August 2020 CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

CACFP Team Nutrition Newsletter

August 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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cacfp conference

Iowa's CACFP Virtual Conference - Meals for the Picky Eater 

CACFP center directors and staff, Home Sponsors, and family daycare home providers are invited to attend. Register for both days (September 29 and October 6) to attend the virtual conference or only one as your schedule allows. You will receive the Zoom link just prior to each event. Earn 2 hours CACFP training hours/day for participating in the virtual conference.

Register today! 

September 29  - 1 - 3:00 p.m. 

October 6 - 1 - 3:00 p.m.

Reimbursement Rates

New CACFP Reimbursement Rates Released

The USDA has released the CACFP reimbursement rates for 2020-2021. Rates are effective from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. 

Summary of Changes are in RED. 

Download Reimbursement Rate Notice

COVID impact report

COVID Impact Webinar

Hundreds joined the National CACFP Sponsors Association from across the nation on July 23rd to hear about the survey results on the COVID Impact on the CACFP and childcare, learn about resources available, and steps to raise awareness. They also honored caregivers and shared their stories. You can now watch a recording of the live webinar, at your convenience. 

Access COVID Impact on the CACFP Webinar

COVID Impact on the CACFP Report

Do You Like to Mentor Others?

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 or assisting a center or home provider who does not participate in CACFP.  

Ambassador Application for Center

Ambassador Application for Home Providers

What can CACFP do for me? - Promotional flyer for childcare centers and homes to highlight the benefits of participating in CACFP. Available in English and Spanish.

Contact for more information.

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children in garden

CACFP is Making a Difference!

  • Taylor, CACFP home provider says, "The biggest meal time barrier for me is the pickier eaters who refuse to eat their rainbow of fruits and vegetables. My own children have spoiled me with their lack of pickiness but I have 2-3 daycare children enrolled who have lists as long as they are tall of things they don't like or don't want to eat. The way I tend to overcome these barriers is by taking them to farmers markets and produce trucks."
  • Jennifer, CACFP provider comments, "My biggest barrier is taking the time to plan and prep time.  My biggest success has been gardening with the kids and getting their help growing vegetables.  This makes them more likely to try something new."
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