For the Child and Adult Care Food Program Community
The Word on
Grow Healthy Kids
Eat Your ABC’s
on a Budget
Child Nutrition Today
First and foremost, we thank and honor all of you in the Board Members
child nutrition community for the amazing work each and
every one of you do day after day! It’s our goal, and desire, VICE PRESIDENT
to support your efforts in ensuring that all children have Kati Wagner, CMP, CCNP
access to healthy and nutritious food. President, Wildwood CACFP
Last year, we published 100,000 copies of our preview
issue of this magazine and the feedback we received was Robin Paul, CMP, CCNP
CEO, Mid Michigan
tremendous. The digital issue is online for continued Child Care Centers
sharing along with resources including recipes, menus,
PRESIDENT - Senta Hester, CMP, CCNP nutrition education, preschool activities, and links to USDA Melissa Moore, CCNP
Executive Director, Our Daily Bread of TN worksheets and regulations. You can download these by Program Director of Food Access
Knoxville, Tennessee visiting us online at www.cacfp.org/childnutritiontoday. Family League of Baltimore
You can also apply for a scholarship to the 2019 National Child Nutrition Conference, access
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
webinar trainings, and share your story with us. Vicki Lipscomb, CMP
President, Child Nutrition Programs
We are gratified that the child care community finds value in our message, resources, Charlotte, North Carolina
and training materials and we plan to continue sharing information you can use to run a
quality program. Sign up online as a community member, for free, to get relevant resources Denise Andrews, CMP, CCNP
delivered regularly to your email inbox. Co-Founder & Executive Director
For the Children
If you’re a child care provider or work at a center or afterschool program and are not already Vici, Oklahoma
participating in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, we invite you to learn Debra Ghia
Vice President CACFP, Lehigh Valley
more at cacfp.org. Search our Find A Sponsor directory for organizations who can get you Children’s Centers
enrolled today so you can receive reimbursement for the meals Best Regards,
you are already serving. Across the nation, 115,000 child care
home providers and 62,000 child care centers are participating
in the CACFP and serving over 4 million children each day.
Who is the National CACFP Sponsors Association? Rhonda Kobylecky, CMP, CCNP
Director of Food Services
Since 1986, the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA) has been the leading national Acelero Learning
organization for sponsors who administer the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program Las Vegas, Nevada
Annetta Rutland, CMP, CCNP
“We believe that healthy We are a national platform for the community and Strategic Director, Quality
eating starts early and that our mission is to share education resources, offer Programs, 4C for Children
every child deserves access to an engaging, informative annual conference, and Cincinnati, Ohio
nutritious food year round.” provide members with information on legislation
and regulations. Blake Stanford, CMP
President, SW Human
We support child care providers, center Development Services
staff, afterschool program teams, sponsoring Austin, Texas
organizations, state agencies, and all organizations
with an interest in ensuring that all children have Find us online
access to healthy foods, year-round. To that end, we @ cacfp.org/childnutritiontoday
offer a home for the Summer Food Service Program Sign up to get eNews and updates
(SFSP) community at our national professional delivered directly to your inbox.
development conference which has grown to be the
largest training and networking opportunity in the
country for the CACFP and SFSP.
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Inside... This last May, we celebrated a huge milestone, the 50th anniversary
of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. In 1968, Congress
4│The Word on Whole Grain amended the National School Lunch Act to reach children in child
Identifying Whole Grain-Rich care programs. The goal was to encourage healthy eating habits
by offering reimbursement to providers for serving nutritious
6│Grow Healthy Kids meals. Initially, the CACFP reached about 23,000 children in family
Eat Your ABC’s child care homes. Now, 50 years later, over 4.4 million children in
homes, centers, and afterschool programs have access to healthy
7│Infant Corner and nutritious foods every day. Throughout the CACFP's 50 year
Developmental Milestones history, the program has continued to update its nutrition standards
in conjunction with the USDA meal patterns and the Department
8│Family Style Dining of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines. Without the CACFP, many
Making It Easy to Implement children would not have access to nutritious foods. Not only do we
celebrate this milestone for CACFP but we also praise each of you
10│Healthy Everyday Choices for your commitment to the well-being of each child in your care.
on a Budget
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12│Recipes from Around the World
& CACFP Cycle Menu
14│Why We Do What We Do
Labor of Love
15│Everyday Nutrition Education
Understanding CN Labels
The Word on Whole Grain
For years, nutrition experts have said that whole grains are good Whole Grain
for us and that at least half of the grains in our diet should be
whole grains. That means that children younger than age 8, who contains all parts of the grain kernel
eat about 3-5 ounces of grains each day, need to get 1 ½ to 2 ½
ounces from whole grains. which includes the bran, germ and
What are whole grains? endosperm. Bran
Whole grains include corn, oats, rice, rye, and whole wheat. “Outer shell” protects seed
There are also a variety of lesser known whole grains such as
millet, quinoa, buckwheat, spelt, einkorn, teff, sorghum, triticale, Fiber, B vitamins, trace minerals
What is the difference between whole grain Provides energy
and refined grain?
