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CACFP Inspire Awards Finalists Announced

March 7, 2022

Inspire Awards Conference

We have read incredibly inspiring stories about the innovation, collaboration, and community service all of you in the CACFP community offered over the past two years. It's not surprising that we received over 500 nominations for the CACFP Inspire Awards from folks across the country. We know that there are thousands of people and organizations who have been working tirelessly through the pandemic to provide meals and comfort to those they serve.


Here are the finalist for the 2022 CACFP Inspire Awards! The winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at the National Child Nutrition Conference.

Community Award Finalists

Recognizes an individual or organization who went above and beyond, and served their community throughout the pandemic.


Christina Yutai Guo, Happy Living Adult Care - Colorado


Charles Coe, Incredible Kids Learning Center - Pennsylvania


Rebekah Dawson, Feeding the Gulf Coast - Alabama, Mississippi & Florida


Angie Hughes, Life360 Community Services - Missouri

Trailblazer Award Finalists

Recognizes an individual or organization who successfully implemented innovative ideas and continued to administer the CACFP during the pandemic.


Culinary Arts Staff & Hillary Wheeler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside - California


Brooke Wolf, Quality Care Services - Kansas


Shawntelle Fisher, The SoulFisher Ministries - Missouri


Kenyatta Chandler, Houston Independent School District - Texas

Collaboration Award Finalists

Recognizes an individual or organization who partnered with local organizations to fulfill the needs of the CACFP during the pandemic.


Children's Hunger Alliance - Ohio


Children's Village Indianapolis - Indiana


Melinda Aponte, YWCA of Asheville - North Carolina


Nutrition Staff, Educational Opportunities for Children and Families - Washington