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Flexibilities for Summer 2022 and School Year 2022-23

June 6, 2022

FNS is offering a suite of operational flexibilities that will be available to child nutrition programs for summer 2022 and school year 2022-23.

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Activity Inspiration: Stick Horse Races

June 6, 2022

Stick horse races are the perfect solution to get the blood pumping and jazz up regular foot races, and engage curious minds about horses!

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A Safety Net Unraveling: Feeding Young Children During COVID-19

June 3, 2022

The study proposes critical steps to repair our nation’s fragile ECE system, including greater investment in CACFP, to ensure the nutrition, health, and development of young children during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Taking steps to fix our previous underinvestment in these areas is essential for the nation’s future and recovery from the pandemic.

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CACFP Resource: Family style dining

June 2, 2022

Family style dining encourages learning and development. Here’s a resource to implement this practice at your CACFP site.

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What is Child Nutrition Reauthorization

June 1, 2022

Every five years, Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) provides Congress with an opportunity to improve and strengthen the child nutrition and school meal programs. It hasn’t happened since 2010. What does that mean for us?

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Summer Series Webinar: Water, Water, Everywhere

May 31, 2022

It’s summer time, this means children and adults are outside enjoying the sunshine but watch out for that heat!

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Summer Series: CACFP Portable Picnics

June 22, 2022

Sunny days with a refreshing breeze are a perfect time to take dining outdoors.

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CACFP Convening for White House Conference

June 14, 2022

Join us on Zoom Friday, June 17th for a Q&A that we will use to share feedback to the White House for the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. This opportunity to collaborate and amplify our concerns on the issues facing us and our participants can play a critical role in this national conversation.

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Summer Series Webinar: Water, Water, Everywhere

May 31, 2022

It’s summer time, this means children and adults are outside enjoying the sunshine but watch out for that heat!

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Summer Series Webinar: Brunch for Lunch

May 6, 2022

Looking for new ideas for your lunch menu? Why not try brunch for lunch?!

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CACFP Halftime: Serving Adult Participants

April 6, 2022

This webinar will highlight how the CACFP meal pattern for adults provides flexibilities to allow program operators to plan meals that best meet the needs of their adult participants. Meal service options, dietary needs of this population, and meal modifications will also be discussed. Attendees will have a chance to submit questions to the presenters and check their knowledge through interactive polling questions.

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CACFP Inspire Awards Finalists Announced

March 7, 2022

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.

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Questions and Answers Regarding the 2022 Infant Formula Shortage

June 24, 2022

The ongoing infant formula shortage due to supply chain issues, which worsened due to a major formula recall in February 2022, has left many CACFP operators concerned about access to formula and their options for safely feeding infants in their care. Food and Nutrition Service has developed the following Questions and Answers to support CACFP operators and their families during the infant formula shortage.

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Take Action Today – Support the Keep Kids Fed Act

June 23, 2022

TAKE ACTION NOW to support increased reimbursement for CACFP and the extension of the area eligibility waiver for family childcare homes. Call your Senators TODAY, then call your House Member and urge them to “Vote Yes” on the Keep Kids Fed Act, which will provide much-needed relief to providers and families across the country

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Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data by Visual Observation and Identification in CACFP– Questions and Answers

June 13, 2022

This memorandum provides clarification on questions
related to the collection of race or ethnicity data now that
visual identification of race and ethnicity is no longer an
allowable practice in the Summer Food Service Program
(SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program
(CACFP).

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Flexibilities for Summer 2022 and School Year 2022-23

June 6, 2022

FNS is offering a suite of operational flexibilities that will be available to child nutrition programs for summer 2022 and school year 2022-23.

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Area Eligibility for Summer 2022 and School Year 2022-2023

May 19, 2022

This memo provides guidance to State agencies as they transition from COVID-19 nationwide waivers related to establishment of area eligibility in the child nutrition programs, including CACFP, for summer 2022 and school year 2022-2023. Child Adult Care Food Program operators must use data from October 2019, unless the National School Lunch State agency elects a month other than October to establish area eligibility.

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Updated Nondiscrimination Statement and “And Justice for All” Poster  

May 16, 2022

Effective May 5th, 2022, USDA released updated Nondiscrimination Statement Guidance. As a result of recent Supreme Court decision, State agencies and program operators must use the new updated nondiscrimination statement and new “And Justice for All” poster.

