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Four Resources on Milk in the CACFP

August 10, 2022

Serving milk at meals is a requirement of the CACFP, but the type of milk and the quantity can vary based on age. Here are four resources to make sense of it all.

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CACFP participants during story time

Five Foodie Story Books for Your CACFP Site

August 9, 2022

In honor of National Booklover’s Day, here are five fantastic foodie stories to keep stocked at your CACFP childcare site. Don’t miss our bonus recommendations for older kids at the end!

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Activity Inspiration: Nature Walk Four Ways

August 8, 2022

How can childcare providers expose kids to nature while keeping it safe and fun? Lead your CACFP participants on nature walks! Here are four variations of this timeless activity that are sure to refresh and inspire:

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Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the CACFP

August 5, 2022

But what, precisely, are the benefits of breastfeeding? Feeding your baby breastmilk has many benefits, both for parent and child. From physical health to financial health, the list is long:

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9 CACFP Resources for Whole Grain-Rich

August 4, 2022

Whole grain-rich is a touchstone in the CACFP, and for good reason. Here are nine free resources to help with grains and CACFP foods.

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Edelina Lane works on her CACFP garden with CACFP child participants

CACFP Inspire: Lina Lane’s Learning Center

August 3, 2022

Edelina Lane has executed the CACFP with distinction and success since starting her childcare business in 2010.

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Farmers’ Market Field Trip Webinar

July 28, 2022

Learn how to identify, purchase, and serve farmers’ market finds so that your CACFP participants can enjoy fresh flavors of the seasons.

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Special Diets Boot Camp Virtual Event

July 18, 2022

Join us for this 2-day event as we tackle the most common topics surrounding special diets in the CACFP.

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Webinar: Keep Kids Fed Act Overview and Answers

July 5, 2022

Join us for a webinar on July 7, 2022. USDA will provide an overview of the recently enacted Keep Kids Fed Act and additional information for 22-23.

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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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Q&As for Child Nutrition Program Operations in School Year 2021-2022, Q&A #2

September 29, 2021

FNS has provided clarification on questions related to Child Nutrition Program operations during school year 2021-2022.

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Webinar: Ask USDA: Next Steps for Emergency Funding

September 28, 2021

The USDA discusses the Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Cost Reimbursement Program.

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NCA Supports the Establishment of a Hunger Czar and the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger and Health

August 13, 2021

Letter of support delivered to Congressman Jim McGovern.

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Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Programs: Q&As #3

August 11, 2021

FNS has released further instructions and administrative procedures for participation in the Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Programs.

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2021-2022 Cash-In-Lieu Value

July 29, 2021

The USDA has released the cash-in-lieu value of USDA foods for 2021-2022.

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2021-2022 CACFP Reimbursement Rates

July 21, 2021

The 2021-2022 CACFP Reimbursement Rates have been published in the Federal Register.

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CACFP participant drinks from a glass of milk

Four Resources on Milk in the CACFP

August 10, 2022

Serving milk at meals is a requirement of the CACFP, but the type of milk and the quantity can vary based on age. Here are four resources to make sense of it all.

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a CACFP participant in yellow holds a whole wheat piece of bread in front of her face

9 CACFP Resources for Whole Grain-Rich

August 4, 2022

Whole grain-rich is a touchstone in the CACFP, and for good reason. Here are nine free resources to help with grains and CACFP foods.

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Resource Review: Summer Food, Summer Moves

July 25, 2022

Our rundown of Summer Food, Summer Moves, a comprehensive guide to promote wellness at summer feeding sites from the USDA.

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A dry erase board surrounded by fresh fruits and vegetables. The whiteboard says CACFP menu cycle.

Seven CACFP Sample Cycle Menus

July 19, 2022

Here’s the deal: Menu planning is hard work. So, why reinvent the wheel? We’ve got seven sample menu cycles for you to take out for a spin.

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A child leans forward over an empty bowl gazing directly forward

Six Resources for Picky Eaters

July 11, 2022

Picky eating is an issue that has consumed many parents and providers. We’ve got you covered. Check out these six resources for detailed ideas, science, strategies and even activities to help make progress with your picky eater!

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Independence Day Resources and Ideas for CACFP Childcare Sites

June 27, 2022

It may seem daunting to incorporate this holiday in your CACFP childcare site, but it’s easier than you think. In fact, with just a little planning, 4th of July at your CACFP site can be a blast. Check out these resources and ideas to get the party started.

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CACFP participant drinks from a glass of milk

Four Resources on Milk in the CACFP

August 10, 2022

Serving milk at meals is a requirement of the CACFP, but the type of milk and the quantity can vary based on age. Here are four resources to make sense of it all.

Read More
a CACFP participant in yellow holds a whole wheat piece of bread in front of her face

9 CACFP Resources for Whole Grain-Rich

August 4, 2022

Whole grain-rich is a touchstone in the CACFP, and for good reason. Here are nine free resources to help with grains and CACFP foods.

Read More

Resource Review: Summer Food, Summer Moves

July 25, 2022

Our rundown of Summer Food, Summer Moves, a comprehensive guide to promote wellness at summer feeding sites from the USDA.

Read More
A dry erase board surrounded by fresh fruits and vegetables. The whiteboard says CACFP menu cycle.

Seven CACFP Sample Cycle Menus

July 19, 2022

Here’s the deal: Menu planning is hard work. So, why reinvent the wheel? We’ve got seven sample menu cycles for you to take out for a spin.

Read More
A child leans forward over an empty bowl gazing directly forward

Six Resources for Picky Eaters

July 11, 2022

Picky eating is an issue that has consumed many parents and providers. We’ve got you covered. Check out these six resources for detailed ideas, science, strategies and even activities to help make progress with your picky eater!

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Independence Day Resources and Ideas for CACFP Childcare Sites

June 27, 2022

It may seem daunting to incorporate this holiday in your CACFP childcare site, but it’s easier than you think. In fact, with just a little planning, 4th of July at your CACFP site can be a blast. Check out these resources and ideas to get the party started.

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the word hunger written on a chalk board partially erased with an eraser nearby

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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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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Edelina Lane works on her CACFP garden with CACFP child participants

CACFP Inspire: Lina Lane’s Learning Center

August 3, 2022

Edelina Lane has executed the CACFP with distinction and success since starting her childcare business in 2010.

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North Iowa Community Action staff member carries box of CACFP foods

CACFP Inspire: North Iowa Community Action Organization

August 1, 2022

North Iowa Community Action, the CACFP sponsor for nine counties across Iowa, pulled together during the pandemic to maintain food service.

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Three children taste kale at Daybreak Star Preschool with chef Andre Laranang

CACFP Inspire: Andre Laranang of United Indians of All Tribes Foundation

July 22, 2022

Andre Laranang at Daybreak Star Preschool serves meals with indigenous roots and supports many culturally responsive practices in the CACFP.

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CACFP Inspire: Heather Faulkner of Abundant Life Childcare

July 12, 2022

Heather Faulkner cares for her community, and she inspires others to do the same. These attributes especially shone during the pandemic.

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Rachelle Wuellner and two other nutrition workers are dressed up as referees for child nutrition engagement

CACFP Inspire: Rachelle Wuellner, Bunker Hill CUSD8

July 6, 2022

Rachelle Wuellner, food service coordinator at Bunker Hill CUSD8, is a child nutrition superhero–making sure all students are fed with flair.

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CACFP Inspire: Candace Horne of Candy Cane Learning Centers

July 1, 2022

Candy Cane’s Learning Centers have leveraged the CACFP to provide nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of children in the Cook County community.

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