July, 2019 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.

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

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

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Team Up for CACFP Success

  • Would you like Peer to Peer assistance with CACFP?
  • Are you interested in expanding your CACFP support network?
  • Do you have a CACFP Review coming up and would like a little extra assistance to prepare? 

Register today for Team Up for CACFP Success training on August 9th at Central Rivers Area Education Agency in Cedar Falls.

You will receive tailored technical assistance by peer mentors to help you excel at operating a healthy childcare environment. Hear panel discussions and join breakout sessions with peer-to-peer mentoring, focusing on menu planning and CACFP administration. Mileage, sub-pay, and sub-grants will be offered by Iowa Team Nutrition.  Contact patti.delger@iowa.gov for more information.

Grow It

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care

Printed copies now available through Team Nutrition.

Team Nutrition's popular Grow It, Try It, Like It! nutrition education materials have been updated and customized for use by family child care homes! This resource is filled with garden-themed activities for children ages 3 through 5, with tips on how to include older children in the learning as well. This version of Grow It, Try It, Like It! also includes new posters, fruit and vegetable cards, and recipes.


Cooking Up Healthy Habits

Cooking Up Healthy Habits: A Guide to CACFP Meals

Cooking Up Healthy Habits: A Guide to CACFP Meal is an informational guide that provides tools to help you meet the updated CACFP meal pattern and best practices, when menu planning, preparing, and serving meals.


Materials include:the CACFP meal pattern for infants and children; 4, 2-week cycles of CACFP reimbursable recipes; and shopping lists.

Thirty on Thursdays

Serving Vegetables in the CACFP

On July 18, 2019, USDA’s Team Nutrition will present Serving Vegetables in the CACFP, as part of the CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays webinar series. 


The CACFP Halftime webinar will focus on creative and appealing ways to offer vegetables at meals and snacks in CACFP. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the presenters and to check their knowledge through interactive polling questions. The webinar is available in both English and Spanish.

Grow It Slide

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Webinar Recording Now Available

Children love to touch, smell, feel, and taste new fruits and vegetables that they have had a hand in growing! Planting activities help children connect the delicious food choices at the table with the garden, orchard, or farm.

The recorded webinar, on 6/10/19 features creative ways to grow fruits and vegetables at your childcare.