May CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

May, 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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TenderCare Award

Congratulations TenderCare

Congratulations Galdys Movall, TenderCare home provider in Mount Pleasant, for being awarded the Healthier CACFP Award for Highest Honors in all categories! Your commitment to place menus, physical activity, professional development, nutrition and wellness environment, and infant care in the forefront of your program to teach children and their families about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, is commendable. 

Crunch into Cucumbers

CRUNCH into Cucumbers

Childcare can apply for a $200 mini-grant to purchase local food. Crunch into Cucumbers - it's kind of a Big Dill! Participants are required to source local cucumbers from area producers. With this collective focus on a prolific local veggie, we work to support local food access and local farmers across Iowa. Due date is May 20th.

CACFP COVID-19 Waivers and Flexibilities

Webpage that includes waivers and flexibilities for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators and provides helpful resources to assure nutritious and safe meals are served in childcare organizations participating in CACFP during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual F2SEC Meeting

Farm to School and Early Care Virtual Conference June 19th 

Join the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition for a virtual conference on June 19, 2020, 1–3 p.m.

Register Here by June 16. The Zoom link will be shared a few days before the 19th to all who have registered. The virtual gathering includes:

  • Planning for 2020 Farm to School Month amidst COVID-19
  • Presentations from groups working across Iowa
  • Connecting with school and early care leaders

Iowa Team Nutrition will offer $350 sub-grants to CACFP centers and $100 to CACFP home providers to support farm to early care activities.


Team Nutrition Webinars and Training

Are you looking for online CACFP training opportunities you can do from home? Learn about hot topics in child nutrition with Team Nutrition's popular webinars:

Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

CACFP Success Story

Home provider Nicole Halligan says, "To save time in looking for recipes and checking to see if they utilize foods that are credible, I use recipes that are provided to me at face to face CACFP trainings and renewal meetings. I also subscribe to Iowa State Extension office's newsletter and receive recipes through email from this organization that are formatted to the CACFP guidelines and utilize only credible foods. I keep these recipes in a small box in my kitchen and use them each week when making a menu and grocery list for the next week for my home child care program." Spend Smart. Eat Smart. 

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