Hear from the USDA
Get the latest news and education directly from the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA will provide numerous training opportunities at this year's conference.
Wednesday, April 20 | 9:15 am - 10:15 am Central
Featured Session: USDA CACFP Policy Update (Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session)
Hear from USDA as they present an overview of new and revised policy guidance for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and share a state-of-the-state update of the CACFP. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including the Child and Adult Care Food Program which is crucial to ensuring children have access to nutritious foods and where healthy eating becomes a habit.
Thursday, April 18 | 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Central
Featured Session: USDA SFSP Policy Update (Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session)
Hear from USDA as they present an overview of new and revised policy guidance for the Summer Food Service Program and share a state-of-the-state update on SFSP program developments, policy, and guidance. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including the Summer Food Service Program which is crucial to ensuring year-round access to foods for children.
USDA Town Hall
Thursday, April 21 | 7:15 am - 7:45 am Central (Hybrid Onsite/Virtual Session)
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service team values feedback. Take some time to visit with them and share your thoughts and ideas for their consideration. Ask questions and offer suggestions. Your participation is welcome!
Andrea Farmer, MS, RD, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Alice McKenney, MS, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Kristen Hyatt, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
USDA Listening Sessions
Come share your knowledge about what’s working in the CACFP, where you need more support, and what type of resources you need.
Listening Session for Sponsoring Organizations | Wednesday, April 20 | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Listening Session for State Agencies | Thursday, April 21 | 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday, April 19 | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Central
Join the USDA for this interactive session on the new Crediting Handbook for CACFP. We will review the ins and outs of each of the five required meal components, discuss both creditable and non-creditable food items, and engage the audience in hands-on crediting exercises. You won’t want to miss it! ~ CEU Specialty 1
Wednesday, April 20 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Central
Are you in a quandary about the SD process? Get an overview of the serious deficiency process, hear about the most common errors in responding to serious deficiencies, and better understand the elements of the appeals process and role of the hearing official. ~ CEU Specialty 4
Wednesday, April 20 | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Central
Farm to early childcare can help foster children’s learning and exposure to new foods. Learning opportunities can increase the curiosity of young minds, and their familiarity with new foods. Hear how to use available resources to employ simple nutrition education activities and get children excited about new foods. ~ CEU Specialty 1
Wednesday, April 20 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Civil Rights 101: Compliance with Civil Rights Requirements
The session will address the Civil Rights training requirements as outlined in FNS Instruction 113-1 , Civil Rights Compliance and Enforcement – Nutrition Programs and Activities. State agency staff who interact with program applicants, participants and potentially eligible individuals and those persons who supervise front line staff must receive annual Civil Rights training. This session will fulfill this requirement. ~ CEU Specialty 7
Learn tips and best practices on the preparation of an acceptable administrative budget. Topics will include the importance of strategic planning, using historical financial information to develop the budget, determining what expenses are allowable/ unallowable, identifying staffing requirements, how excess administrative funds affect the budget and updating the budget throughout the year. ~ CEU Specialty 5
Wednesday, April 20 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Central
Now that you know the basics of how to develop an administrative budget, this session will dive into details and best practices about how to tailor a budget to your CACFP operation. ~ CEU Specialty 5
Thursday, April 21 | 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm Central
Discover how to use Team Nutrition and Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) resources to understand and apply CACFP meal pattern requirements, identify creditable foods, and plan cycle menus. Attendees will learn how to incorporate menu planning principles such as balance, variety, contrast, color, and appearance when creating nutritious and appealing menus for CACFP meals and snacks. ~ CEU Specialty 2
Thursday, April 21 | 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Central
Accommodating Participants with Disabilities in Community Meals
Get requirement updates related to accommodating participants with disabilities participating in CACFP, as required by Federal law, USDA regulations and the Policy Memorandum, Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program to ensure equal access and opportunity. ~ CEU Specialty 7