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2022 National Child Nutrition Conference

April 18-22 2022 | New Orleans, Louisiana

CACFP · Afterschool Meals · Summer Food

Virtual Sessions

Unable to join us this year in New Orleans? No problem! We're offering a virtual option to the 2022 National Child Nutrition Conference that will give you three days of virtual training from April 19-21, 2022. Attend the sessions live through Zoom, or watch them on-demand until May 15, 2022.

 

If you'll be joining us in New Orleans, your registration fee also includes all virtual sessions, which you can attend onsite or watch on-demand.

Tuesday, April 19

8:00 am - 9:00 am Central

CACFP Creditable Resources for Professionals 

Learn about the nutrition education resources which are available free-of-charge, including the guides for Identifying Whole Grain-Rich, determining sugar content in cereals and yogurt, and which milk to serve in the CACFP. Create your own toolkit of meal pattern materials and nutrition education flyers to use in your program and share with your community.

Presented by: Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association

 

9:15 am - 10:15 am Central

More on Meal Patterns 

We’re here to clarify your meal pattern questions! We’ll answer commonly asked questions, show how to access training from USDA Team Nutrition, and explore additional resources. ~ CEU Specialty 2

Presented by: Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association

 

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm Central

National Conference General Session

What you do matters! When we all come together in one room with one focus, you can be sure you’ll leave knowing that your role is as important as any other in ensuring that all children will have access to healthy foods. This session is strategically planned with speakers who will motivate us and remind us why we work to support our nation’s most vulnerable populations.

 

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Central

Crediting Basics and Beyond: An In-Depth Look at the Crediting Handbook for the CACFP 

Join the USDA for this interactive session on the new Crediting Handbook for CACFP. We will review the ins and outs of each of the five required meal components, discuss both creditable and non-creditable food items, and engage the audience in hands-on crediting exercises. You won’t want to miss it! ~ CEU Specialty 1

Presented by: USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

Wednesday, April 20

7:15 am - 7:45 am Central

CACFP Inspire Awards 

 

8:00 am - 9:00 am Central

Learning Institute: CACFP 100 

Don't know what CACFP or SFSP even mean? Are you brand new to child nutrition food programs? Do you run one program and are thinking about sponsoring another? Do you provide services or resources for food program operators and want an entry-level understanding of how they impact children across the country? Attend this lecture-style institute to learn the basics of how these food programs provide healthy food access for children in child care, afterschool, out-of-school time and during summer.

 

9:15 am - 10:15 am Central

Featured Session: USDA CACFP Policy Update 

Hear from USDA as they present an overview of new and revised policy guidance for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and share a state-of-the-state update of the CACFP. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including the Child and Adult Care Food Program which is crucial to ensuring children have access to nutritious foods and where healthy eating becomes a habit.

Presented by: USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

 

10:30 am - 11:30 am Central

Eat. Create. Cultivate. Fun with Food Through Positive Mealtime Experiences 
Come learn ideas and tools providers can use to implement positive mealtimes. Topics include Smarter Mealtimes, examining picky eaters' behaviors while identifying tips for creating adventurous eaters and engaging child participation in the kitchen. Leave with strategies, recipes and activities that engage children of any age! ~  CEU Specialty 1

Presented by: Kate Abernathy, CCNP, CMP, LDN, MS, RDN, Providers Choice

 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Central

Coming Soon

 

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Central

CACFP Administrative Budgets

Learn tips and best practices on the preparation of an acceptable administrative budget. Topics will include the importance of strategic planning, using historical financial information to develop the budget, determining what expenses are allowable/ unallowable, identifying staffing requirements, how excess administrative funds affect the budget and updating the budget throughout the year. ~ CEU Specialty 5

Presented by: USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

 

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Developing a CACFP Budget 

Now that you know the basics of how to develop an administrative budget, this session will dive into details and best practices about how to tailor a budget to your CACFP operation. ~  CEU Specialty 5

Presented by: USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

Thursday, April 21

7:15 am - 7:45 am Central

USDA Town Hall

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service team values feedback. Take some time to visit with them and share your thoughts and ideas for their consideration. Ask questions and offer suggestions. Your participation is welcome!

Presented by: USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

 

8:00 am - 9:00 am Central

Coming Soon

 

9:15 am - 10:15 am Central

Smart & Creditable Snacks 

Snacks are an essential part of daily meal plans and fill a gap for energy and nutrients needed for play, learning, and growth. Chef Brenda will demonstrate easy to prepare, kid-friendly snacks that meet the CACFP snack meal pattern. Receive ready-to-go snack recipes, tips for encouraging kids to try new foods and kitchen hacks for easy snack preparation. ~ CEU Specialty 1

Presented by: Chef Brenda Thompson-Wattles, LD, RDN, BLT Food & Nutrition LLC

 

10:30 am - 11:30 am Central

Coming Soon

 

1:15 pm - 3:30 pm Central

CACFP Menu Planning 101: Two-Hour Session

Discover how to use Team Nutrition and Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) resources to understand and apply CACFP meal pattern requirements, identify creditable foods, and plan cycle menus. Attendees will learn how to incorporate menu planning principles such as balance, variety, contrast, color, and appearance when creating nutritious and appealing menus for CACFP meals and snacks. ~ CEU Specialty 2

Presented by: USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff

 

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Central

USDA SFSP Update 

Hear from USDA as they present an overview of new and revised policy guidance for the Summer Food Service Program and share a state-of-the-state update on SFSP program developments, policy, and guidance. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including the Summer Food Service Program which is crucial to ensuring year-round access to foods for children.

Presented by: USDA Food and Nutrition Service Staff