We're bringing training to your office! We heard from many who were planning to attend our National Conference and were looking forward to annual training, so we partnered with some amazing speakers to bring you your favorite workshops.


► Summit Welcome & Policy Update


 ► Healthy Eating from Head to Toe 


 ► Feeding Infants: What, When, and How

► 10 Tips for Successful Taste Tests with Young Children


► CACFP and Head Start Food Service Regulations


► Applying a Racial Equity Lens to Recommendations for CACFP and SFSP

 ► Civil Rights 101: Compliance with Civil Rights Requirements


► Flawless Audits: Managing Your CACFP Sponsorship


► Facilitating Compliance in Your At-Risk Afterschool Program

► Schools as Afterschool Meals Sponsors, Sites, and Vendors


► Creditable Meals in the CACFP: Be in the Know


► Child-Friendly Menu Planning Using Seasonal Foods

► Extending CACFP Beyond the Classroom


► Family Style Meal Service and Head Start Performance Regulations


► Summer Meals: Leveraging Mobile Solutions in Rural Communities

► Procurement in the CACFP


► Food Allergies & Special Diets


► Methods to Becoming a Great Leader

► Developing a CACFP Budget


► Grant Writing 101



11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Summit Welcome & USDA Policy Update
We'll welcome you to the 2020 Virtual Summit, share good news, and hear from USDA as they present an overview of new and revised policy guidance for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).


Lisa Mack
Executive Director
National CACFP Sponsors Association
Lisa works with the board of directors to develop and implement the long-term operating plan to ensure the growth and success of the National CACFP Sponsors Association. Central to that plan is managing member relationships, resource and product development, training and conference programming, and partnership development. She has a BBA from Pace University.


Angela Kline
Director, Program and Policy Development Division
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Angela is the director of policy and program development with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. She has presented at numerous national conferences including the 2016 conference where the New Meal Patterns were announced and the 2018 and 2019 conference as a featured speaker.


Andrea Farmer, MS, RD
Branch Chief, Community Meals Policy and Program Development Division
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Andrea’s responsibilities are the CACFP and the summer meal programs. Prior to her role as branch chief, she served as a nutritionist and led a USDA effort to create resources and guidance materials for CACFP. Before joining FNS, Andrea found her passion for the child nutrition programs as a compliance specialist with the Florida Child Care Food Program.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Procurement in the CACFP
Get an overview of federal procurement regulations and practical tools on how to execute successful procurement measures.


LaMonika Jones, MEd, GCPA
Procurement and Purchasing Compliance Officer
Bright from the Start: GA Dept. of Early Care and Learning
LaMonika has over 10 years of purchasing experience. She provides technical assistance on procurement and purchasing to over 700 CACFP providers and 90 SFSP providers. Prior to joining Bright from the Start, she was the purchasing administrator for a metro-Atlanta minority woman-owned business managing the government purchasing schedule. LaMonika is a Georgia Certified Purchasing Associate.


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Food Allergies & Special Diets
Learn how to identify the top 8 sources of food allergens, recognize the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance, understand documentation requirements for CACFP claims, discover how to properly prepare an allergen safe meal, and develop menus that accommodate food allergies and special diets.


Salome Pemberton, RDN, CCNP, CDN
Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist
NY Enrichment Group
Salome works with early childhood programs throughout New York City. She is passionate about encouraging nutritious foods at a young age to help children obtain a healthy lifestyle. She has experience advising programs on CACFP creditable meals and counseling families on ensuring diets are nutritionally adequate for children who require a special diet such as food allergy or intolerance, gluten-free, dysphagia, and vegetarian or vegan diets.


2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Extending CACFP Beyond the Classroom
Creating healthy eating patterns in the classroom is only one part of the equation: parents and home environments are the other. Learn about the important role parents play in the development of a child’s feeding patterns and how to increase parent awareness and engagement of CACFP best practices.


Leah Galitzdorfer, RDN, CCNP
Program Dietitian
NY Enrichment Group
Leah advocates for the development of healthy eating behaviors through the celebration of culture and food and has contributed to research efforts aiming to achieve this by using human-centered and culturally sensitive approaches. As a consultant for child care centers in NYC, Leah provides program support for CACFP implementation through monitoring, evaluations and staff trainings. Leah continuously works to increase awareness of CACFP among program participants, offering cooking demonstrations, workshops, and educational resources.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Grant Writing 101
New to grant writing? Learn how to read and respond to a Request for Proposal when applying for a grant. Get tips on how to write a statement of need, outline measurable objectives and evaluation measures, put together budget justifications.


Alexia Thex, MEd
Partnerships Manager
National CACFP Sponsors Association
Alexia is charged with forming mutually long-term and beneficial partnerships with corporations and organizations that fit the mission. Previously she helped secure funding for several organizations, including the Holocaust Museum Houston and Downtown Houston YMCA. Alexia realized the lack of funding available to develop health and wellness programs, which led her to a career in development.


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Civil Rights 101: Compliance with Civil Rights Requirements
Civil Rights training is an annual requirement for state agency staff who interact with program applicants, sponsors, program participants, potentially eligible individuals and those persons who supervise front line staff. This session will fulfill that requirement while addressing the Civil Rights training requirements as outlined in FNS Instruction 113-1, Civil Rights Compliance and Enforcement – Nutrition Programs and Activities.


Gail Hoffman
Civil Rights Officer, Civil Rights Division
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Gail is the regional technical authority on aspects of CR. She conducts CR Compliance Reviews of State Agencies, provides CR training, and reviews CR complaint investigations in coordination with the Complaints Branch. Gail has received 20 awards for her efforts to overcome language and cultural barriers and build partnerships between diverse groups and organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia.


Stephen Miliano
Civil Rights Officer
USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Northeast Regional Office
Stephen provides Civil Rights oversight, guidance, and assistance for all Federally Assisted (FA) programs managed by FNS at the regional, state, and local agency levels. He is also responsible for developing and conducting Civil Rights training and conducting reviews of FA programs, independently, or in conjunction with the regional office’s program management evaluation teams.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

10 Tips for Successful Taste Tests with Young Children
We all know that if children have the opportunity to prepare and taste new foods, they are more likely to eat them. What does research tell us about how to introduce new foods and which healthy foods to focus on? Learn the top ten tips and tricks for getting kids to love their veggies.


Erin Croom, MS
Founder and Owner
Small Bites Adventure Club
Erin helps children discover, love and eat their fruits and vegetables in schools, childcare facilities, and afterschool programs. Last year through Small Bites Adventure Club, over 9,000 students and 30,000 bites of local food were served. Erin is Georgia’s Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition Chair and she established Georgia’s farm to school programming which has been adopted by over 70 school districts that serve 97 million meals with local food.


Wande Okunoren-Meadows, CMP, CCNP
Early Childhood Program Administrator
Little Ones Learning Center
Wande manages the daily operations of the early childhood education center which provides preschool, afterschool and pre-kindergarten education to 175 children. She serves on the advisory board for the National Farm to School Network.


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Healthy Eating from Head to Toe
Discover foods that benefit and impact different parts of the human body with new ways and ideas to serve these foods in Child Nutrition Programs. Review and discuss CACFP nutrition program updates including tools to calculate ounce equivalents. Leave with resources to train this workshop to program participants.


Kate Abernathy, MS, RD, LD, CCNP
Chief Executive Officer
Providers Choice
Kate’s work focuses on expanding participation of CACFP healthy meals and snacks to children across Minnesota through Providers Choice, which sponsors over 3,400 homes and 40 centers. Kate’s passion for child nutrition stems from a strong desire to promote health and wellness. Her in-depth nutrition expertise and leadership supports providers with managing special diets, creating resources to simplify menu planning and giving overall support to child care providers.


2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

CACFP and Head Start Food Service Regulations
This training will focus on the performance standards that govern child nutrition and how they align with the CACFP program to provide good nutrition to children in Head Start. Also, learn what’s new in the HS performance standards concerning child nutrition.