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Resource: Reading food labels for CACFP approved childcare menus

June 7, 2022

Free printable resource to help you understand nutrition labels for childcare menu planning and an easy incorporation of CACFP approved foods.

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CACFP Resource: Family style dining

June 2, 2022

Family style dining encourages learning and development. Here’s a resource to implement this practice at your CACFP site.

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How to celebrate Memorial Day at your CACFP site

May 27, 2022

From poignant to playful, CACFP sites have many options for Memorial Day to meet the tastes of adult and child participants alike.

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CACFP Resource: Best Practices for Menu Planning

May 17, 2022

Menu planning is more than logistics. Check out this resource from the USDA on the artful side of a balanced menu.

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New Spanish Language Resources from USDA

April 23, 2022

As part of National Nutrition Month® has released many professional and consumer resources for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 in Spanish.

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Why do we need iron? NCA Member Resource

February 7, 2022

Download this members-only info sheet on iron, or join NCA today to gain access to incredible resources like this!

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Five brightly colored cereal boxes show food labels

Resource: Reading food labels for CACFP approved childcare menus

June 7, 2022

Free printable resource to help you understand nutrition labels for childcare menu planning and an easy incorporation of CACFP approved foods.

Read More
an open notebook and pen sit amongst meal components

CACFP Resource: Family style dining

June 2, 2022

Family style dining encourages learning and development. Here’s a resource to implement this practice at your CACFP site.

Read More

How to celebrate Memorial Day at your CACFP site

May 27, 2022

From poignant to playful, CACFP sites have many options for Memorial Day to meet the tastes of adult and child participants alike.

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an open notebook and pen sit amongst meal components

CACFP Resource: Best Practices for Menu Planning

May 17, 2022

Menu planning is more than logistics. Check out this resource from the USDA on the artful side of a balanced menu.

Read More

New Spanish Language Resources from USDA

April 23, 2022

As part of National Nutrition Month® has released many professional and consumer resources for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 in Spanish.

Read More

Why do we need iron? NCA Member Resource

February 7, 2022

Download this members-only info sheet on iron, or join NCA today to gain access to incredible resources like this!

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A Safety Net Unraveling: Feeding Young Children During COVID-19

June 3, 2022

The study proposes critical steps to repair our nation’s fragile ECE system, including greater investment in CACFP, to ensure the nutrition, health, and development of young children during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Taking steps to fix our previous underinvestment in these areas is essential for the nation’s future and recovery from the pandemic.

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Significant differences found in CACFP and non-CACFP childcare sites

May 9, 2022

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that childcare sites participating in CACFP are more likely to provide nutritious food and beverages compared with non-CACFP sites

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CACFP Inspire: Fausat Rahman-Davies, Rialto USD Child Nutrition

June 8, 2022

Fausat Rahman-Davies is on a mission to improve child nutrition in Rialto through her work with the CACFP and her pandemic innovation.

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CACFP Inspire: Tammy Rowland NW Arkansas Family Child Care Home Association

May 26, 2022

Tammy Rowland is the Administrator of the Northwest Arkansas Family Childcare Association, and a star advocate for CACFP providers.

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CACFP Inspire: Lina Araiza Flores

May 13, 2022

Lina Araiza Flores at Child-Parent Centers, Inc plans creative menus to meet the needs of multiple delivery channels in southeastern Arizona.

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Lisa Mack Presented with Service Award at National Conference

April 27, 2022

Lisa Mack was surprised with an award for her decade of dedicated service as the Executive Director of the NCA at the National Child Nutrition Conference.

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Get Inspired: CACFP Inspire Award Winners Named

April 20, 2022

The NCA named winners in the CACFP Inspire Awards which celebrate the incredible individuals and organizations who reimagined and executed the CACFP during the pandemic, especially those who overcame public health challenges and went above and beyond expectations to continue to provide for the children and adults they serve.

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Cindy Long Named Friend of CACFP

April 19, 2022

Cindy Long, USDA Food and Nutrition Services Administrator, will be presented with the Friend of CACFP award at the 2022 NCNC.

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