My Food Program is seeking sponsoring organizations of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program and/or USDA Summer Food Service Program throughout the country that will interface with their state agency to guide them through how our software works and meets all the requirements of participating. We are looking for sponsoring organizations that have a culture that embraces change, are energized by challenges and can provide honest and thorough feedback. Use of our software at no charge consists of up to and including six months. Please see the Program Goals and Q&A sections below for more information.
We’re excited to announce the launch of the My Food Program strategic partner program. The goals of the strategic partner program are:
- Increase participation in the CACFP among sites that qualify but do not participate. We hear time and again from organizations who could, or did, participate in CACFP that their conclusion was that the sheer quantity of record keeping paperwork was so immense it would equal the reimbursement or even exceed it. We seek to change that and lower the burden of record keeping so more sites are able to participate.
- Lower the tangible and intangible costs of switching or implementing software. Tangible costs come from the expense of training sites and staff and changing legacy systems. Intangible costs come from the stress of wondering how your sites and staff will feel about a new system, the worry of going through a state agency review using different software and the concern that heaping even more change on top of a new meal pattern and stagnant reimbursement rates will cause a decline in your sponsorship. That’s where our support can help. We want to craft our software so that it’s easy and intuitive for sponsor staff, site staff and state agency reviewers and we need help to do that! We need to get in the weeds with you and figure out what changes need to be made so that we have the best product possible.
- Increase efficiency within your organization and the sites you sponsor. We know that our software can save you hundreds of hours of work, increase accuracy, reduce human input errors, and allow you and your sites more time to focus on your real job, providing care. We can do this while at the same time following every rule accurately.
- Provide sponsors with time to liaison with their state agency as they implement or switch electronic systems. State agencies do not approve CACFP software systems. This means that it is incumbent upon the sponsor to make sure that a software program can organize and report information in a way that meets recordkeeping requirements set by each state agency. However, it is not practical to create a different version of each CACFP form for each state. That’s where our strategic partners come in; we want our partners to be trusted liaisons and local experts that can collaborate with their state agency to help us create forms that work for everyone.