Scheduling Review Visits

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Scheduling facility review visits can be tough for sponsors! This blog post will break down the requirements and help you understand the rules. 7 CFR 226.16(d)(4) has the information about the frequency and type of facility reviews. When you sign up to sponsor a new site, you must make a visit within the first four […]

USDA Food Buying Guide

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The USDA Food Buying Guide is like an instruction manual for building a creditable CACFP meal. It tells you exactly how much you need of exact food items to ensure that you purchase and prepare enough food. It used to be that every CACFP sponsor had a giant binder with the Food Buying Guide in […]

Offer Versus Serve

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When serving meals in afterschool programs or adult day care centers on the CACFP or at any SFSP summer feeding site, you may use a type of meal service called Offer Versus Serve (OVS). To offer means that the participant gets the option to select from the available choices and decline others. To serve means […]

Grain Ounce Equivalents

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Starting October 1, 2019 You need to measure grain amounts in “ounce equivalents” instead of “servings”. The USDA is changing the way CACFP sites need to measure grain amounts so that the CACFP and the National School Lunch Program are all using the same method. The amount of grain is only slightly different:   Before […]