“B is for Bloom” and let's keep our children in child care blooming with a CACFP Summer.
It is getting close to the official start of summer, a CACFP Summer for sure! Use this Newsletter (personalize it) and start your CACFP Summer with Meal Pattern Best Practices.
“B is for Bloom” and let's keep our children in child care blooming with a CACFP Summer.
What are your favorite reasons why providers should participate in the food program CACFP? Use this infograph and spread the word, the CACFP word.
Listening to Providers on Facebook this week:
Soooo confused about the infant requirements!! They say to start solids at 6 months...the charting you even have to state what meat, veg, fruit you gave... yet other reading states not all 6 months are ready so to slowly introduce :/ does this mean if u don't offer the REQUIRED components you just can't get reimbursed?
Would anybody be willing to share their lunch meals/ snacks menu? I'm not on the food program.
How do you all like the USDA Food Program?I will be applying I am in VA if that matters.
I like the Food Program....well balanced meals and I get my money back. Well worth it to me...just a few minutes a day loging info
Wednesday lunch. Cold pasta salad with broccoli, cauliflower, chickpeas and black beans and greek dressing. Banana and gluten free trail mix bar on the side.Vegan and gluten free meal. Not on the food program.
Well that was a waste of money! I tried some whole grain wheat thins they all took 1 small bite we don't like them. Snack time isn't gonna be easy with these new rules!
My group loves wheat thins and triscuits already so I am relieved that it won't be a big change. I just bought my pasta in whole wheat. Hoping it goes well.
Go grain free at snack...cheese, veggies, fruit, PB, yogurt. We do while wheat crackers (ritz makes a whole wheat one too) while wheat goldfish once in awhile, wheat thins, whole grain tortillas, PB sandwiches on whole wheat.
You only have to serve a whole grain 1x a day.... I Love Wheat thins always have.... my group have had no problem with the whole grain Aldi bread
Breakfast is easy...chex rice/ wheat....rice krispies...corn flakes...cheerios...wheat toast , wheat bagels whole grain waffles. ....we only need one whole grain a day...is your the same?
Try to get your whole grain item done at breakfast or lunch. I try to do whole grain for breakfast everyday, but sometimes we do cinnamon rolls or waffles ( that aren't whole grain) so I'll give whole grain bread at lunch on those days!
Breakfast-milk, pancakes, whipped topping, strawberries.
Lunch-cheeseburgers, tator tots, apple slices, milk
Provider #13 We are so excited! We found another edible garden! Our city is slowly planting quite a few. This is mint! We ate a bunch and picked some to bring home.
Not on food program. fruit, crackers meat and cheese, macaroni and cheese, chicken with stuffing. All leftovers 😀 carrots added after picture
I LOVE the Access Agency in CT- they provide a list to all providers of creditable cereals, crackers, yogurts- they are awesome!
Provider #16 On seeing the dessert based grains training: This is such a ridiculous rule change. I am going to quit the food program. Tired of the dumb rules.
Geez. No graham crackers or animal crackers? Or nilla wafers?? Looks like saltines, saltines and more saltines...
Friday morning snack. Applesauce muffins with cantelope slices and peanut butter to dip.Vegetarian dairy free snack. Not on the food program.
my whole group hates milk. I'm pouring it down the drain 2x a day. Except the under 2 they love it
t's why I stopped serving milk 2 years ago. I might as well just open the jug and pour it straight down the drain. No Food Program anymore
I just joined this group because I found myself in a meal rut. I felt like I was feeding the kids the same 4 things day in and day out. Thanks to this group I have been given SOOO many new ideas!
Provider #22 Farm to Early Care Learning Group. Of course we applied & last week we were informed that we were accepted into the group.They will support new and expanding farm to early care and education projects in Iowa by providing funding, training, support, and participation in a peer learning collaborative. A representative from the program will be coming to our site today for an introductory meeting. Excited to learn more about the group and share with everyone! #FarmtoECE
Oh there were more...hope your Facebook and Twitter page is going strong!
What does this transition period mean exactly, below FRAC gives us a quick summary.
USDA Issues Transition Policy for CACFP
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a transition policy (pdf) for the first year of the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns requirements and related preschool meal pattern requirements for school meal programs.
Designed to support the success of the new, healthier meal patterns, the policy emphasizes the importance of technical assistance and training, while removing the threat of meals being disallowed and programs terminated.
As outlined in the memo, the one-year transition period “will allow CACFP institutions and facilities, and school food authorities to adjust to the updated requirements in the first year of implementation without having fiscal actions imposed or being found seriously deficient.”