Rhonda Kobylecky, CMP, CCNP
Director of Food Services
Acelero Learning
Rhonda has been working in Head Start for over 15 years. While overseeing the Clark County, NV Head Start Food Services, Rhonda also monitors and supports delegate Head Start Programs in Wisconsin, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Rhonda has served as a Regional Representative with National CACFP Sponsors Association and is a current board member.


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Flawless Audits: Managing Your CACFP Sponsorship
Are you a multi-program or multi-state sponsor? You'll need strong organization, clear cost allocation, and excellence in monitoring to be prepared for your state audit. Learn how to operate so State Agencies find it a breeze to perform your Management Evaluations.


Larry Karow, CMP, CCNP, D.Min
Chief Executive Officer
UMC Food Ministry
Larry oversees UMC Food, which started 10 years ago serving two sites and 7,000 meals. Today, UMC Food has over 300 sites that serve afterschool, summer, childcares and NSLP in two states, and will have served in excess of 2 million meals to children in 2019.


Jolene Benedict
Director of Admin Services
UMC Food Ministry
Jolene oversees the submission of claims for all programs and ensures the supporting documentation to support the claims is obtained, catalogued and available for review. She was an administrator with a school district overseeing the NSLP, CACFP and SFSP programs before joining UMC Food.


Jason Grant
Director of Program Compliance
UMC Food Ministry
In his role, Jason makes sure all sites are monitored and reviewed as required by USDA rules, identifies sites that need more assistance, provides training to sites, and onboards new sites into the UMC Food program. Jason previously worked in commercial ventures for many years.


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Feeding Infants: What, When, and How
Infancy is a critical period when children develop taste preferences and habits that last a lifetime. What, when and how we feed babies can impact their overall development and relationship with food. We will cover CACFP meal patterns for infants, infant feeding best practices and provide healthy, inexpensive ideas for planning your infant meals.


Monica Griffin, MS, RD, LD
Senior Wellness Program Coordinator
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Monica manages wellness programming in early care, school, and community settings. She helps professionals and parents become responsive caregivers and recognize feeding as a critical component of child development. Previously Monica worked at the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, where she developed the first nutrition and physical activity standards for the statewide QRIS, and managed a USDA-funded program implementing wellness policies in child care centers. 


Diana Myers, MS, RD, LD
Nutrition Health Educator
Bright from the Start: GA Dept. of Early Care and Learning
Diana is developing a strategic plan for nutrition education in Georgia surrounding CACFP and SFSP. Diana earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s in health sciences and nutrition from Georgia State University where she focused on farm to early care and education, food safety, and school nutrition programs. Diana believes in the power of building healthy habits through food access, taste testing, healthy food interactions, and garden-based learning.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Developing a CACFP Budget
Get training on developing a CACFP budget including; hands-on practice on budget forecasting, assessing if a cost is allowable/unallowable and determining when to revise or amend the budget.


Betel Tegegne, MBA, MHA, CMP
Nutrition Consultant
Texas Education Service Center Region 10
Betel is a consultant for CACFP and SFSP while currently servicing 10 counties in North Texas under the guidance of the Texas Department of Agriculture. With over 10 years’ experience, Betel is passionate about providing training so childcare industries can run a successful nutrition program. She has dual master’s degrees in health system management and business. She is also a certified CACFP Management Professional through the National CACFP Sponsors Association.


Jennifer DeHoog, RD
Nutrition Consultant
Texas Education Service Center Region 10
Jennifer is a consultant for CACFP and SFSP in North Texas. She has worked in child nutrition for 20 years and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and adults through increasing access to nutritious foods.


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Creditable Meals in the CACFP: Be in the Know
Get hands-on experience to successfully meet the CACFP meal pattern requirements with newly released or updated tools that can help you credit, purchase, and serve meals to program participants. Take a deep-dive into newly creditable foods in the CACFP and learn about the Crediting Handbook for the CACFP. Download the Food Buying Guide mobile app before attending the workshop.


Bethany Showell, MPA
Nutritionist, Nutrition and Technical Assistance Branch
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Bethany works on projects related to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, CACFP, and SFSP. She is the project lead for a recipe project and works on the Child Nutrition Database and Food Buying Guide. Bethany was a nutritionist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service for 20 years. She has a bachelor’s in dietetics from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and is working on a master’s in public administration from George Mason University.


