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March 2018
CACFP | Afterschool | Summer Food
National Conference April 2018

Join attendees from across the country for training, networking, and more! Register by March 15th to take advantage of standard registration fee rates.
Agenda & Programming
National CACFP Week
How are your celebrating CACFP Week? 

Next week, join providers, sponsors, state agencies, and the entire child nutrition community to promote awareness of the CACFP. We've got the resources to make it easy for you! 
CACFP Week Materials

Robin Paul and Senta Hester
NCA Goes to Washington
NCA President Senta Hester and Board Secretary Robin Paul visited with Senators to talk CACFP during Lobby Day -- an integral part of the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference each year. 

Senators Klobuchar and Boozeman recently introduced S.Res.405 - A resolution designating the third week of March 2018 as "National CACFP Week" and we are humbled by their continued commitment to children across the country.

Board Vice President, Kati Wagner, Policy Chair, Vicki Lipscomb, and Treasurer Melissa Moore also spent the day on the Hill visiting with Congressmen.

Spring Parent Provider Connection

Get this Parent Provider Connection flyer to give to providers, centers, and families. Share recipes, physical activities, crafting ideas, and CACFP awareness.

Tools & Resources
Menu Planning
Thoughtful menu planning will ensure healthy, balanced and nutritious meals. The USDA has outlined the five basic steps of careful menu planning. Get a copy of this handout designed to share with child care providers.

Meet Margaret Oberg, CACFP Provider

Early on, Margaret Oberg knew her calling in life was to take care of children. "I feel very lucky and blessed. I have the opportunity to watch children discovering and growing. It's not all just developmental stages, I get to see their little personalities too."
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Policy Updates
CACFP Memos & Notices
In January, two memos were released by the USDA:

Market Basket Analysis when Procuring Program Goods and Modifying Contracted-For Product Lists 

In February, the USDA extended the comment period for the Food Crediting in Child Nutrition Programs Request for Information. We encourage everyone to take action an share your thoughts with USDA. Deadline is April 23, 2018. 

Model Comment Letter 

In March, The USDA and Health and Human Services are asking for public comments on the topics and scientific questions to inform our development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Public comment welcome through March 30th. The National CACFP Sponsors Association will be providing guidance in the near future.

Priorities Matter

#MarchCalendar Inspiration

National Ally Spotlight
Read Aloud Month

Feeding the heart and mind are as important as feeding the body! Download posters, images, and a parent connection handout to promote reading aloud.

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March 15, 2018 Webinar
Serving Meat and Meat Alternates at Breakfast

Join USDA's Team Nutrition to learn more! Practice what you've learned, answer scenario-based questions for a certificate of completion and continuing education credit toward your CACFP Professionals Certification.

Board of Directors Nominations

The National CACFP Sponsors Association has three, at-large seats up for election this year to serve on the Board of Directors. Deadline for Nominations is March 7, 2018.

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