March CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

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.


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Polk County ISU Extension Office

Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines

  • May 1 - Tools for Your Trade: CACFP Center and Home Sponsor Programs
  • May 2 - Tools for Your Trade: CACFP Center-based Programs

Grimes State Office Building

  • May 3 - CACFP Basics Workshops for New Center Administrative Staff and Cooks
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CACFP Meal Pattern Training

Home Sponsors, you are invited to attend a CACFP Home Sponsor Meal Pattern “Train the Trainer” event. This is a free, interactive training day to learn about whole grain ounce equivalents, the grain bread chart, and menu planning in CACFP. 

  • May 16 in Mason City, North Iowa Area Community College
  • June 4 in Altoona, Polk County ISU Extension Office

Attendees will receive the education and training materials, and $800 grant for training your Home Providers. Mileage reimbursement and sub-pay are also available. Get more details here

Contact Christine Crow at with your questions.

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Start Simple with MyPlate

Start Simple with MyPlate is a new initiative to reduce confusion surrounding healthy eating. The Start Simple campaign provides ideas and tips from the five MyPlate food groups that can be easily incorporated into busy lives to help improve health and well-being over time. 

MyPlate MyState toolkit for teachers is available here.

Breastfeeding Support

Celebrate National Nutrition Month

How are you celebrating National Nutrition Month? Here are a few free USDA resources to help in your nutrition education efforts.

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NEW CACFP Training Worksheet 

Identifying Whole Grain-Rich Foods for CACFP Using the Ingredient List. CACFP can use this colorful four-page worksheet to identify foods that are whole grain-rich using the Rule of Three.

Worksheets are available in English and Spanish online. Printed versions coming soon!


Food Buying Guide

Navigating the Food Buying Guide Calculator Webinar


On Wednesday, March 20th, (1:00 p.m. Central) USDA Team Nutrition is excited to demonstrate and provide in-depth practice for using the FBG Calculator, a new feature designed to create a shopping list to assist all Child Nutrition program operators when ordering food for their programs.

Program operators will be able to create and use their shopping list on-the-go. One hour CEU awarded toward CACFP Professionals Certification.

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CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays

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  • March 21st - Identifying Whole Grain-Rich Foods in the CACFP, Part 2
  • 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET English
  • 3:00– 3:30 p.m. ET Spanish


Future CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays Topics:

  • May 16th - Using the WIC Food List to Identify Creditable Foods in the CACFP
  • July 18th - Serving Vegetables in the CACFP
  • September 19th - In-Grained: Easy Tools to Determine Serving Amounts