Whole grain is harvested and the entire kernel is ground into
flour, flattened into a cereal (like rolled oats), or chopped into Germ
pieces. Refined grain splits the grain, removing the outside Nourishment for the seed
fibrous bran coating and the central healthy fat-containing germ.
The result is a light-colored flour that, when baked, creates light Antioxidants, vitamin E, B-vitamins
textured baked goods. However, when the grain is refined, many
of the vitamins and minerals are lost in the process which results SERVING OF
in a less nutritious food than the original whole grain. GRAINS each day must contain
a whole grain-rich component for
Why are whole grains important? child and adult meal patterns.
Whole grains are an important source of vitamins and minerals. Whole Grain-Rich
The nutrients found in whole grains include: vitamin E, vitamin 50%are foods that contain at least
B6, magnesium, manganese, zinc, potassium, copper, and whole
pantothenic acid. Whole grains are also the top source for fiber
and dietary fiber, which reduces the risk of heart disease and type grains and the remaining grains are enriched,
2 diabetes. Fiber helps the digestive system which is a benefit to 100%or are
those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools; often whole grain.
common in younger children.
CACFP Need to Know
Why increase the whole grains in the meals
and snacks we eat? ◆◆ One whole grain-rich food must be served by the
Multiple studies have shown that people who eat 1-4 servings home or center each day regardless of which children
daily decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke by 25%. Whole participate in that meal.
grains also play an important role in positively impacting our
health by: ◆◆ If your site serves snacks only and the snack does not
• Lowering the risk of heart disease, include a grain, the WGR requirement does not apply.
If you do serve a grain, it must be whole grain-rich.
• Lowering cholesterol levels,
◆◆ Grain portions served must meet the minimum serving
• Regulating insulin levels and managing diabetes,
size for the age group to satisfy the whole grain-rich
• Providing healthy antioxidants to combat cancer, requirement.
• Improving bowel function and preventing colon cancer, and Whole Grain
• Preventing obesity and aiding with weight management. cereals which are fortified
with vitamins and minerals
cacfp.org :: 4 :: issue one :: 2018-2019 are whole grain-rich. They
must also meet the sugar
limit requirements to be
What are we doing about it? Id entifying Whole
The US Department of Agriculture Food & Grain-Rich Resources
Nutrition Service (FNS) now requires that
CACFP meal patterns include whole grains and En Español
that providers who serve grains offer a whole
grain-rich component at least once a day. The Handy One Page
term whole grain-rich (verses whole grain) can Quick Reference
be confusing and many product packaging labels
can add to that confusion as well. Sheet
How to identify whole grain-rich? Full Eight Page
There are several methods for identifying if
a product is whole grain-rich. These include Booklet
breads and macaroni labeled “whole wheat”;
products found on any state agency WIC list or Available at cacfp.org/childnutritiontoday
which have an FDA whole grain health claim
on their packaging; foods that meet the Rule Ingredients Samurai
of Three or meet the whole grain-rich criteria Banana
under NSLP; recipes with proper manufacturers' §§ 100% whole wheat flour Sushi Roll
documentation or which are standardized and tortilla, small
can demonstrate that whole grains are the Directions
primary grain ingredient by weight; and cereals §§ 1 large banana
which have a whole grain as the first ingredient §§ 2 tablespoons peanut butter Have a pair of children work together to
and are fortified with vitamins and minerals. make this fun snack. Give each twosome
a tortilla with the peanut butter and let
Easy Ways to Include them spread it using the back of a spoon.
Place peeled banana at one end and roll
Whole Grain-Rich it up. Slice into 8 pieces.
☐☐ Whole wheat bread for Snack Crediting: 2 Servings for ages 1-2 & 3-5
sandwiches or toast, whole
grain-rich tortillas for
quesadillas or wraps
☐☐ Ready‐to‐eat whole grain, fortified cereals
☐☐ Brown or wild rice, oatmeal, whole wheat
☐☐ Pancakes, waffles, or muffins made with
at least 50% whole grain flour and
remaining grains are enriched
☐☐ Whole grain-rich crackers, pretzels, pita
Check the Ingredients List
Manufacturers and advertisers are experts at
making food sound appealing. Statements on
the packaging can sometimes mislead consumers
into believing they are getting a product high in
whole grain when they may not be. Beware of
terms like “good source,” “hearty grains,” “whole
grain blend,” “multi-grain,” “made with whole
wheat," and “contains whole grains.”
