using Summer ProduceU
Check out these chef-developed and kid approved recipes. Make them at your family child care home or center; there are yields for 6, 25, and 50 servings. Crediting information is provided to help you incorporate the recipes into the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program meal patterns.
CACFP Job Board
Do you have a job opportunity in your child nutrition program you would like to share with the CACFP Community? Please contact us and we'll get a short summary and link to your application posted on our website. Email Job Posting

Looking for a position? Check the listings.

Be sure to get a competitive advantage and get your CACFP Professional Certification!  Learn More 

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