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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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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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Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data by Visual Observation and Identification in CACFP– Questions and Answers

June 13, 2022

This memorandum provides clarification on questions
related to the collection of race or ethnicity data now that
visual identification of race and ethnicity is no longer an
allowable practice in the Summer Food Service Program
(SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program
(CACFP).

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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.

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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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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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Christina Yutai Guo Named CACFP Inspire Community Award Finalist

April 12, 2022

When the pandemic struck, Guo elevated her efforts to provide culturally responsive care and connections to her seniors.

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Children’s Village Indianapolis Named CACFP Inspire Collaboration Award Finalist

April 11, 2022

Children’s Village Indianapolis efforts to unite with other organizations to provide care have made it a finalist for the Inspire Collaboration Awards.

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Children’s Hunger Alliance Named CACFP Inspire Collaboration Award Winner

April 10, 2022

Children’s Hunger Alliance robust use of organizational values opened the door for an array of community collaboration.

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Shawntelle Fisher of SoulFisher Ministries Named Finalist of CACFP Inspire Trailblazer Awards

April 4, 2022

Fisher innovated and pushed through boundaries to support her community elevate her services to an often-overlooked demographic, leading to her inclusion as a finalist for the Inspire Trailblazer award.

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Brooke Wolf of QCS Named CACFP Inspire Trailblazer Award Winner

April 3, 2022

Brooke Wolf of Quality Care Services is named a finalist in the Trailblazer category of the Inspire Awards for her joyful innovation.

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