For more whole grain recipes visit us at: CACFP is an indicator of quality child care.
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Apples & Bananas Eat Your ABC’s
In a world full of quick meals, something big is missing from
Teach your group how to play this classic our kids’ diets. Many children are showing signs of vitamin
game using fruit instead of X’s and O’s. Go and mineral deficiencies. Fortunately, those who are cared
to the store and pick up four apples and four for in a CACFP participating home or center are likely
bananas. Set up a Tic-Tac-Toe board on the getting what they need in the foods they’re served.
floor with either string or blue painter's tape.
Then it’s game on. Best part is you get to eat Teaching kids about the importance of vitamins and
the game pieces for snack when you’re done! minerals can be hard. The words alone can be foreign to
them. During meal times, start by teaching about the food
Vitamin Chart groups (fruits, veggies, protein, grain, and dairy) as well as
the vitamins and minerals they offer.
Download the vitamin chart at
cacfp.org/childnutritiontoday. What To Teach About Vitamins
Then have each of your children log
which vitamins they are consuming Vitamins come from plants and animals and help our bodies
during each meal. They can draw the grow all the way from infant to adult. When we eat foods
food items in the boxes or as a fun with vitamins, some get saved in our bodies for later use
alternative use stickers or glue on when needed and others, like vitamin C and B, pass through
images cut from magazines. if not used immediately. That is why we need to eat foods
with those vitamins every single day.
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What To Teach About Minerals
Minerals come from water and soil. Since we don’t eat dirt,
we get them from foods that have absorbed the minerals. A
little bit of each mineral helps do a different job like making
our bones strong and healing our bodies when we bleed.
Why They Are Important
Tell your kids that vitamins and minerals are like super powers and each
one has their own special job to help our bodies grow and be healthy. Some
help you see, grow strong bones, avoid getting sick, or give you energy.
Help the children in your care see and appreciate the super powers on their
plates to get them excited about the foods they are eating. By teaching the
importance of vitamins and minerals, you’ll be helping them form life-long
Seven key vitamins & minerals
that every kid needs.
We’re not kidding when we say eat your ABC’s. It’s a lot like alphabet soup.
Vitamin A is great for vision and seeing in color. It also
contributes to tissue and bone repair.
Good sources include: eggs, carrots, spinach, kale, peaches, milk, and
Vitamin B (s) is a family of four different kinds of vitamin
B – B2, B3, B6, and B12. They aid in healthy muscles and nervous systems.
The vitamin B family also produces the energy we need to be active.
Good sources include: meat, chicken, beans, apples, bananas, fish,
yogurt, and cheese.
Vitamin C boosts the immune system to fight Infants
against colds and other illnesses. It also helps keep your Developmental milestones are used
gums, bones, and blood vessels healthy.
as markers to ensure that infants and toddlers are
Good sources include: oranges, sweet potato, growing in a healthy direction. During early years, a
strawberries, kiwi, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, and cabbage. child’s relationship with food is crucial for his or her health and
development. Learning the physical stages that relate to feeding
Vitamin D comes mostly from being in the sun is important to understanding this process. Within the first
few days of life, an infant has to first learn the coordination of
but can be found in some foods. Vitamin D is essential for sucking, breathing and swallowing. Next there is learning tongue
bone growth and healthy teeth by helping absorb calcium. control and movement that will eventually lead to chewing.
With the introduction of complementary foods at around six
Good sources include: salmon, tuna, milk, cheese, and months, infants learn how to open their mouths in response to
grain cereals. food, start learning how to bite soft foods, and how to hold and
bring it to their mouths. Every movement from bringing food to
Vitamin E maintains healthy blood cells and mouth, opening mouth, biting, moving tongue to chew food and
then swallowing are all learned skills.
muscle tissue, which is good for the development of the
heart and brain.
Good sources include: nuts, broccoli, egg yolks,
avocado, mango and certain types of fish.
Calcium is a mineral that works with vitamin D
to build strong bones and teeth as a child grows.
Good sources include: milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, and
Iron builds muscle and is essential to healthy red blood
cells. It helps the blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to
the rest of your body for energy.
Good sources include: beef, chicken, turkey, pork,
spinach, and beans.
Eat ABC’s and
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Once it is determined that a child is
ready to start consuming solid foods,
providers should work closely with
artichoke broccoli parents to determine which foods are
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introduced gradually and when the
child is developmentally ready, the
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and mince into pieces. Add all ingredients in a mixingFor it is filled with vitamins b, k & c.
