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Sponsoring Organizations Well-Positioned to Apply for WIC Outreach Subgrants

January 27, 2023

Apply for WIC outreach funding! Sponsoring organizations are well placed to do great WIC outreach, as they have large networks of providers with whom they can disseminate WIC information. Providers will then have the information they need to share with the families they serve who may be eligible to participate in WIC.

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Meal Pattern Minute: Home-Canned Fruits and Vegetables

January 26, 2023

We’ve covered home-frozen foods, now how about home-canned foods? Are they #CACFPCreditable?

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Nominations Open for the Board of Directors

January 20, 2023

Board members serve a three-year term. Each year, one-third of the board seats are up for election. This year there are four seats to fill.

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Meal Pattern Minute: Home-Frozen Fruits

January 19, 2023

Using frozen fruit is a great way to incorporate out-of-season flavors in your menu planning. But is it #CACFPCreditable if you do the freezing yourself?

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Meal Pattern Minute: Crediting Tomatoes, Avocados and Pumpkins

January 12, 2023

If you wee a botanist, you would say that tomatoes, avocados and pumpkins are fruits because they have seeds surrounded by a fleshy exterior and they grow from the flower of the plant. But does that line up with how they credit in the CACFP?

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Free Webinar: New Year, New Recipes!

January 9, 2023

We are starting 2023 off right with some brand new, CACFP-approved recipes. Join us on Zoom for this fun, free webinar!

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Free Webinar: New Year, New Recipes!

January 9, 2023

We are starting 2023 off right with some brand new, CACFP-approved recipes. Join us on Zoom for this fun, free webinar!

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Webinar: How to Make Your Recipe CACFP Creditable

November 14, 2022

We want you to be empowered to turn any healthy recipe into a creditable one. Join us on Thursday, December 15, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern for How to Credit Recipes in the CACFP.

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Free Racial Justice Webinar with Sesame Street in Communities

October 31, 2022

On Wednesday, November 16 at 2:00 PM EST, the National CACFP Sponsors Association will host Antonio Freitas, MS of Sesame Street in Communities for a free webinar on Racial Justice Resources.

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CACFP Professional Certification Webinar

October 24, 2022

Interested in learning more about how to earn your CACFP Management Professional or the CACFP Child Nutrition Professional designation? Join us for an overview of the program, learn what the qualifications are, and hear how it has impacted CACFP professionals who value these credentials.

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Registration Now Open for 2023 National Child Nutrition Conference

October 6, 2022

It’s official! Registration is now open for the 2023 National Child Nutrition Conference. This year we’re hosting our premier event in sunny San Diego, California, and we can’t wait to see you there.

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CACFP Saturday Summit

September 16, 2022

Looking for training but too busy to fit it in during the week? Join us on a Saturday for continuing education specially designed for CACFP child care providers, center staff, and the Head Start community.

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The Use of Share Tables

June 22, 2016

Reduce waste and improve nutrition by implementing the use of share tables.

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Congressional CACFP Awareness Campaign

January 21, 2016

NCA send postcards to increase the awareness of the benefits and impact of the CACFP.

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CACFP Resource: Serving Snacks

October 28, 2022

Snacks can be a great way to give CACFP participants the nutrients and energy they need between meals. Use this resource to learn more.

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Member Resources: Meal Component Activity Pages

September 9, 2022

NCA Members can download these meal component activity pages. Each activity page includes crafts, games, recipes and more! Theres a page for each meal component in the CACFP.

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Resources for a Healthy, Creditable Breakfast

August 30, 2022

Managing sugar at breakfast time for children is a tall order. If you find that you need a helping hand putting together a low-sugar, creditable breakfast, check out these resources.

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Five Free CACFP Menu Templates for Easy Meal Planning

August 25, 2022

These five CACFP weekly menu templates were designed by us, the National CACFP Sponsors Association, so you can trust that they’re not only tried and true, but also up to speed on the current demands of the CACFP. Use these free fillable menus, and your weekly meal planning will become a breeze. Each one is organized by age, meal, and meal component.

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What’s the CACFP? An Introduction & Resources

August 23, 2022

August 23, 2022 The CACFP is a cornerstone to operations at many child care centers, adult day cares and day care homes. However, many people have never even heard of this crucial program! This blog is for those people. Send this quick guide to parents of children under your care, new employees who are onboarding…

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8 CACFP Resources for Back to School PLUS a Year of Posters

August 16, 2022

With so much on the back-to-school agenda, who has time to hunt down worksheets and resources? We’ve got you covered with seven resources for back to school plus a whole year of free motivational posters to keep your space fresh and fun.

