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USDA’s Focus on Nutrition Security

Last year, USDA outlined their focus on nutrition security during National Nutrition Month. This month, they’ve released a new video explaining their efforts to promote nutrition security.

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Selecting and Storing Fresh Produce

Incorporating fresh produce into the food you serve can be a great practice, but it’s important that you know how to properly store different types of produce. Our partners at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) have tips on how to select and store fresh produce so they stay good longer and don’t go to waste.

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Final Rule: Child Nutrition Program Integrity

The USDA released a final rule on child nutrition program integrity to ensure that child nutrition programs are properly operated and managed. This rule is one of many steps that USDA is taking to ensure that federal child nutrition programs can serve the millions of children who depend on them to reach their full potential.

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FRAC Research Funding Opportunity

FRAC has announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) for subgrants for its Equitable Access in Child Nutrition Programs project, supported by funding through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS). Submit your CACFP proposal by October 3, 2023, at 11:59pm ET.

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Child Care Supports Academic Achievement and Physical Health

A study published in March of 2023, examines the impact of child care on the dietary quality of young children, as well as portrays the need for a more inclusive definition of ‘child care.’ Access to high-quality care supports the academic and social development of your children and is important for all families to reduce socioeconomic disparities.

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Keeping Food Safe in Summer Heat

Staying cool may be challenging during summer, especially when buying and transporting groceries. Keeping foods in safe temperatures also requires more attention in the summer. Our partners at ICN have great tips for keeping purchased foods safe between the store and your kitchen, whether in a center or home.

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Crediting Recipes in the CACFP for Centers ($)

Have you already attended the webinar on How to Credit Recipes in the CACFP? In this session, we’ll go a step further and apply what we know about crediting recipes for centers. Learn how to evaluate and scaleup recipes while ensuring they are CACFP creditable. Become confident in developing your own #CACFPCreditable recipes to make and serve to those in your care.

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School Readiness: Learning Circles

Learning can happen anywhere, anytime with help from the adults in a child’s circle of care who keep them safe and well. Sesame Street in Communities’ new bilingual (English and Spanish) resources leverage the power of building social-emotional skills and healthy relationships.

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National Berry Month

July is National Berry Month! Summer is a great time to serve delicious meals/snacks that include berries, while educating those in your care about healthy eating with fruit.

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Build a Healthy Eating Routine

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has a variety of online resources that professionals can use to help parents and caregivers start infants and children off with a healthy eating routine. MyPlate also has great tipsheets for parents and caregivers based on the life stage.

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