Child Nutrition Partners

The National CACFP Sponsors Association is excited to work with a number of organizations whose commitment to the child nutrition community knows no boundaries. To become a partner, contact Partnerships.

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The National Child Nutrition Foundation is dedicated to procuring financial resources dedicated to education, professional development and scholarships. The primary focus is on providing the materials that educate and empower the CACFP Community, where healthy eating starts early.

   
   
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ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.   

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Let’s Move! Child Care is a nationwide call-to-action that empowers child care and early education providers to make positive health changes in children that could last a lifetime.  

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Since 1991, Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) has worked to motivate people to eat more fruits and vegetables to improve public health. PBH achieves success through industry and government collaboration, first with the 5 A Day program and now with the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters public health initiative.

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Read Aloud 15 MINUTES works to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care so that more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.

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The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is the leading voice for the U.S. farm to school movement, providing information, advocacy and networking for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into K-12 school systems, preschools and early care settings.

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Vroom is an initiative that empowers parents and caregivers to play a proactive role in their children’s early brain development. Vroom helps parents make the most of the moments they already share with their children by supporting them on their brain building journey.

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Child Care Aware of America's mission is to advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families. Our work is strengthened by a national network of child care resource and referral agencies and diverse members and partners.

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Together Counts program is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The principle behind our program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. Calories in, calories out. It’s that simple. Together Counts was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO–led organization, that is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity. 

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NAFCC is dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care so that every family in the United States has access to a high quality, affordable child care system. 

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The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) is the nation’s leading non-profit alliance of high quality Multi-State/Multi-Site Community Child Care Providers (both non-profit and tax paying), key State Child Care Associations, and National Educational Services Provider Organizations. 

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The Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments ot ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality  afterschool programs.

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No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

 

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Recent data shows that 53% of park and recreation agencies participate in the federally funded USDA Child Nutriton programs, including SFSP and CACFP. NRPA continues to promote the benefits of the CACFP in park and recreation settings to our broad network of over 50,000 park and recreaton professionals in nearly every community across the country.

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NICCA is the leading representative organization for Tribal child care programs and we currently share information, resources, and our own internal expertise on CACFP. We continue this knowledge sharing through our website, emails, direct communication, trainings, and conferences.

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Seafood Nutrition Partnership addresses the health risks associated with low seafood consumption. The aim is to inspire a healthier America by promoting a nutrient-rich diet that includes seafood and to build awareness about the essential nutritional benefits from eating seafood twice a week as recommended by the USDA HHS Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Founded in 1986, the National Yogurt Association (NYA) is the national nonprofit trade association representing producers of yogurt products as well as suppliers to the yogurt industry.  NYA sponsors scientific research regarding the health benefits associated with the consumption of yogurt with live and active cultures (“LAC”) and serves as an information resource for the American public about these attributes.  

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The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is the member-driven national trade association that advances the interests of all segments of the frozen food and beverage industry.  AFFI is dedicated to creating an environment where members’ foods and beverages are proudly chosen to meet the needs of a changing world.

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Nutrition Policy Institute works to provide scientifically valid information to both policymakers and community members and translates research findings into evidence-based recommendations that provide a basis for effective decision-making. NPI works to provide reliable policy-related input and assessments of the effectiveness of policy implementation. Their work on CACFP and childcare includes supporting the successful implementation of the new CACFP regulations.

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Sesame Street in Communities builds on Sesame Workshop’s almost-50-year commitment to addressing kids’ developmental, physical, and emotional needs with research-based multimedia resources...and a large dose of fun! Beyond the ABC's and 123's, the site delivers crucial lessons about health, emotional well-being, and respect and understanding— so that all kids can grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.

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The Grain Foods Foundation promotes the positive, science-based benefits of grain-based foods, and especially wheat foods, to the health influencer community (CACFP providers) while also educating clinicians, providing these audiences with actionable insights to better educate their customers, clients, and patients about the role of grain-based foods in a healthy lifestyle. GFF offers access to an expert Scientific Advisory Board, who can advise about the application of these actionable insights, including offering science-based counsel on meal plans and recipes for CACFP's meal providers.

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FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC leads efforts to identify and communicate connection among poverty, hunger and obesity and conduct research to find effective solutions. They seek stronger federal, state and local public policies that reduce hunger, undernutrition, and obesity, and monitor the implementation of laws. Also, FRAC conducts training and technical assistance and conduct public information campaigns to promote changes in policy.

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Founded in 2003, Common Threads brings health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education. By integrating preventative health programs into school districts and community organizations, Common Threads not only helps combat the rising number of diet-related diseases, but also cultivates a culture the embraces a healthier lifestyle and celebrates diversity through food. Connect with Common Threads to bring their resources and programs to your students!

 

 

   
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Kansas Association of Sponsors United

The goal of the KASU is to serve all  CACFP Home Sponsors statewide, through increased communication and collaboration. Our mission is to increase the quality of all Kansas CACFP sponsorships through improved services to providers, parents, the communities each of us represents & ultimately, the children.  

