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Meal Pattern Minute: Disability-Accommodated Food from Home

March 1, 2024

If a parent of a child with a disability provides all food components for a meal, can the provider be reimbursed for the meal?

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Upcoming Virtual Events

February 29, 2024

Check out these virtual events coming up at NCA!

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National CACFP Sponsors Association Joins the Conversation at the Food is Medicine Summit 

February 28, 2024

On January 31st, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted their first ever inaugural Food is Medicine Summit. Over 400 health leaders joined the summit in Washington, D.C., including President and CEO of the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA), Lisa Mack.

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Blake Stanford

February 26, 2024

Blake Stanford is the President of Southwest Human Development Services which serves over 850 family child care homes across Texas. Learn why Blake thinks Southwest Human Development Services is a successful sponsor.

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Meal Pattern Minute: Tomato-Based Pizza Sauce

February 23, 2024

Can you credit tomato-based pizza sauce as a vegetable component?

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Celebrate Leap Day!

February 23, 2024

Leap Day is coming up on February 29. What is a leap year and how can you celebrate it with the children in your care?

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Upcoming Virtual Events

February 29, 2024

Check out these virtual events coming up at NCA!

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100 More Scholarships!

February 7, 2024

100 More Scholarships! February 7, 2024 While we have already awarded 15 scholarships to attend the National Child Nutrition Conference, April 22-26, we are thrilled to announce that we’re opening up applications for even more scholarships! We’ll be giving away up to 100 scholarships, which is over $50,000 dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities for the…

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Upcoming Virtual Events

February 1, 2024

Check out these virtual events coming up at NCA!

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Scholarship Recipients Announced for #NCNC24

January 30, 2024

Seven in-person and eight virtual scholarships have been awarded from the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) for the 2024 National Child Nutrition Conference.

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Join the Community in Celebrating National CACFP Week

January 11, 2024

National CACFP Week is March 10-16, 2024. Here’s how you can participate and enter to win fabulous prizes.

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Scholarship Recipients Announced for SFSP Boot Camp

January 9, 2024

Eighty individuals were named a recipient of a scholarship to attend the Summer Food Service Boot Camp on January 17.

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Proposed Rule: Serious Deficiency Process in the CACFP & SFSP

February 21, 2024

USDA released a proposed rule for updating the Serious Deficiency process in the CACFP and SFSP. The rule proposes updates that would redefines serious deficiency, allows for full correction and removal of serious deficiencies, and extends the process to CACFP unaffiliated centers and SFSP sponsors.

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Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas Questions and Answers 

February 21, 2024

USDA released guidance updating their Question and Answer document for rural non-congregate summer meals. Read the updated guidance.

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State agency Monitoring in the SFSP

February 14, 2024

USDA released guidance to clarify the new criteria States must consider when determining with SFSP sites require pre-approval visits. Read the guidance.

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CACFP Sponsoring Organizations: Vital to Getting Nutritious Meals to Children

February 8, 2024

Family child care homes, who are vital to the child care system, especially in rural areas, could lose access to nutritious meals in some states due to the decline in sponsoring organizations.

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FY 2024 Reallocation of SAE Funds in Child Nutrition Programs

February 6, 2024

USDA released a memo providing information state agencies need to conduct the FY 2024 reallocation of State Administrative Expense (SAE) funds in the child nutrition programs (CNPs).

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Updated Instructions for the SAE Recovery Process and SAE Financial Status Report

January 24, 2024

USDA released CACFP guidance for state agencies on changes to SAE funds and how they are tracked and reported.

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More Native Foods Added to the Food Buying Guide

September 6, 2023

The Child and Adult Care Food Program has new creditable foods listed on the USDA Food Buying Guide! If you are new to the FBG, this interactive tool allows for easy display, search, and navigation of food yield information. In addition, users can compare yield information, create a favorite foods list, and access tools, such as the Recipe Analysis Workbook (RAW) and the Product Formulation Statement Workbook.

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We’re Expanding Our Spanish-Language Resources!

August 2, 2023

The Child and Adult Care Food Program community asked for more Spanish resources to be available on the National CACFP Sponsors Association website and we heard you! Available now in Spanish are more resources to help sponsors and providers with meal pattern requirements, best practices, and so much more!

