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NCA Condemns Groups Charged with Conspiracy, Fraud Against Nutrition Programs

September 23, 2022

The National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) unequivocally condemns the fraud that Minnesota group Feeding Our Future, and affiliated entities, allegedly committed against federal child nutrition programs.

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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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Activity Inspiration: Act Out the Water Cycle

September 20, 2022

It can often be challenging to get kids to drink the right amount of water they need throughout the day. This fun STEM activity pairs well with a science lesson and encourages interest in drinking water too! Enjoy!

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Four individual CACFP creditable meals from Sunshine Academy

CACFP Inspire: Derek Sego of Sunshine Academy

September 19, 2022

Sunshine Academy is a preschool and daycare with three locations in Utah and the CACFP at its heart. Overseeing it all is Derek Sego.

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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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MyPlate and FNS Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2022

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and MyPlate are highlighting resources available in Spanish, sharing cultural food traditions for Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15.

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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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White House Conference on Hunger Watch Party

September 13, 2022

In September 2022, for the first time in over 50 years, the Biden-Harris Administration will host a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. We’re livestreaming this historic event, and while we watch we’ll chat virtually as the plans for achieving the goals of the Conference Pillars are announced and what it means to the CACFP community.

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Benefits of Membership: CACFP Calendar & Nutrition Training Program

September 12, 2022

Learn more about our CACFP Calendar and Nutrition Training Program at this virtual event. This member benefit is packed with activity pages, parent newsletters, training modules, and more!

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2022 CACFP Virtual Summit

August 11, 2022

Looking for food program training? Join us each day from your home, your office, or your home office between 11:30 am – 3:00 pm Eastern.
We’re bringing you workshops on nutrition, program administration, operations, financial and nonprofit management, and more!

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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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Comment Request – Special Milk Program for Children 

August 12, 2022

Comments are requested regarding the collection of information for the Special Milk Program for Children. Comments regarding this information collection received by August 24, 2022, will be considered.

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CACFP Convening: White Paper and NCA Letter Submitted to White House

August 2, 2022

NCA has compiled feedback and policy priorities into a paper for the White House Conference, along with a letter addressing the Biden-Harris Administration.

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CACFP Reimbursement and Cash in Lieu Rates Released 22-23

July 26, 2022

The USDA has released the Reimbursement and Cash in Lieu Rates for 22-23. Rates are effective beginning July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

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Take Action Today- Support the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act

July 21, 2022

Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) announced the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill of the House Committee on Education and Labor.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Four individual CACFP creditable meals from Sunshine Academy

CACFP Inspire: Derek Sego of Sunshine Academy

September 19, 2022

Sunshine Academy is a preschool and daycare with three locations in Utah and the CACFP at its heart. Overseeing it all is Derek Sego.

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CACFP Inspire: Community Action Council of Lexington, KY

August 26, 2022

Community Action Council of Lexington, Kentucky is a Head Start program and CACFP sponsor for 20 child development sites throughout Kentucky. Laura Sheffield is the Health and Nutrition Director, and she and her staff operate the CACFP with outstanding care and creativity.

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Genia Boutwell outside of Poarch Band of Creek Indians Boys and Girls Club

CACFP Inspire: Genia Boutwell of Poarch Band of Creek Indians

August 22, 2022

Genia Boutwell manages the CACFP meals served through the Poarch Creek Indians Boys & Girls Club, and she’s a champion for child nutrition.

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Wendi Huntley from Connecting Kids to Meals looks inside a cooler stocked with CACFP meals

CACFP Inspire: Wendi Huntley at Connecting Kids to Meals

August 19, 2022

Wendi Huntley is the president of Connecting Kids to Meals in Toledo, Ohio where one out of every four kids faces hunger.

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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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