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• Broccoli is one of the healthiest green vegetables.
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The first make some prints to smoothie
resemble the corn. Slightly bend the
end of a straw to make an oval shape, • 1 large Dragon Fruit, peeled and cut up
dip it in yellow paints, and stamp • 5 large Strawberries cut up (approx 1 cup)
onto white card. Use paper plates • 1 Banana cut up.
as paint trays for super quick clean- • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
up! When the paint had dried, trace • 1/2 cup of crushed ice.
around their hand in pencil then
Mix all ingredients in a blender and serve 1/2 cup to
each child. Ask them to describe the taste.
Tips for Family Style Dining
START WITH THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
When purchasing serving
dishes, utensils and other place
settings, keep in mind that
they need to be kid-friendly
and sized for little hands to
pePaas,ssptlehaese! REMEMBER EACH CHILD’S SKILL LEVEL
when choosing your menu. Finger foods and foods that
Skipwith Academy are easy to navigate with a child-size fork or spoon are
easiest to self-serve for younger children.
Why You Should
Serve Family Style HAVE MULTIPLE SETS OF UTENSILS and serving
spoons in case someone drops one on the floor.
Family style dining encourages learning
and development not only at the table GIVE EACH CHILD A TASK to help set the table. One
but away from mealtime as well. Children child can set the plates, one can place the cups and so
learn independence, social skills, and other on. Children have a sense of pride and belonging when
important habits that will last them they have a contributing role.
OFFER A VARIETY OF FAMILIAR
There are many benefits to serving which increases vocabulary, FOODS and don’t forget to introduce
your meals family style and it is not promotes proper use of language new foods. Children are more willing
hard to implement. It may be as easy and interaction with friends. to try something new when they serve
as putting the minimum serving themselves.
of food required in serving dishes, There are even more benefits that
placing it on the table and allowing support healthy growth. Children RESERVE EXTRA SERVINGS for second helpings or
children to serve themselves. learn: in case the bowl of food gets contaminated.
There is a learning curve to this §§ portion sizes for each food PROVIDE A TRASH CAN for children
method. However, this approach group, in which to dispose napkins and
to mealtime creates a number of uneaten food. Provide a tub for
healthy habits that are important §§ to recognize when they are them to place dirty dishes after
to the growth and development of hungry or satisfied, they scrape them off.
children at any age. Children tend
to eat more healthy foods if they see §§ how to identify healthy foods KEEP CLEANING SUPPLIES
their friends try it. They learn skills and where they come from, and NEARBY Spills will happen.
such as taking turns, sharing and Be patient and use this
teamwork. §§ to improve fine motor skills. opportunity as a teaching
moment on how to clean-up.
Family style dining opens up Children are not the only ones who
opportunities for conversation, benefit. Providers get a better grasp Most importantly, EAT WITH YOUR
of food costs, get help with mealtime CHILDREN. Children learn from good role models.
service and, with less food being Sitting with them while everyone eats also allows you
wasted, they save money. to start positive mealtime conversations.
There’s nothing more exciting for children than being More tools and resources available at:
able to say, “I did it all by myself!”
- Jennifer from Mechanicsville, VA
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Community Helpers Good People Creditable
that meet CACFP Meal Pattern guidelines.
March 17-23, 2019
ü Apple & Red Cabbage Slaw
Celebrate the community helpers who work to ü Jicama & Watermelon Salad
ensure that over 4 million children have access to
healthy meals and snacks every day.
ü Ham Slice & Potato Pancakes
STATE AGENCIES ü Chicken & Spinach Salad
USDA ü Cottage Cheese & Pineapple Rings
ü Fruit & Yogurt Smoothie
ü Strawberry Pancakes
Cut along line and post on your refrigerator ü Pumpkin-Raisin Muffins
ü Avocado Toast yum!
ü Pizza Wheels can’t wait!
CACFP supporting our " ü Pinto Bean & Cheese Tortillas
communities for over 50 years! ü Egg Salad Pita Pocket
Resources & Tools coming soon to cacfp.org/cacfpweek.
Invest in Yourself, easy!
Invest in Your Career!
ü Baked Chips & Salsa
ü Pretzels & Guacamole
“It’s a quality recognition that ü Cucumber Yogurt Salad
shows I am committed to the ü Tuna Wraps
CACFP and my continued higher
level of education.”
ü Yogurt Parfait
- Terri, CCNP, CMP ü Peanut Butter Bananas
JOIN THE HUNDREDS OF PROVIDERS who have received
their CACFP Professional Certification.
VISIT CACFP.ORG 2018-2021 2018-2021 ü Apple Bites & Milk
ü Clementines & Milk
To find out if you already qualify!
