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New USDA Infant Feeding Guide

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Exciting news! The USDA has issued a new handbook, “Feeding Infants in the Child and Adult Care Food Program”. This handbook was last updated in 2001 so it was ready for a refresh! The new handbook is double the size of the old version, up to 200 pages. It’s packed with information about the updated […]

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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 […]

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How Much Food Should I Buy?

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Estimating the amount of food to buy can be a difficult task. Here are a few tips to make it easier: Always plan your portions using the CACFP minimum portion size requirements. This ensures that every child gets enough food to meet their developmental needs. If you prepare your own meals, be sure to use […]

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Minimize Confusion, Maximize Time

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With all the recordkeeping requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), it can be really easy to make a mistake that could take substantial time to correct and could have real financial implications. Here are the best practices we have identified for minimizing confusion and maximizing time with the CACFP.   “Only […]

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CACFP Sponsor and Provider Characteristics Study

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  Ever wonder what “the average” CACFP sponsor looks like? If so, your wait is over. The USDA conducted a study of CACFP sponsor and providers in FY2015 and the results were recently published. Here are some interesting take-aways from the report:   There are 21,055 sponsors of child care centers and home and 178,061 […]

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Marketing to Parents

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Parents can often have a difficult time identifying quality care programs. Along with national accreditation programs, staff credential programs and state quality rating and improvement system, participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) has been proven to be an indicator of quality care! (For proof, take a look at this recently-published […]

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USDA Announces New Recipe Project

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The USDA is embarking on a new recipe project and would like the assistance of the CACFP community. USDA is looking for breakfast and snack ideas that illustrate the Child and Adult Care Food Program meal pattern that went into effect October 1, 2017. Recipes submitted for consideration should include fruits and vegetables, the use […]

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USDA Releases Two New Memos!

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On October 19, USDA released two new memos about CACFP operations. They are both clarifications of the new meal pattern and not changes to existing policy. Below is a summary of the new memos, but remember that state agencies have the authority to set recordkeeping requirements so you should always check with your sponsor or […]