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CACFP Portable Picnics ($)

Sunny days with a refreshing breeze are a perfect time to take dining outdoors. Learn from our about how to create and safely serve CACFP meals picnic style, with or without a classic checkered blanket. Get new ideas on how to use portable foods for picnicking that meet the CACFP meal pattern.

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Water, Water, Everywhere ($)

Learn about how to keep children and adults hydrated by including water-rich food components in the CACFP. Get thirst-satisfying recipes to help ensure everyone stays safely hydrated during these warm months.

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Brunch for Lunch ($)

Looking for new ideas for your CACFP lunch menu? Why not try brunch for lunch?! Hear about endless possibilities when combining breakfast food favorites and lunch classics. Learn how to navigate brunch related food components in the CACFP and get recipe ideas to use in your child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers.

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Holiday Menu Planning ($)

Holiday Menu Planning in the CACFP? Yes! Healthy and festive. Looking for ideas to replace traditional holiday sweets and treats with healthy and nutritious foods? Want to learn more about what #CACFPCreditable Holiday meals look like among different cultures?

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Giving Thanks: Turkey Talk & More ($)

Want to know what a #CACFPCreditable meal looks like for Thanksgiving? Let’s talk turkey and more! Not serving turkey? We’ll cover meat alternates you can menu plan, favorite sides and whole grain-rich ideas.

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More on Meal Patterns

We’re here to clarify your meal pattern questions! At this free training, we will answer commonly asked questions, show how to access training from USDA Team Nutrition, and explore online resources.

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CACFP Live! with USDA

Join us online as we host Deputy Under Secretary of USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Brandon Lipps, who will share remarks and answer questions from the Child and Adult Care Food Program community.

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COVID Impact on the CACFP

Over 1,200 survey respondents confirmed what many of us already knew: COVID-19 has impacted CACFP operators and child care businesses with severe financial challenges. CACFP operators are in overwhelming need of direct and significant financial aid outside of current program funding. Child care and the CACFP community are on the brink of collapse and facing imminent threat of shutting down without it. Learn more about the impact COVID has had on the CACFP Community.

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Serving Cold Lunches ($)

Cold lunches can be fun and may be a necessity if you are planning a picnic or field trip. In addition to meal pattern requirements, prep time, and cost, overall appearance matters when menu planning cold lunches. We’ll review favorite cold lunch menus and determine if it’s cost effective and desirable for children.

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