USDA directs state agencies and sponsoring organizations to provide ample training and focused technical assistance to bring program operators into compliance with the new requirements. USDA fully expects that all participating providers and programs will be working to implement the new meal patterns; however, if “operators are making a good faith effort to comply with the updated requirements, then meals cannot be disallowed and CNP [program] operators cannot be found seriously deficient” for not meeting the new requirements.
USDA plans to continue to provide state agencies and sponsoring organizations with the training, technical assistance, and resources necessary to ensure the successful implementation of the updated meal pattern requirements. In addition, USDA emphasizes that “to the extent practicable, state agencies should not impose additional paperwork requirements to ensure compliance with the updated CACFP meal patterns.”
USDA has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to being responsive to the input of key stakeholders, including CACFP, child care, and advocacy communities regarding implementation. In this memo, USDA strongly encourages continued feedback.
USDA Memo: Transition Period for the Updated Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns and the Updated National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Infant and Preschool Meal Patterns (pdf)
Contact: Geri Henchy, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202)986-2200.
If you get a break at the conference here are a few of the Child Care Food Program Roundtable's favorite destinations;
Yoga in the office can be fun, innovative and relaxing with many long term benefits. Prolonged work on the computer strains the neck, shoulder and back muscles, which leads to tension and stiffness. Unless attended to properly, it could impact your ability to function effectively at the workplace, affecting your overall quality of life.
Key benefits include:
· Prevention of lower back issues. The Desk Yoga postures stretch out muscles around the lumbar vertebrae to counteract the compression of sitting on our bottoms! Tight hip flexors and the piriformis are stretched out, preventing sciatica.
· Opening of tight shoulders. Most of the day we spend with our arms in front of us and this tightens the shoulders. Desk Yoga helps to mobilise the joints and expand the front of the chest.
· Loosening stiff necks. We very rarely turn our heads and most of us carry stress and tension in our necks. Desk Yoga helps to relieve this tension.
· Improving energy levels. Desk Yoga involves postures that open the chest and heart area, therefore increasing oxygen uptake and increased vitality.
· Increased sense of wellbeing. Taking time out to do yoga postures can help people to bring their attention to themselves in the present moment and inspire a sense of connectedness. This can help people to cope with elevated levels of stress and tension.
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They came, they saw, they learned, they danced, they laughed, they were energized, appreciated, listened to, motivated and excited. CACFP 25th Annual CCFP Roundtable Conference attendees that's who.
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.
CCFP Roundtable Breakout Session Spotlight
Community Gardens - How Green Beans Saved the McCarthy Child Development and Training Center Pt.1 and Pt.2
This workshop is made up of two parts; First, a presentation on how the McCarthy Child Development and Training Center came back from near ruin to a fully NAEYC accredited program using nutrition and community gardens as its focus and rallying point for staff and community. Second, an on-site tour of the center and it's Community Garden and Kitchen Garden. The Community Garden is for families to learn to grow food and the Kitchen Garden grows food exclusively for the children's meal service. We harvest close to 1,000 pounds per year. Please note: Part 2 of this workshop requires an RSVP, attendees will have to use shared transportation to go to the on-site tour. Don't miss this opportunity.
RSVP for Part 2 to Chris - Rideshare
Dianne Russom, McCarthy Family Child Development & Training Center
Dianne Russom is the Program Director for the McCarthy Family Child Development & Training Center at College of the Desert. The center is the lab school for the Early Childhood Education program at the College. Ms. Russom has also been teaching at the college as Adjunct Faculty for nearly 15 years.
Chef Bommarito is going to bring the CACFP Meal Patterns to life at the CCFP Roundtable Conference on Tuesday morning by showcasing the White House Healthy Lunchtime Challenge during Tuesday morning's session. Right after Andrea Farmer, USDA FNS Bureau Chief updates us on the CACFP Meal Patterns.
The rest of the day Michelle will be showcasing the USDA's What Cooking? Mixing Bowl with 5 Mini Demos. Cooking Demos will be posted in the exhibitor area, come and visit with Michelle Bommarito and get ideas on Putting it to Practice, the new CACFP Meal Patterns that is! She loves cooking and sharing.
Chef Michelle Bommarito's name is synonymous with Food Network Cake Challenges, however the energetic entrepreneur has boldly stepped out of the pastry world and is now focusing on her true passion…sharing Culinary techniques on how to prepare energizing super power foods.
Bommarito is a Professional Chef that discovered after many experimental years how to stay fit by choosing the right foods to put into your body.She believes in reaching for food as your fuel and that what we eat definitely has an impact on our mind, body and spirit.Bommarito's goal is to make a difference in the fight against obesity and various cancers, more importantly just to remind people to take better care of "you".She speaks quite fast, so expect to learn an array of techniques for quick and easy, delicious, nutrient-rich recipes.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) enthusiast.