The evaluations are in: words used to describe the conference exciting, energetic, informative, educational, happy, eventful. 4.5 Stars conference overall score tells us we did pretty good.
93% of the attendees would return to the conference site in Rancho Mirage.
95% thought the food was wonderful and greatly appreciated.
92% loved having the Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary USDA FNS at the conference General Session but especially at the Celebration on Monday evening, where he presented USDA Honors to Doris Fredericks, Ed Mattson and Jerry Bowers. Seems people like having their picture taken with the Under Secretary.
4.65 Stars: The Monday night event was everyone's favorite event out on the terrace, especially the champagne toast to our honorees and the CCFP Roundtable!
Photos Opportunities were enjoyed everyone said, but we knew by the amount of pictures taken.
4.75 Chef Michelle Bommarito and Andrea Farmer's Putting it to Practice General Session was a winner, everyone exclaimed.
Too Small to Fail, Strive for Five, MealtimeTalkTime, At the Farmers Market book was in demand. There will be information coming soon on how to get those books for providers.
Of particular interest was Mr. Concannon's remarks on Tuesday about the work everyone is doing and the CACFP take ACTION Challenge. So popular we have included it here:
"I want to acknowledge all of the great work that you have been doing out in the field, in advance of the regulation. I know that many of you—as administrators, as sponsors and as providers—stepped up to improve the nutritional value of CACFP meals before the regulation hit the streets.
By doing so, you were not only doing a great service to the children and
adults that you serve, but you were also making life easier for yourselves down the road, by positioning yourselves for a smooth implementation of the actual regulatory requirements.
You also kicked off the National CACFP Take Action Challenge last year, before the final rule was in place, engaging “ACTIONEERS” to implement healthy changes in their programs, their communities and their own lives."
He also applauded the Food Nutrition Services for all of their work and their participation in the CACFP take ACTION Challenge. Considering how extremely busy they are with the CACFP Meal Patterns we also applaud them.
The CCFP Roundtable also wants to applaud Mr. Concannon for his presence and participation in this great event.
Take a look at the pictures and videos, they are everywhere and they are of you!
Thank you for sharing this memorable conference with us again.