July CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

July 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

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

F2SEC virtual conference

Resources and Recording of Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Virtual Conference

The 2020 Iowa Farm to School and Early Care virtual conference was Friday, June 19. Over 150 participants attended! A recording of the webinar, presenter slides and other resources are available here. Topics included farm to school and early care projects from around the state, information about the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition (and Network), procurement resources, Iowa Local Food Day, and more.

Stay tuned for information about the next virtual conference, planned for Friday, September 18th from 1-3 p.m.

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ICN Virtual Instructor Led Trainings

Register Now - Registration is limited to 25 participants per session.

The Institute of Child Nutrition is offering virtually led trainings for CACFP directors and staff on:

  • Training Culturally Diverse Groups
  • Foundations for Training Excellence: Basics
  • Introductions to Happy Meal Times in Child Care Settings

CACFP Ambassador Stipends

Is mentoring your peers something you excel at? A childcare center or home provider currently participating in CACFP can apply to receive an Ambassador Stipend ($300 for centers or $150 for home providers) by mentoring a center or home provider who does not participate in CACFP. By assisting a peer (via phone, email, FaceTime) with applying to participate in the food program, you can apply for the Ambassador Stipend by September 30, 2020. The goal is to increase CACFP participation across Iowa, with your help. 

Contact patti.delger@iowa.gov for more information.

Choose myplate

CACFP Success Stories

  • Home provider Tanya Smith says, "I am going to try to incorporate legumes into our weekly meals by adding them to taco meat or spaghetti sauce. Try hummus again. Let kids smash beans themselves and put on a tortilla shell."
  • Darbi DeVault says, "I love the recipe and cookbook section of the ChooseMyPlate website! Lots of good ideas, and I like that they have a sample menu as well to reference. I also like that they have an app, and will be downloading so I can easily reference!"

CACFP: Providing Multiple Meals at a Time During the Coronavirus Pandemic  

CACFP sites can provide more than one day’s worth of meals to eligible children via a single meal pick-up or delivery. This publication provides considerations, tips, best practices, and sample menus for CACFP operators who wish to distribute multiple meals at one time.  

CACFP Multiple Meals
CACFP Virtual Conference


Save the Date!

CACFP Virtual Conference - Meals for the Picky Eater September 29 and October 6, 2020, 1 – 3:00 p.m.


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