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Healthy Choices on a Budget
Ten Ways To Save You Even More Money
There is a huge misconception that eating 2 Adapt to Sales Don’t throw
healthy costs a lot more than the everyday away the junk mail just yet. Check
average meal, especially if you have a small and see what’s on sale before menu
group to feed. You may have heard of some planning. If there’s a great sale on whole
ways to help cut the grocery bill. Many of grain pasta and canned tuna, make tuna
them are pretty common such as looking noodle casserole for lunch that week. Plan
for coupons, meal planning, and making ahead and if something you use often is on
grocery lists. While those certainly help, sale, like green beans, buy ahead of time;
we want to dig a little deeper and share ten store or freeze until you need it.
ways to help you save even more change for
your purse. 3 Shop Specialty Stores
Discount stores are perfect for
1 Share Ingredients First and saving money. They may not have
foremost, meal planning is key. Okay, everything on your shopping list but you
this isn’t a new one, but we have a can be creative with your meals and plan
twist! When planning your meals, share your menus with what they have available.
ingredients. For example, you make black Or shop online! Online grocers can be a
bean and spinach tostadas Monday; chances source for savings and convenience. Also,
are you won’t use all your spinach. Don’t grocers specializing in ethnic foods often
times have hard-to-find ingredients at
let it go to waste. Use the remaining great prices.
spinach Tuesday for spinach and
strawberry salad. Wednesday’s menu
calls for strawberry pancakes. You get
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Healthy Eating Starts Early
4 Visit the Farmer’s Market 7 9Make Your Own Condiments Eat Less Meat Use meat alternates
right before they close. Growers Make your own dips, sauces, salad
don’t want to take produce back dressings and spreads. Not only are when possible. Beans and eggs
with them. They tend to give the best are less expensive than a pound of
deals right before they call it a day. It saves
them money too because produce gets these items inexpensive to make but you hamburger. Use refried beans on your
wasted if it doesn’t sell. You can’t get any
healthier than fresh produce. control the sodium and fat contents. You taco instead of beef, or serve egg salad
5 Buy in Bulk Shop in the bulk also eliminate unhealthy ingredients. sandwiches instead of turkey.
bin section of your grocery store.
Get your noodles, rice, quinoa, flour 10 Get Paid to Grocery Shop
and other dry ingredients. Buying by the Download rebate apps on your
pound saves you some serious dough. phone. Tag it with grocery store
loyalty apps. Most apps do the savings for
Bonus Buy your meat in bulk. you. You just have to shop and scan. Some
apps will even credit you the difference if a
Wholesale stores have great prices by the product you recently purchased goes on sale
pound on ground beef, chicken, and pork. within a certain time frame.
Just separate and freeze when you get
home. 8 Stay Loyal Sign up for store Stretch your
loyalty programs. Some food markets
6 Learn Price Per Unit Grocery and super stores offer cash back food dollars. When you receive
stores have to display food costs in on your purchases or bonus points to reimbursement from the USDA as a
price per ounce or price per unit. use toward a discount on your bill at the CACFP provider for serving healthy
Often, you’ll find that the price per ounce register. The more you spend at that same meals and snacks, you can purchase a
is significantly less for the food item you store, the more you will earn which can greater variety of foods. Know someone
want when purchased in a larger volume. mean big savings over time. who is not on the food program? Share
It may cost more but you’re getting a
bigger bang for your buck. our site, cacfp.org so they can:
Find a Sponsor
National CACFP Sponsors Association
has partnered with Sesame Street in Communities to create creditable recipes
that the whole gang will love!
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visit us at: cacfp.org/childnutritiontoday
Food From Around the World
Asian Chicken Ingredients
§§ 1 cup shredded lettuce
Directions §§ 1 cup shredded cabbage
§§ 1 cup shredded carrots
Mix mayonnaise and dressing together in a large bowl §§ 2 cooked boneless chicken
until well blended. Stir in chicken, lettuce, cabbage, and breasts, cubed (12 oz.)
§§ 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
carrots. Spread mixture evenly on four tortillas. Roll, cut §§ 1/4 cup Asian toasted
in half, and serve. Add apple slices sesame dressing
§§ 4 - 100% whole wheat flour
and milk to make
it a full meal! tortillas, small
Lunch /Supper Crediting: 8 Servings for ages 3-5
Sahara Bon appetit
Potato More recipes from
Hash Around the World
including some from
Ingredients Directions our friends at Team Nutrition (TN).
Each day is a different continent.
§§ 1 tablespoon olive oil Sautee the onion in oil until
§§ 1/2 sweet onion, diced thoroughly softened and then For more creditable recipes visit us at:
§§ 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled add the sweet potatoes and water.