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CACFP Resource: Serving Snacks

October 28, 2022

Snacks can be a great way to give CACFP participants the nutrients and energy they need between meals. Use this resource to learn more.

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Member Resources: Meal Component Activity Pages

September 9, 2022

NCA Members can download these meal component activity pages. Each activity page includes crafts, games, recipes and more! Theres a page for each meal component in the CACFP.

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Resources for a Healthy, Creditable Breakfast

August 30, 2022

Managing sugar at breakfast time for children is a tall order. If you find that you need a helping hand putting together a low-sugar, creditable breakfast, check out these resources.

Read More
Fruits and vegetables spread over a counter top around a blank menu template. The text Five Free CACFP Menu Templates is written over the top.

Five Free CACFP Menu Templates for Easy Meal Planning

August 25, 2022

These five CACFP weekly menu templates were designed by us, the National CACFP Sponsors Association, so you can trust that they’re not only tried and true, but also up to speed on the current demands of the CACFP. Use these free fillable menus, and your weekly meal planning will become a breeze. Each one is organized by age, meal, and meal component.

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A mean stands in front of a blue background with the words CACFP, whole-grain rich, creditable, ounce equivalent and meal component written on the background

What’s the CACFP? An Introduction & Resources

August 23, 2022

August 23, 2022 The CACFP is a cornerstone to operations at many child care centers, adult day cares and day care homes. However, many people have never even heard of this crucial program! This blog is for those people. Send this quick guide to parents of children under your care, new employees who are onboarding…

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a chalkboard with a drawing of an apple tree and yellow school buss. Above it are the words CACFP Back to School Resources.

8 CACFP Resources for Back to School PLUS a Year of Posters

August 16, 2022

With so much on the back-to-school agenda, who has time to hunt down worksheets and resources? We’ve got you covered with seven resources for back to school plus a whole year of free motivational posters to keep your space fresh and fun.

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Study of Nutrition and Activity in CACFP

December 5, 2022

In October 2021 the USDA released a report on the Study of Nutrition and Activity in Child Care Settings (SNACS), which is the first nationally representative, comprehensive assessment of the CACFP.

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Barriers to CACFP Participation

December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022 Providing Meals in Early Childhood Settings report Hunger Free Vermont conducted a statewide survey of early childhood programs in late 2021, seeking to understand what barriers early childhood providers face when it comes to providing food to program participants. The Providing Meals in Early Childhood Settings report identified the most common barriers…

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Problems and Solutions in Food Advertising to Children

September 29, 2022

The 2022 FACTS Report suggests problems in food advertising to children, and the newly issued National Strategy on Hunger may offer a solution.

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Survey Review: 2021 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey

September 22, 2022

This is a broad overview of the newly published findings of the 2021 study conducted by the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems. Read the complete report for an in-depth look at their findings.

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RAPID Survey Findings: Impact of The Pandemic on Hunger

June 29, 2022

This review of the RAPID Survey is from our friends at Food & Research Action Center (FRAC). We agree with their analysis and concern about childhood hunger.

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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 Inspire: Kidz Korner in Payson, Arizona

November 21, 2022

Eleven years ago, Lidia Madrid opened Kidz Korner in Payson, Arizona to see her children and other local children grow up and learn safely in a town where there were limited child care options.

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CACFP Inspire: Shedron Davis of Alpha & Omega Nutrition Program, Inc in Memphis

October 25, 2022

Shedron Davis is the Founder and Executive Director of Alpha & Omega, and her mission is to empower children to succeed through a healthy lifestyle.

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CACFP Inspire: Jessica Coleman of Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens in Virginia

October 20, 2022

Jessica Coleman is the children’s day care supervisor and CACFP manager at Generations, an intergenerational daycare in Virginia.

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CACFP Inspire: Andrea Rivera of Christian Military Academy, Puerto Rico

October 13, 2022

With experience and credentials like hers, it’s no surprise that the Food and Nutrition Services office selected Andrea Rivera to create a new community food service program at the start of the pandemic.

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CACFP Inspire: Kyle Jackson of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County

October 5, 2022

Kyle Jackson is an area director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, and a true leader in executing at-risk after school meal operation

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CACFP Inspire: PATCH

September 28, 2022

People Attentive to Children Hawaii, PATCH, has a straightforward mission: to support and improve the quality and availability of care for the young people of Hawaii. In fact, this mission is stated so plainly that it could be misunderstood as easy when it is simply direct.

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