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Program Comparison Chart: CACFP At-Risk Afterschool and SFSP

June 21, 2023

Serving meals to young people year-round benefits children, families, and care providers. To do this, many providers transition from operating the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool (ARAS) during the school year to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) while school is out. For an overview of the main differences between SFSP and CACFP ARAS, see the comparison chart below.

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NCA Support as Covid-19 Flexibilities Come to an End

June 16, 2023

NCA understands that the end of flexibilities will cause challenges for many CACFP sponsors and providers and we commend your continued commitment to providing nutritious meals and snacks to the children or adults in your care. In preparation for the end of the additional reimbursement, we have collected the following resources to help you successfully provide meals even if your available budget decreases.

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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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Meal Pattern Minute: Disability-Accommodated Food from Home

March 1, 2024

If a parent of a child with a disability provides all food components for a meal, can the provider be reimbursed for the meal?

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Meal Pattern Minute: Tomato-Based Pizza Sauce

February 23, 2024

Can you credit tomato-based pizza sauce as a vegetable component?

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Meal Pattern Minute: Crediting Bean/Pea Noodles as Meat/Meat Alternate

February 16, 2024

How can you credit pasta noodles that are made from beans or peas?

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Meal Pattern Minute: Lactose-Free Milk

February 9, 2024

Is lactose-free milk also dairy free?

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Meal Pattern Minute: Sugar in Muffins and Sweet Crackers

February 2, 2024

The CACFP has sugar limits for breakfast cereals and yogurt – what about other foods that can be high in sugar, like muffins and sweet crackers?

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Meal Pattern Minute: Tomato Soup

January 26, 2024

Can store-bought tomato soup be credited as a vegetable in the CACFP?

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More Native Foods Added to the Food Buying Guide

September 6, 2023

The Child and Adult Care Food Program has new creditable foods listed on the USDA Food Buying Guide! If you are new to the FBG, this interactive tool allows for easy display, search, and navigation of food yield information. In addition, users can compare yield information, create a favorite foods list, and access tools, such as the Recipe Analysis Workbook (RAW) and the Product Formulation Statement Workbook.

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We’re Expanding Our Spanish-Language Resources!

August 2, 2023

The Child and Adult Care Food Program community asked for more Spanish resources to be available on the National CACFP Sponsors Association website and we heard you! Available now in Spanish are more resources to help sponsors and providers with meal pattern requirements, best practices, and so much more!

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Program Comparison Chart: CACFP At-Risk Afterschool and SFSP

June 21, 2023

Serving meals to young people year-round benefits children, families, and care providers. To do this, many providers transition from operating the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool (ARAS) during the school year to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) while school is out. For an overview of the main differences between SFSP and CACFP ARAS, see the comparison chart below.

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NCA Support as Covid-19 Flexibilities Come to an End

June 16, 2023

NCA understands that the end of flexibilities will cause challenges for many CACFP sponsors and providers and we commend your continued commitment to providing nutritious meals and snacks to the children or adults in your care. In preparation for the end of the additional reimbursement, we have collected the following resources to help you successfully provide meals even if your available budget decreases.

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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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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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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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Blake Stanford

February 26, 2024

Blake Stanford is the President of Southwest Human Development Services which serves over 850 family child care homes across Texas. Learn why Blake thinks Southwest Human Development Services is a successful sponsor.

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Laura McCabe

February 19, 2024

Laura McCabe is the Director of KidCare Nutrition Sponsor which sponsors about 115 family child care homes in northeastern Colorado. Learn why she thinks KidCare is a successful sponsor and get tips that might be helpful to you.

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Christina Flythe

January 18, 2024

Christina Flythe is the Health and Nutrition Director at the Child Care Council of Suffolk which sponsors over 270 family and group child care homes. Learn why she thinks they are a successful sponsor and get tips that might be helpful to you.

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Hmong Reflections on the CACFP 

November 20, 2023

This article by the Hmong American Farmers Association presents highlights of Hmong in-home early care providers’ feedback on the benefits of enrollment, recommendations on how CACFP could work best for them and suggestions for improvement to the program.

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Congressman Landsman Visits Ohio Child Care

October 9, 2023

Last week Congressman Greg Landsman visited Loving Kindness Education and Learning Center in his home district to announce the introduction of the Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act. The act would support child care providers who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) across the nation by increasing their reimbursements for serving nutritious meals to those in their care.

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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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