   

Texas CACFP Sponsors Association

Founded in 1988 to promote the USDA Child and Adult Care Food program in a positive manner. The Texas CACFP Sponsor Association has grown to included the vast majority of sponsors of Family Day Care Homes in Texas.

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Virginia Sponsors Association

The Virginia Sponsors Association for the USDA Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are sponsors of the CACFP for family child care homes, child care centers and adult care centers in all counties and cities in Virginia.

Wisconsin Sponsors Forum

The Wisconsin Sponsors Forum is made up of representatives from each of the six Wisconsin Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors. The Forum was formed in 1993 to support the development of procedures and resources to benefit Wisconsin family child care providers on the CACFP.

   
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Dairy Council of California

Founded in 1919, Dairy Council of California partners with educators, health professionals and communities to elevate the health of children and parents in California through the pursuit of lifelong healthy eating habits. Supported by California dairy farm families and local milk processors, Dairy Council of California provides nutrition education resources to California schools (educators, students, and parents), health professionals’ offices and workplace programs.

 

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JA Foodservice has been serving feeding programs since 1993. They distribute thousands of meals per day to schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, food banks and more. JA Foodservice has been providing affordable USDA funded Shelf Stable Meal Kits for 10 years working with CACFP and SFSP sponsors all over the United States.

   
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Nutrition Matters provides creative and colorful nutrition education tools, curriculums and training materials for child care providers and parents. Visit our website for a variety of books, cards and tear sheets with meal and snack ideas, recipes and parenting tips which are written by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Public Health Nutrition.

   
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Food & Supply Source is a free food and supply purchasing organization working with child care centers & sponsors to lower their costs 10-35%.

   
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Smart Lunches provides thousands of tasty, nutritious lunches to children at schools, child care centers, and summer camps that do not have an onsite lunch service. With Smart Lunches, it’s convenient and affordable for parents to feed their kids fun, healthy lunches that actually get eaten!

   
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MH Miles Company, CPA PC (MHMC) has more than 11 years of experience in providing audit, consulting, investigation, and compliance monitoring services for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). 

 

   
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Food Service Group is a community nutritional management consulting group. FSG's focus is improving health and quality of life through integration of programs affiliated with food, nutrition, nutrition education, counseling, physical assessments, health & wellness, management and food policy. Our philosophy is bringing management efficiency to community nutrition programs and food service divisions. Creating healthier communities one program at a time.

   
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Chefables cultivates healthy young eaters by providing child inspired, chef created compliant meal programs and innovative food products that taste great and are good for you. Their fresh, nutrient dense, innovative meal programs and food products are custom tailored for childcare centers, preschools, and schools.

   
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In 1967 Preferred Meals pioneered the development of a school meal program to meet rapidly expanding enrollment, economic and nutritional demands on schools. Today, Preferred Meals is the leading provider of complete, innovative meal solutions—delivering nutritious, quality foods students enjoy—and delivering the cost and service efficiencies schools require.

   
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Minute Menu offers business management software for all aspects of the child care food program and for the home daycare and center daycare markets. Since 1993, Minute Menu has been providing quality, money-saving child care software solutions for USDA food program sponsors and child care providers. 

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Bedtime Math Activities - English & Spanish

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State Farm to School Legislative Information

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Afterschool Importance in Workforce Readiness

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Seafood Kids Activity Book

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Growing Farm to School in Native Communities Fact Sheet

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Effective Access to Water in Schools

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November Community and Home Gardening Coloring and Activity Sheets

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Get to Know the Good In Grains Inforgrapic 

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Farm to School Month Fact Sheet

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Yogurt in Five Recipes  

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Reduce Mealtime Stress Infographic in English and Spanish

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Read Aloud 21 Day Challenge Instructions 

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Healthy Hydration Fact Sheet

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Farm to School Act 2017 Fact Sheet

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Farm to Head Start Success

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Communicating Birth to 3 Months 
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Communicating Months 4 to 6
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Communicating Months 7 to 12
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Drinking Water Recommendations

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Sample Meals Posters

Sample Meals Posters - Spanish

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21st Century Community Centers Info Sheet

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Eat Your Colors Kid Activity Sheet

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Afterschool Supper Makes Cents for Schools

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"Play Together" Activity Basket for Pre-K

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Understanding Afterschool Snacks and Meals

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A Roadmap for Farm to Early Care and Education: A guide to understanding farm to school opportunities in early care and education settings

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Local Food for Little Eaters: A Purchasing Toolbox for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

 

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CACFP Creditable Recipes

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Summer Food, Summer Moves Resource Kit

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Growing a Healthier Future Infographics

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Nemours & Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

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 Together Counts

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 Tips for Breastfeeding Moms  ChooseMyPlate.gov

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Farm to School Toolkit

Farm to School Lesson Plan 1

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ASAP's Growing Minds Farm to School 

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USDA Branded Food Product Database

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Summer Food Service Program Basics 

State Library of Ohio on Summer Meals

California Summer Meals Coalition on Summer Meals

Institute of Museum and Library Services 

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Meal Pattern Training

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