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2023 NCNC Single Line 37th Left White with Drop Shadow

April 10-14, 2023

San Diego, California

CACFP · Afterschool Meals · Summer Food

Featured Sessions

Don't miss these must-see sessions! Sessions marked in orange are hybrid onsite/virtual, so attendees in San Diego catch them live while our virtual attendees will be able to watch live via Zoom. Both onsite and virtual attendees can watch all hybrid sessions on-demand through May 15, 2023.

CACFP Professional Certification Program Overview
Monday, April 10 | 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm 
Interested in learning more about how to earn the CACFP Management Professional or the CACFP Child Nutrition Professional designation? Join NCA board members to hear why the program was started, what the qualifications are and next steps to getting the certification complete.

Presented by Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association


Navigating the Conference Q&A
Monday, April 10 | 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Learn more about what to expect, how to navigate the schedule and where you need to be to get the most out of the 2023 national conference. We’ll make sure you are able to walk away from this jam-packed, five-day conference with new insights and knowledge to use and share with colleagues back in the office.

Joining virtually? We’ve got you covered with a session right before this one! Join us on Zoom from 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm for Navigating the Virtual Sessions Q&A.

Presented by Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association


CACFP Creditable Resources
Tuesday, April 11 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am & Friday, April 14 | 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Learn about 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 for use in your program and to share with your community.

Presented by Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association


Sunrise Session: Wake Up with NCA
Wednesday, April 12 | 6:00 am - 7:00 am
If you’re on the East Coast, then you’re already up, and if you’re an early bird on the West Coast, then you’re in luck! We’ve got coffee for you, so join us for our sunrise session as we answer your common questions about meal patterns, policy, monitoring and more.

Presented by:
Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association
Alexia Thex, MEd, National CACFP Sponsors Association


USDA CACFP Policy Update
Wednesday, April 12 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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


NCA Annual Meeting *by invitation only
Wednesday, April 12 | 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Members of the National CACFP Sponsors Association are invited to attend our annual meeting to learn about where the organization is today, hear from candidates for the NCA Board of Directors and find out what we have planned for the future. Our mission is to provide you with education resources, training opportunities, and guidance on federal programs policies.

Presented by Lisa Mack, National CACFP Sponsors Association


USDA's Actions to Promote Nutrition Security
Dr. Sara Bleich, the first Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity, will provide an overview of USDA’s actions to promote and elevate nutrition security. She will explain what nutrition security is and how it intersects with health equity and structural racism. She will highlight USDA’s four pillar approach to tackling food and nutrition insecurity and highlight activities and opportunities specific to CACFP.

Presented by Sara Bleich, PhD, USDA


Lunch & Learn: Keynote Speaker
Thursday, April 13 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Keynote Speaker TBD


Building Healthy Bodies with the Foods We Serve
Thursday, April 13 | 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

In your role, you play a critical role to ensure that all children have access to healthy foods. Those foods play a major role in providing the nutrients kids need as they grow and into adulthood. Learn what fruits, vegetables, grains, meat/meat alternatives and fluid milk do for the body.

Presented by Isabel Ramos-Lebron, MS, RDN, LD, National CACFP Sponsors Association


More About CACFP: Ask Us Anything!
Friday, April 14 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Don’t go home with unanswered questions. Get the information you need from our experienced panel and make sure you take home knowledge to impact your program.

Presented by:
Alix Pasillas, CMP, CCNP, Food for Kids
Annetta Rutland, CMP, CCNP, 4C for Children

Denise Andrews, CMP, CCNP, For the Children, Inc.


CACFP Professional Certification Q&A
Friday, April 14 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Are you ready to earn your CACFP Management Professional or the CACFP Child Nutrition Professional designation but need more information? Bring your questions about certification requirements, acceptable documentation, and the application process.

Presented by Elizabeth Sherman, National CACFP Sponsors Association