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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]