Heidi Bishop 
Nutritionist, Nutrition and Technical Assistance Branch 
USDA Food and Nutrition Service 
Heidi has over ten years of experience as a project lead for recipe projects and twenty years in CNP. She guides the development and standardization of recipes for NSLP, SBP and CACFP. She was project lead on the original “Grow it! Try It! Like It!: Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables, a nutrition education kit that includes lessons, activities and recipes for homes. Heidi also develops and reviews resources that provide technical support for CNP operators and stakeholders.


2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Family Style Meal Service and Head Start Performance Regulations
Learning opportunities abound at meal times in Head Start sites. Help your staff or team understand the performance regulations for family style meal service and how they can incorporate Math, Science, Language and Literacy into their meal times.


Sheila Tompkins-Hess
ECE Professional
Sheila has been a supporter of Head Start for much of her life. She attended Head Start as a child and then worked as a teacher, a director and a supervisor for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Sheila loves working with children and with helping staff to increase their skills with the children they support. Sheila has been a trainer at NAEYC and state conferences as well as many local ECE trainings in Las Vegas.


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Schools as Afterschool Meals Sponsors, Sites & Vendors
Set up schools for afterschool meals success with the knowledge and experience of a school nutrition director and a nonprofit sponsor. We’ll cover everything you need to know, from finding the right models for partnership and implementation to communication with school and district officials to logistics and staffing.


Carolyn Wait Vega, MPH, RD
Senior Manager
No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices,
Share Our Strength
Carolyn develops resources and provides training to schools and nonprofits in order to improve and expand access to CACFP Afterschool Meals. Before joining Share Our Strength in 2015, Carolyn was a CACFP specialist for the District of Columbia state agency. Carolyn holds a bachelor’s in nutrition from Ohio State University and master’s in public health from UNC Chapel Hill.


Donna Martin, EdS, RDN, SNS, FAND
Director, School Nutrition Program
Burke County Board of Education
Donna is responsible for the school nutrition of 4,500 students in five schools, serving breakfast, lunch, afterschool snacks, supper and summer meals. She served as Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ President in 2017-2018 and was the first school nutrition director to be president of the Academy. Donna is a graduate of the University of Georgia, has a master’s degree from the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and has an education specialist degree from Augusta University.

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Founder & President
Child Nutrition Programs
Vicki has led CNP to steady annual growth. With her background in Public Administration, she has a deep understanding of how to run an effective federal program. Vicki stays up to date on the latest regulations and changes to the food program to inform and interpret the policies and help sponsors function in this complicated regulatory environment.


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Applying a Racial Equity Lens to Recommendations for the CACFP & SFSP
Historic racial inequities are perpetuating hunger and poverty. This is perhaps even more of a reality during COVID-19. CACFP, SFSP and other child nutrition programs help to combat class inequities, but children of color still bear the consequences of structural racism. Hear about what racial equity is and how this lens can be applied to specific recommendations in food access and nutrition.


Marlysa D. Gamblin, MPP 
Senior Domestic Policy Advisor for Racial and Gender Divides 
Bread for the World Institute
Marlysa is a public speaker and thought leader for racial and socio-economic justice. She designed Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation and authored the first-ever report that applied a racial equity lens into federal policy to end hunger and poverty. Previously she worked with the NAACP, Prosperity Now, and staffed on Capitol Hill. Marlysa has a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. 

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Facilitating Compliance in Your At-Risk Afterschool Program
Learn how to use Adult Learning theory techniques to capture the attention of your program site supervisors to highlight the most frequent compliance issues during training. Take home an audit calendar to prepare for your state review, sample Performance Improvement Plans, standard compliance operating procedures, and other tools to continue to serve your sites year after year.


Melissa Moore, CCNP
Director of Programs
Family League of Baltimore
Melissa has been working with the federal nutrition programs for over six years. She oversees the afterschool, summer, and family child care home programs in Baltimore, Maryland. She is treasurer of the National CACFP Sponsors Association and chair of the Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger.