Cover pot and cook on medium- cacfp.org/childnutritiontoday
and petitely diced high heat for 10-15 minutes until
§§ 2 tablespoons water the potatoes are done, stirring
§§ 3 large eggs occasionally. Make three cavities
with the back of a spoon and crack
in the eggs. Cover again, cook 5
minutes until the eggs have set,
and then scramble them until
cooked. Mix with potatoes.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Breakfast /Snack Crediting: 9 Servings for ages 1-5
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Sample Cycle Menu to help you plan an Around the World themed menu with creditable recipes.
Visit us at cacfp.org/childnutritiontoday for full recipes, serving sizes and other CACFP creditable information. Remember
to check with your sponsor or state agency in case there may be additional restrictions to your menu planning beyond the
Continent South America Africa Asia & Oceania North America Europe
of the day
MONDAY - DAY 1 TUESDAY - DAY 2 WEDNESDAY - DAY 3 THURSDAY - DAY 4 FRIDAY - DAY 5
BREAKFAST Milk Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or
Fruit/Vegetable Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5)
Grain/Meat+ Refried Beans Sweet Potato Hash Star Fruit Strawberry Parfait Apple Slices
Milk Sweet Potato Strawberries
WGR Tortilla WGR Naan Soft Boiled Egg
Sweet Potato Hash Strawberry Parfait
Whole (age 1) or Eggs Whole (age 1) or Yogurt Whole (age 1) or
Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5)
Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or
Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5)
Fruit / Vegetable* Guava Watermelon Kiwi Grapes Apricots
LUNCH Vegetable TN Red Beans & Rice TN Chicken/Veggie Couscous Asian Chicken Wraps Celery TN Beef Goulash
Grain Onion & Bell Pepper Carrots, Onion, Olives Cabbage, Carrots, Lettuce Onions
TN Creamy Wild Rice
Meat/Meat Alternate TN Red Beans & Rice TN Chicken/Veggie Couscous Asian Chicken Wraps Brown & Wild Rice TN Beef Goulash
Brown Rice WGR Couscous WGR Tortilla WGR Egg Noodles
TN Creamy Wild Rice
TN Red Beans & Rice TN Chicken/Veggie Couscous Asian Chicken Wraps Turkey TN Beef Goulash
Dark Red Kidney Beans Chicken Chicken Beef Round
SNACK Fruit TN Batatas & Apples Orange Wedges Samurai Banana Sushi Roll Cantaloupe Cucumber Slices
Vegetable Apples TN Veggie Mash Up Bananas
Swiss Chard, Potato, Peas, Corn TN Squash Casserole Rye Bread
Grain TN Batatas & Apples Samurai Banana Sushi Roll Egg & Cheese
Meat/Meat Alternate Sweet Potatoes Whole (age 1) or WGR Tortilla Whole (age 1) or
Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Whole (age 1) or Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5)
Milk Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5)
Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5)
SUPPER Fruit / Vegetable* Mango Slices Peach Passion Fruit Juice Green Beans Apple Slices Plum Slices
Vegetable TN Beef Picadillo TN Chickpeas & Tomatoes TN Tabbouleh Pizza Wheels TN Turkey Tzatziki Burgers
Grain Tomato, Onion, Bell Pepper Tomato & Onion Cucumber & Tomato Mushrooms Spinach, Tomato, Cucumber
Meat/Meat Alternate TN Beef Picadillo WGR Pita Pockets TN Tabbouleh Pizza Wheels TN Turkey Tzatziki Burgers
Brown Rice Bulgar WGR Tortilla WGR Pita Pockets
TN Chickpeas & Tomatoes
TN Beef Picadillo Garbanzo Beans Grilled Fish Pizza Wheels TN Turkey Tzatziki Burgers
Ground Beef Mozzarella Cheese Ground Turkey
BREAKFAST Milk DAY 6 DAY 7 DAY 8 DAY 9 DAY 10
LUNCH Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or
Grain/Meat+ Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5)
Milk Big Bird's Sunrise Smoothie
Avocado Tangerines Peaches Blueberries
Fruit / Vegetable* Pineapple
Vegetable Big Bird's Sunrise Smoothie Whole Wheat Toast Hawaiian Bread WGR Oatmeal WGR French Toast
Grain Whole (age 1) or
Yogurt Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Whole (age 1) or
Meat/Meat Alternate Whole (age 1) or Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Mashed Potatoes Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5)
Milk Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5)
Bananas Kumquats Corn Spinach Salad
Mandarin Oranges TN Stir-Fry Pork
TN Greens & Beans Soup Broccoli, Carrots, Onion Dinner Roll Monster’s Marinara Meal
TN Baked Cod Ole Greens, Sweet Potato, Onion TN Stir-Fry Pork Tomatoes
Tomato & Onion WGR Brown Rice Meatloaf
WGR Couscous TN Stir-Fry Pork Whole (age 1) or Monster’s Marinara Meal
WGR Brown Rice Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Spaghetti
TN Greens & Beans Soup Pork
TN Baked Cod Ole Garbanzo Beans Monster’s Marinara Meal
Cod Fillet Whole (age 1) or Grapefruit Turkey
Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5)
SNACK Vegetable Acorn Squash Baked Eggplant Sticks Cherry Tomatoes
Grain Quinoa TN Savory Rice Pilaf Graham Crackers
Meat/Meat Alternate Mozzarella Cheese Balls
Milk Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or Whole (age 1) or
Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5) Low/Fat Free Milk (ages 2-5)
SUPPER Fruit / Vegetable* Papaya Slices Okra Honeydew Melon Pears Raisins
Vegetable TN Black Beans/Plantains Jollof Rice TN Baked Egg Rolls TN Great Garden Soup TN Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Grain Tomato & Onion Tomato, Onion, Carrots, Peas Carrots & Green Cabbage Vegetable Medley Peas, Carrots, Cucumbers
Meat/Meat Alternate TN Black Beans/Plantains Jollof Rice TN Baked Egg Rolls Dinner Roll TN Mediterranean Tuna Salad
WGR Brown Rice Enriched Rice Wonton Wrappers WGR Pita Pockets
TN Great Garden Soup
TN Black Beans/Plantains Baked Chicken TN Baked Egg Rolls Kidney Beans TN Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Black Beans Ground Turkey Tuna
+ Meat and meat alternates may be served in place of the entire grains component at breakfast a maximum of three times per week. cacfp.org :: 13 :: issue one :: 2018-2019
* The fruit component at lunch/supper may be substituted by an additional vegetable.
Why We Do What We Do
For Shirley Philips, of Cushings,
Oklahoma, child care wasn’t just
a chapter in her life. It is her life.
After 57 years, Shirley still talks
about ‘her’ kids with a level of
passion and commitment that
makes anyone listening understand
“I can’t imagine doing why, for her, this is the best
position in the world. Through her
anything else. I have taken time as a provider, many things
have changed, but she says, “If
care of kids all my life and a child care provider surrounds
I’d rather do that than children with the educational tools
anything else out there.” they need and a loving, nurturing
Child Nutrition environment the kids can have a successful start.” She adds that there is
nothing more rewarding than seeing the kids learn and grow, knowing she
The National CACFP Sponsors Association is excited
to work with a number of organizations whose has played a key role in their lives.
commitment to the child nutrition community
knows no boundaries. Check out these great Belinda Mercer, from Baltimore, Maryland, took an interesting path that
resources: led her to home child care. After 25 years in training adults in the banking
industry, she decided she wanted to ‘train’ preschool children. She opened
Eat Smart Positive Images of Love; this is not
Play Hard just a name to her, it’s a philosophy.
Belinda is teaching the children how
Featuring our partner to love, care and be respectful of the
at ChooseMyPlate.gov, people around them, in addition to
the USDA has developed learning basic preschool skills. She
this two-sided poster believes that a healthy diet can work
(8 1/2 x 11) which shows “miracles” in children—changing
the MyPlate icon and foods in the five food groups. them not only physically, but also
You can order a set of 35 in English or Spanish from mentally and academically as well.
Since September 2011, Idarme “If you give up on getting
María Martín Santos has taken care the children to taste
of children in her home in Tampa, new food, they will too.
Florida. She takes pride in maintaining
a high-level of care and believes that I don’t give up.”
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This certifies that and providing breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinners, Idarme is committed to
0.5 hours credited CEU’shas atteannd_de__dh_at_hs_e_r_eU_cS_e_Di_vA_e_dT_:_h_ir_t_y_o_n_P_Ta_hr_t_uic_risp_ad_n_at_ys_sN_T_a_rma_e_in_i_n_g__W__e_b_in__a_r_o_n__t_h_e__a_b_ove date
proper nutrition. Idarme is extremely passionate about her meaningful work
CACFP Halftime: as a provider. She involves both the children and their parents in the process
hirty of preparing her menus. The most important thing to her is that children feel
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care and finds joy in watching them
Thirty on Thursdays “The children depend on
me for their protection. I
Join the USDA Team Nutrition for monthly training am dedicated to support
webinars on hot topics related to the CACFP Meal their health and I have so
Pattern requirements. Webinars are held on the
third Thursday of every month, in English and much love for them.”
Spanish. These webinar trainings can be applied
towards your CACFP Professional Certification. Tell us your story @ cacfp.org/childnutritiontoday.
