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Crediting Handbook

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On March 16, 2020 the USDA released a new version of the Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. This new version is aligned with the new meal pattern that became effective 10/1/2017. The Food Buying Guide and the Crediting Handbook are designed to work together. Think of the Food Buying Guide […]

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ARAM within Child Care Centers

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Attention Child Care Centers:You Might Be Eligible For The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program! The at-risk afterschool meals program has been in existence since the 1990s but only in some states. With the passage of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, afterschool programs in all states are eligible as long as they are located in a […]

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Child and Adult Care Food Program Bill

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My Food Program supports improvements to the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. There are some intriguing ideas in the Access to Healthy Foods for Young Children Act of 2019, introduced by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA). This bill utilizes the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to improve access to healthy, nutritious food […]

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CACFP Training Slides

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Do you need to train staff on the CACFP Meal Pattern? With all of the rules and changing regulations, it can be a bit overwhelming. Trying to gather all of the information and put it together in a clear, visual form can take a lot of staff time and effort. Luckily for you, these training […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]