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Multiple CACFP COVID Flexibilities are Ending Soon

March 31, 2023

Many of the waivers and flexibilities created during the pandemic for CACFP operators are expiring soon or have already expired.

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Meal Pattern Minute: Whole Grain-Rich

March 30, 2023

Whole Grain-Rich (WGR)! What does it mean?

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Fruit, Vegetable, and Sugar Sweetened Beverage Intake Among Children

March 28, 2023

In February 2023, the CDC released state-level data on fruit, vegetable, and sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) intake among young children. The data was collected through a 2021 national survey in which respondents were asked three questions about children aged 1–5 years regarding the frequency of consuming fruits, vegetables, and sugar-sweetened beverages during the preceding week. The report found that many young children between ages 1 and 5 years old are not eating fruits and vegetables each day and are regularly drinking SSBs.

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2023 National Child Nutrition Conference Receives 21 Hours of Approved Credits from Commission on Dietetic Registration

March 27, 2023

Attendees of the 2023 National Child Nutrition Conference can receive up to 21 hours of CEUs, accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

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Helping Schools Feed Kids Act of 2023

March 27, 2023

Earlier this month, a bill was introduced to the House of Representatives to extend the additional 10 cent reimbursement in the CACFP through school year 2023-2024. If this bill is passed, the additional 10 cent reimbursement would be implemented through June 30, 2024.

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Meal Pattern Minute: Beef Jerky Sticks

March 24, 2023

Beef jerky sticks can be a quick and tasty snack, but are they creditable in the CACFP?

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2023 National Child Nutrition Conference Receives 21 Hours of Approved Credits from Commission on Dietetic Registration

March 27, 2023

Attendees of the 2023 National Child Nutrition Conference can receive up to 21 hours of CEUs, accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

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Free Webinar Child Nutrition Programs Proposed Rule: Revisions to the CACFP and SFSP Meal Patterns

February 15, 2023

The USDA released a document with proposed revisions to Child Nutrition Programs’ meal patterns in order to be consistent with the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We’re partnering with USDA and other organizations to host a webinar on how these proposed changes would impact the CACFP and SFSP. After the webinar, we’ll be hosting our own Q&A session for our NCA members and their feedback.

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Scholarship Recipients Announced for #NCNC23

February 14, 2023

Fifteen scholarships have been awarded from the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) for the 2023 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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National CACFP Week is Coming Up – Are You Ready?

January 31, 2023

National CACFP Week is March 12-18,2023. What can you do to celebrate?

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CACFP Required Annual Training FY2023

January 31, 2023

The CACFP plays a vital role in nutrition equity for children and adults in centers and day care homes by providing access to healthful meals. Sponsors and providers are critical for the continued success of this program. The required annual training in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a critical component in…

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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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Multiple CACFP COVID Flexibilities are Ending Soon

March 31, 2023

Many of the waivers and flexibilities created during the pandemic for CACFP operators are expiring soon or have already expired.

Read More

Helping Schools Feed Kids Act of 2023

March 27, 2023

Earlier this month, a bill was introduced to the House of Representatives to extend the additional 10 cent reimbursement in the CACFP through school year 2023-2024. If this bill is passed, the additional 10 cent reimbursement would be implemented through June 30, 2024.

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Comment Requested – Revisions to Meal Patterns Consistent with the 2020 DGAs

March 23, 2023

Based on feedback from our members, NCA has developed model comments to help you provide feedback to USDA about the Proposed Rule regarding changes to meal patterns to be consistent with the 2020 DGAs.

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National CACFP Week Resolution Introduced in the House of Representatives

March 14, 2023

Today, March 14, 2023, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), along with cosponsors, introduced a resolution to designate the third week of March 2023 as National CACFP Week.

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Guidance on Performance Standards, Budgets, and Management Plans in the Summer Food Service Program

March 7, 2023

In September 2022, FNS published the Final Rule: Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the SFSP. Compliance with the provisions of the rule must begin by May 1, 2023. The USDA released a memo to provide guidance for state agencies and program operators on SFSP performance standards, budgets, and management plans which were aligned with other child nutrition programs through the final rule.

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Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023: Effect on Child Nutrition Programs

March 3, 2023

Summer EBT will provide EBT benefits on an ongoing basis to low-income children during the summer months to ensure continued access to meals and snacks when school is not in session. For 2024, benefits are an amount equal to $40 per month per eligible child during the summer operational period.

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New Feature Available on the Exhibit A Grains Tool

March 22, 2023

The Exhibit A Grains Tool has a new feature that allows users to select their Program and Meal to filter the search results to only creditable grain items for their specific Program.

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New Factsheet for ECE Providers from the CDC

March 16, 2023

CDC created three new fact sheets for Early Care and Education (ECE) providers about Early Child Nutrition and Feeding. The fact sheets offer tips and best practices for supporting breastfeeding families, information about safe storage and handling of breastmilk, and strategies for introducing solid foods.

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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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New Feature Available on the Exhibit A Grains Tool

March 22, 2023

The Exhibit A Grains Tool has a new feature that allows users to select their Program and Meal to filter the search results to only creditable grain items for their specific Program.

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New Factsheet for ECE Providers from the CDC

March 16, 2023

CDC created three new fact sheets for Early Care and Education (ECE) providers about Early Child Nutrition and Feeding. The fact sheets offer tips and best practices for supporting breastfeeding families, information about safe storage and handling of breastmilk, and strategies for introducing solid foods.

Read More

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.

Read More

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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Fruit, Vegetable, and Sugar Sweetened Beverage Intake Among Children

March 28, 2023

In February 2023, the CDC released state-level data on fruit, vegetable, and sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) intake among young children. The data was collected through a 2021 national survey in which respondents were asked three questions about children aged 1–5 years regarding the frequency of consuming fruits, vegetables, and sugar-sweetened beverages during the preceding week. The report found that many young children between ages 1 and 5 years old are not eating fruits and vegetables each day and are regularly drinking SSBs.

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Experiences of Early Child Care and Education Operators During the Pandemic

February 1, 2023

In December 2022, the Indiana University CACFP Project Team released a report describing the child nutrition and care provision experiences among early care and education (ECE) stakeholders, sponsors, and center directors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study was conducted in four states and a variety of ECE stakeholders participated. The study identifies six common experiences among ECE stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Facilitators and Barriers to FCCH Enrollment in CACFP

January 30, 2023

In December 2022, the Indiana University CACFP Project Team released a report describing the facilitators and barriers to CACFP participation by family child care homes (FCCHs). The report concludes with suggestions for potential strategies to promote participation in the CACFP by FCCHs. The study was conducted in two states, Arizona and New York, that have varying levels of CACFP participation. The study outlines the facilitators and barriers to FCCHs’ enrollment in CACFP and recommends a few strategies to increase participation.

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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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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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