CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

January, 2020

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

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Team Up Photo

Team Up for CACFP Success Workshop, March 12, 2020

Register Today! Space is limited. 

The Team Up for CACFP Success Workshop will be at  Polk County ISU Extension and Outreach, 1625 Adventureland Dr. in Altoona. CACFP Directors, Managers, and Cooks are encouraged to attend.

•Attendees will be grouped with mentors for a unique learning experience

•Opportunity for CACFP participants to make positive strides in menu planning and family-style meals

•Each participant will leave with a plan of action for making healthy changes

•Connected to mentor for future assistance

Mileage, sub-pay, and $300 sub-grants will be available. For more information, please contact 

CACFP Menu with Best Practices

CACFP Menu with Best Practices

Iowa’s CACFP Menu with Best Practices has been updated! All recipes link to the Child Nutrition Recipe Box for childcare, from the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN). These kid-friendly recipes are standardized to provide updated crediting information for easy menu planning. They also include recipes made with legumes, whole grains, and/or dark green, red, and/or orange vegetables. Recipes are for 25-50 servings (Centers) or 6 servings (Homes).

Breakfast Burritos

Home Sponsor Training Success Stories

Two Home Sponsors have had great success with offering  CACFP Meal Pattern Requirements training to their home providers, with a $800 sub-grant from the Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services.

  • Tammy Herbert with Community Action Agency of Siouxland introduced providers to new recipes, such as breakfast burritos and banana chips, and also taught them how to involve the children in meal preparation. 
  • Becky Carlin with Upper Des Moines Opportunity, INC. taught providers how to use the CACFP Shopper App and provided kitchen scales, serving utensils for family style dining, and nutrition education tools for children. 

Additional home provider trainings are underway! Home Sponsors can contact to apply for the $800 sub-grant to train providers, due May 30, 2020.

Raise Healthy Eater in the New Year

CACFP Conference, April 28 - 30

Making an Impact

Central Rivers AEA, 1521 Technology Parkway, Cedar Falls

  • April 28 (Centers), Dr. Jennifer Groos, The Impact of Childhood Obesity
  • April 29 (Centers and Home Sponsors),  Kelly Matthews, Picky Eating and the Culture of Food
  • April 30 (Home Sponsors) 

Registration Coming Soon! Topics include i-PoWeR, Infant Feeding, Easy Snack Ideas, Menu Planning, and more. For more information, please contact

Chef Windmuller

Coming Soon!

  • Benefits and Barriers to CACFP Participation Survey, sent by DHS and CCR&R to help us address the barriers, promote CACFP, and increase participation throughout the state
  • CACFP Ambassador Opportunity to recruit new homes and centers to apply for CACFP ($150/home and $300/centers)
  • i-PoWeR, new and improved DHS Training Registry site
  • CACFP Meal Pattern Requirements trainings, May 27 (Cedar Rapids) and May 29 (Council Bluffs), with Chef Brenda Windmuller

Team Nutrition CACFP

Sponsoring organizations and independent child cares that participate in CACFP are invited to sign up as a Team Nutrition CACFP Organization, and join an important network working towards healthier nutrition and physical activity environments. Join today, and become a Team Nutrition CACFP Organization! You can enter your center EIN (Tax ID) number on the enrollment form instead of a DUNS number.

Why should you join?

  • Affirm the commitment to helping young children and adults make healthier food choices and be more active
  • Collaborate with other CACFP organizations
  • Be the first to hear about new nutrition education and training materials, and order free materials
Team Nutrition