Did you know that this week, March 11-17, 2018, has been declared National CACFP Week? It's a week when the CACFP Sponsors Association and USDA celebrate the work of schools, adult daycare programs and childcare centers helping to minimize food insecurity in our country through the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Every day, 4.2 million children and 130,000 adults in the U.S. receive healthy meals and snacks through CACFP. For school-aged kids, CACFP complements the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, helping keep kids well-nourished all day every day. If your school offers after-school snacks or dinners or provides food for preK students, #cacfpweek celebrates you!
If your district does not offer preK or after-school meals and snacks through CACFP, you may be missing out on valuable USDA reimbursement revenues and helpful support from organizations like the CACFP Sponsors Association. The CACFP meal pattern guidelines closely follow the NSLP guidelines, which simplifies planning for busy foodservice directors. NutriStudents K-12 also helps busy school nutrition professionals by providing now 10 weeks of USDA-compliant childcare menus and 3 weeks of 7-day menu cycles for CACFP program sponsors.
We rounded up a few CACFP resources that may be helpful to you - some could be used to promote your participation in CACFP during #cacfpweek: