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Activity Inspiration: Dicey Weather!

May 20, 2022

This fun activity is the perfect game to create in advance and store away for a day that the weather keeps your group inside!

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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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Maintaining your CACFP Garden

May 18, 2022

This is part 3 of a multi-part series on gardening in the CACFP. This segment is all about garden maintenance.

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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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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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Problem solving the formula shortage

May 16, 2022

The spring formula recall and pandemic supply chain challenges have created an infant formula shortages. Here are some strategies to help.

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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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Watch the CACFP Week At-a-Glance Webinar!

February 23, 2022

Discover how you can celebrate and raise awareness during this week-long campaign. We’ll walk you through all the free resources we have at cacfpweek.org, as well as the exclusive nutrition education materials our NCA members can download.

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Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2022 NCNC

February 11, 2022

Fifteen scholarships have been awarded from the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) for the 2022 National Child Nutrition Conference. Through the scholarship program, NCA is honored to recognize the professionals who are dedicated to ensuring that our nation’s most vulnerable populations have access to nutritious food.

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Network with #NCNC22 Exhibitors

February 10, 2022

Looking to network with NCA’s Conference partners? Plan to visit the Exhibit Hall during networking hours to interact with exhibitors such as General Mills, Mushroom Council, and KidKare by Minute Menu.

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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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USDA Seeks Public Comment on Questions for Future Dietary Guidelines

April 22, 2022

As the first step in the development process of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2025-2030, the USDA is releasing proposed scientific questions for public comment.

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2022 NCNC USDA Policy Update

April 21, 2022

During the 2022 Child and Nutrition Conference, the USDA held a policy update session.

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National CACFP Week Recognized in Congressional Resolution

March 15, 2022

Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced a bipartisan resolution that will honor caregivers and their efforts to reduce hunger by recognizing National CACFP Week 2022, which is celebrated March 13-19.

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NCA Joins other Nationwide Organization to Request for the Extension of USDA Nationwide Waiver Authority

January 27, 2022

The extension of the waivers is needed to continue to provide the needed flexibilities to support providers and sponsors during this ongoing pandemic.

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Mighty Mushroom Info Sheet

April 8, 2021

Download this free info sheet on the power of mushrooms for your center or home.

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Member Resource: Healthy Birthday Choices

February 4, 2021

Download these members-only healthy birthday recipes or join NCA today to gain access to incredible resources like this!

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Member Resource: Serving Vegetables Raw vs. Cooked

February 4, 2021

Download this members-only resource on the nutritional benefits of serving vegetables fresh versus cooked.

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Member Resource: Muffin Tin CACFP Recipes

February 4, 2021

Download these members-only muffin tin recipes or join NCA today to gain access to incredible resources like this!

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Member’s Resources: Chopstick trainer and Chinese New Year

February 1, 2021

Download these members-only resources: a fun activity on learning to use chopsticks and activity sheets on Chinese new year!

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CACFP Resource: Healthy Cooking Methods

February 1, 2021

Download this free CACFP resource on healthy cooking methods for variety in your meal pattern and staying within CACFP guidelines.

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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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Charcuterie for CACFP: NCA Member Resource

February 7, 2022

Download this NCA members-only info sheet on incorporating a charcuterie board and aligning it to meal patterns.

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Resource Child Nutrition Program Service During the Pandemic

December 16, 2021

Published in December 2021, this USDA resource offers strategies and tips for school pandemic meal delivery options.

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Printable Handout: Identifying Gluten Free

May 17, 2021

Download this free printable CACFP handout on identifying gluten free.

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