Statement on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds
We urge you to stand with us and make your voice heard. Additional information can be found
November 19, 2018
Statement: The National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) thanks you for the opportunity to provide comments on the Inadmissability on Public Charge Grounds proposed rule. As the leading national organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), we are concerned that this ruling will increase childhood hunger and food insecurity for millions of families across our nation. By making healthy meals harder to obtain, children will be deprived of the best start at life possible.
This rule will impact countless children negatively, including:
- Increasing fear by immigrant families, including their children, to participate in SNAP, which will increase food insecurity for children nationwide. The childcare community serves many of these children daily and do not wish to see children going home without a guaranteed meal each day.
- Create confusion in understanding this complex rule by those who wish to fight food insecurity in their communities.
- Restrict access to vital programs that many families who utilize childcare may need, including SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare Part D, and housing programs. This will only lead to greater poverty and hunger.
- Harm the local economy that all of our sponsors participate within to provide child care so families can work and children can receive the healthiest start in life.
We recognize the importance of access nutrition for proper growth and development and urge you to reconsider this harmful policy.
Sign our Food Crediting Comment Letter and uphold the CACFP as an indicator of quality childcare!
Deadline: April 23, 2018 Model Comment Letter Form
Let your voice be heard! USDA extended the commenting deadline and we ask you stand with us in upholding the CACFP as an indicator of quality childcare.We urge the USDA to avoid creating additional paperwork burdens and to simplify the food crediting process.
Submit your comment letter here.
Comment Letter on the Food Crediting Request for Information
February 8, 2018
Summary: NCA surveyed their sponsoring members to gain a more complete picture of food crediting perspectives throughout the nation. We then formulated a comment letter centered on keeping the crediting process as simple as possible for child care providers, recognizing that they do not have a registered dietician on staff. The customary use of an item, Child Nutrition (CN) labels, and whole grains were discussed. Additionally, high protein yogurt should not be differentiated from regular yogurt nor education tied to crediting were discussed. Lastly, our member survey stressed the need for additional resources to assist in food purchasing and the reexamination of certain foods such as tempeh for food crediting.
Full Text: Food Crediting NCA Comment Letter
Letter of Support Signatory - Coalition of Human Needs (CHN) Supporting Human Safety Net Programs
December 9, 2016
Summary: NCA signs and supports CHN's mission to combat injustice through anti-poverty initiatives. Basic needs are unmet for millions in our nation and can result in severe food insecurity. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), among many other child nutrition programs, are an important tool to fight this injustice. Our programs are in line with the principles outlined in this letter, Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All. "Federal priorities must (1) protect and assist low-income and vulnerable people; (2) invest in broadly shared economic growth and jobs; (3) increase revenues from fair sources; and (4) seek savings from reducing waste in the Pentagon and elsewhere. We urge you to sign onto this letter as an organization to support the future of these programs.
Full Text:SAVE Letter
Comment Letter on the Proposed Program Integrity Rules
May 23, 2016
Summary: NCA expressed their concern regarding several components of the proposed CACFP Program Integrity Rules that codified portions of the Healthy, Hunger, Free, Kids Act of 2010. An issue of paramount concern was the application of the current CACFP Series Deficiency (SD) process to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the negative impact this could have on participation across both programs. We recognized the importance of addressing the differences between real issues of improper use or abuse of the program and human error prior to program implementation. A secondary concern was the additional regulatory and administrative burdens being proposed with no proven, effective outcomes. Several sections of the proposed rules added burdens that may severely hinder program participation in both the CACFP, SFSP, and possible the NSLP over time. We are committed to the highest level of program integrity possible, but we also urged our Congressional members to reconsider how increased program participation across child nutrition programs may factor into these rules.
Full text: Proposed Integrity Comment Letter
Letter of Support - H.B. 5003 Sec. 108
May 9, 2016
Summary: Representing the NCA Board and its member organizations, which include 113,000 family child care providers, and over 62,000 child care centers, Head Start, At-Risk and Afterschool CACFP sponsors and sites across the country, the National CACFP Sponsors Association ultimately support Section 108 of the House Bill 5003 regarding Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Attached is our letter of support which we urged all our members to sign and forward to their Congressional members.
Full text: Comment Letter
Comment Letter on Proposed Meal Patterns
April 15, 2015
Summary: NCA supported the efforts of the USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) to update the meal patterns to reflect current nutrition science and provide our children with the best nutrition possible by equipping our providers with current dietary standards. We expressed our concern regarding the need to balance the best nutrition possible with as few administrative burdens as posssible that could impact reimbursement for providers. Working with the Constortium and various stakeholders, we provided a comprehensive listing of recommendations from whole grain requirements to infant meal patterns. Ultimately, we commended USDA for their willingness to make the best possible nutrition standards for our program and listen to our concerns.
Full Text:Proposed CACFP Meal Patterns Comment Letter