Register today at cacfp.org/thirtyonthursdays. We would love to feature your program.
EVERYDAY How do you unwind from
NUTRITION a day full of children?
Understanding CN Labels “Before I call it a
day, I journal. I
The Child Nutrition (CN) Label is a product label which contains a statement write about what
from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service that clearly identifies the we did that day.
contribution that product makes towards the CN meal pattern requirements. I jot down notes for myself so I
don’t forget. I log my emotions.
Serving Size 5 Corn Dog (96g) Put my goals for the following day
Serving Per Container about 24 on paper. The last thing I do is I
write myself a little affirmation.
SHAPED CHICKEN NUGGETS WITH 100% RIB MEAT Amount Per Serving 230 Then I put it in a drawer and
90 leave it there as if I’m clocking
Calories out. I try not to think about
Calories from Fat anything that happened at work
because I wrote it all down. Then
INGREDIENTS: Contains Up To 20% Solution Of Water, Salt, And Sodium Phosphates. Breaded, % Daily Values ** the next day I read my entry
from the day before, especially the
Battered And Predusted With: Bleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Total Fat 10g 15% affirmation. It’s a great way to
start my day.”
Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Less Than 2% Of Each Of The Saturated Fat 2.5g 13% - Vivian from
Following: Yellow Corn Flour, Spices, Leavening, (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Trans Fat 0g Birmingham, AL
Monocalcium Phosphate), Flavor (Maltodextrin, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Flavor, Hydrolyzed Corn Cholesterol 55mg 18% Six Digit ID# Monthly motivational
Gluten), Soybean Oil, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Silicon Dioxide Added As An Anticaking Agent. Coated Sodium 560mg 28% posters available online
With: Wheat Flour. Breading Set In Vegetable Oil. Total Carbohydrate 16g at cacfp.org.
CONTAINS: EGG, SOY, WHEAT 5% Assigned by the USDA
HEATING INSTRUCTIONS: From Frozen: Heat in Convection Oven for 5-8 minutes at 375°F. Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Convectional Oven for 7-10 minutes at 400°F. Appliances vary, adjust cook times accordingly. Sugars 0g
000000 % Daily Values **
Five .88oz breaded fully cooked chicken nuggets (2.43 oz Total) provide Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 0%
CN 000000CN Calcium
2.00 oz equivalent meat/meat alternate and 1.00 serving bread alternate CN Iron 1T02o%%tal)
for Child Nutrition Meal Pattern Requirements. (Use of this logo and
statement authorized by the Food and Nutrition Service. USDA 00-00.)
Five .88oz breaded fully cooked chickenCN nuggets (2.43 oz provide CN
P-000 CNFULLY COOKED • 2K.0E0EPozFReOqZuEivNalent meat/meat alternate and 1.00 serving bread• Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values alternate
PACKED 24 - .88OfZo.r (4C61hiGld) • NNuEtrTitiWonT 5M.2e5alLBPattemrnay be hRigheerqoruloiwreer dmepeendnintgson. (Use ofyour calorie needs. this logo and
statement authorized by the Food and Nutrition Service. USDA 00-00.)
Approved by the USDA
Child Nutrition labels do NOT indicate that a product is healthy.
CN labels are mainly used on processed meats and meat alternate products.
If using CN labeled foods, always read the nutrition labels
to choose the healthiest option. THE
Equivalent Calculation Lunch/Supper* MATH
1 & 2 year olds (1 oz) = 3 nuggets 1 & 2 year olds (1/2 oz) = 1.5 nuggets
3-5 year olds (1.5 oz) = 4 nuggets 3-5 year olds (1/2 oz) = 1.5 nuggets
6-12 year olds (2 oz) = 5 nuggets 6-12 year olds (1 oz) = 3 nuggets
*The crediting here is specific to the to the nuggets shown in the example above. Be sure to
check the label or nutrition information for all foods you serve to make sure you are meeting
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Celebrating 50 YEARS
1975 Public Law made the program
Child Care Food Program
and the Summer Food Service 12,000 Family
Program became separate Child Care Providers
Public Law established the You thought saying
Special Food Services Program CACFP was a 1986
for Children (SFSPFC). mouthful.
The Midwest Sponsors Association was
born. Now known as the National CACFP
1987 1989 1998
At-Risk Afterschool and Homeless
Name of program changed to the Shelters became eligible.
Child and Adult 1999
Care Food Program.
Adult Day Care facilities were 2016 2.5 million
added to the program. children served
New Meal Patterns announced. First in the CACFP.
time since 1968 major changes were
made to meal requirements.
50 years later, serving over 4,000,000
children every day!
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