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Program Director of Food Access
Family League of Baltimore
Sharon manages the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program, ensuring that Family League fulfills its responsibilities as a sponsor agency.


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Child-Friendly Menu Planning Using Seasonal Foods
Learn how to plan delicious, culturally appropriate, kid-friendly menus using local, seasonal foods. Start with the decision making tree to learn your best options for local purchasing. Learn time-saving tips to prepare fresh menu items. Learn how to promote new food to children and support your Farm to ECE Program and check out CACFP-standardized recipes to streamline the menu planning process.


Jennifer Kozaczek, RD, LDN
Nutrition Program Consultant
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
As a member of the Nutrition Training and Policy Team, Jen conducts training workshops, develops resources for participants, and coordinates farm to CACFP training. Jen is a member of the steering committee for the NC Farm to Preschool Network. 


Caroline Stover
Project Director, Farm to Early Care and Education Initiative
Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Caroline helps connect early care and education providers throughout North Carolina with resources, training, and mentorship that allow them to provide the healthiest environments possible for children. She is a member of the NC Farm to Preschool Network Advisory Committee.


Lynn Policastro
Healthy Initiatives Program Coordinator
Wake County Smart Start
Lynn has worked over 20 years supporting early childhood providers in North Carolina through quality enhancement projects, licensing and training, and serving on the NC Child Care Commission for years. Through her experiences in helping child care programs provide quality care, she has focused on supporting programs in providing more active play and fresh food options.


2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Summer Meals: Leveraging Mobile Solutions in Rural Communities
Join No Kid Hungry and program providers from rural Maryland and Georgia to learn about the unique nature of reaching kids in rural areas for summer food service. Hear directly from sponsors who find success with mobile meals, including details on securing vehicles and equipment, managing costs, and menu planning.


Kara Panowitz, MSW
Senior Out of School Time Manager, No Kid Hungry Maryland
Share Our Strength
Kara focuses on increasing access to and participation in the summer and afterschool meal programs at Share Our Strength. She received her master’s in social work at University of MD, has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar, an executive director and filmmaker with Megaphone Project, and a teacher.


Derrick Lambert, MA
Senior Manager
Share Our Strength
Derrick leads the summer meals strategy within the Center for Best Practices. Prior to SOS, Derrick worked with Hunger Free Vermont, where he worked with state agency staff, school districts and statewide partners to initiate and expand implementation of federal child nutrition programs, with a special focus on summer meals. Derrick has a master’s degree in international political economy from the University of Kent (England).


Donna Martin, EdS, RDN, SNS, FAND
Director, School Nutrition Program
Burke County Board of Education
Donna is responsible for the school nutrition of 4,500 students in five schools, serving breakfast, lunch, afterschool snacks, supper and summer meals. She served as Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ President in 2017-2018 and was the first school nutrition director to be president of the Academy. Donna is a graduate of the University of Georgia, has a master’s degree from the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and has an education specialist degree from Augusta University.


Scott Germain
Food & Nutrition Services Program Manager
Garrett County Public Schools
Scott has been in his role for more than 20 years. He won a No Kid Hungry Summer Hero Award and regional ASBO Brice and Shirley Phillips Best Practice Award for his mobile summer meals.


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Methods to Becoming a Great Leader
Do you have what is takes to lead? Is your team producing great results? Every great team starts with a great leader. Learn effective strategies on what it takes to lead and have a great successful team while exploring various leadership skills and leadership styles.


Kendra Burton, CCNP
Manager of Nutrition
Newark Board of Education
Kendra ensures that over 8,500 meals and 3,000 snacks are served daily to students. She works with the community and school representatives to ensure that the CACFP program continues to grow, and she has increased participation to over 65 sites. Kendra holds a degree in culinary arts from Hudson County Community College and a bachelor’s in nutrition from Montclair State University. 



Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

11:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern

Can't attend the live sessions? You can watch on demand anytime in August after the initial presentation.


Child Care Centers
Home Providers
State Agencies
Afterschool Programs
Sponsoring Organizations
Head Start
Food Banks
Tribal Nations
Adult Care Centers
Emergency Shelters
Anti-Hunger Advocates