January 2019 Healthy Habits Start Early Newsletter

CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

January, 2019

The CACFP Team Nutrition monthly newsletter provides information on nutrition and physical activity for young children, trainings and funding opportunities, resources, and success stories from Iowa CACFP programs working to support healthy habits.

Stay Connected! Iowa Department of Education - Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services

Facebook: @IowaCACFP  Email: patti.delger@iowa.gov  

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Mark Your Calendars!


Annual CACFP Conference

April 29 - May 1, Location TBD

CACFP Shopper

 Iowa CACFP Shopper App 

The CACFP Shopper app is a tool for child care providers who participate in CACFP to determine if food products are reimbursable, developed by the Iowa Department of Education through a USDA grant.

Download the App today!  App Store or Play Store


Join us for a webinar to receive a tutorial of this new resource on Friday, Jan 11th at 1pm: https://IDOE.zoom.us/j/8616126145

Food Buying Guide App

The Food Buying Guide Mobile App 

The Food Buying Guide Mobile App provides quick access to food yield information to help you make quick purchasing decisions from your mobile device. Download it today.


  • Purchasing the correct amounts of foods for Child Nutrition programs
  • Determining the contribution that each food makes toward meal pattern requirements
Animal Antics

Move for Thought - Animal Antics 

Move for Thought is a resource to increase physical activity opportunities for preschoolers. The kit was developed by Spyridoula Vazou, PhD, and Jacqueline Krough, M.S. from Iowa State University as part of an Iowa Team Nutrition Grant (USDA Funded).  Read a story about animals or use the animal cards provided, and for every animal picture have children act
like that animal. Great to Promote in Monthly Newsletters!

Animal Antics Activities

Animal Antics Cards



Update on Funds Available for CACFP

FNS has provided State Agencies with additional available appropriated funding. These funds, along with those previously provided, can support program operations at normal levels well into the month of March.

Jodi Kenney

Healthy Habits Start Early Success Story

Jodi Kenney, Home Provider is participating in the Healthy Habits Start Early project through Team Nutrition.  She provides tasty and healthy family-style meals meeting the CACFP meal pattern and provides MyPlate nutrition education to her children.  The children love eating healthy snacks at Kenney Daycare! 



What is CACFP Week?

CACFP Week is a national education and information campaign sponsored annually the third week of March by the National CACFP Sponsors Association. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of how the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program works to combat hunger. The CACFP brings healthy foods to tables from across the country for children in child care centers, homes, and afterschool programs as well as adults in day care. Now is the time to begin planning!

IDALS Calendar

2019 Iowa Local Foods Calendar

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has FREE calendars available that feature Iowa Local Foods through photos and interesting facts. Interested in some copies? Please send the quantity and mailing address to patti.delger@iowa.gov