The National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO) came together to issue a statement (pdf) in mid-December restating our commitment to ensuring a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families and calling on the incoming Congress and the President-Elect to safeguard and support these critically-important programs.
Action Needed: We now are expanding the reach of this common message to include national, state and local organizations demonstrating the diverse groundswell of support for the federal nutrition programs.
Deadline: This letter will be a key advocacy resource for the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, March 5th-7th in Washington, DC. For more on the conference, click here. Please sign your organization onto this letter by Wednesday, March 1st to ensure your organization is listed in the Lobby Day (March 7th) materials.
NAHO aims to get thousands of organizational signatures. To achieve this level of support it is imperative that we all reach out to our networks in every state and Congressional District. We urge you to disseminate this advocacy ask as widely as possible.
This sign-on letter will be shared with all Members of Congress and the new Administration. Questions? Email Joel Warren, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Courtesy of the Food Research Action Center
October 18, 2016 at the 25th Annual Child Care Food Program Conference
Under Secretary Kevin Concannon came to give his remarks to 500 attendees from around the nation.
This turned about to be even more meaningful than imagined. It was a very special moment for alot of people in the audience as he talked about CACFP and the CACFP take ACTION Challenge. For those ACTIONEERS who did not get to attend the conference, find excerpts below. Enjoy being recognized.
"I want to acknowledge all of the great work that you have been doing out in the field, in advance of the regulation. I know that many of you—as administrators, as sponsors and as providers—stepped up to improve the nutritional value of CACFP meals before the regulation hit the streets.
By doing so, you were not only doing a great service to the children and
adults that you serve, but you were also making life easier for yourselves down the road, by positioning yourselves for a smooth implementation of the actual regulatory requirements.
You also kicked off the National CACFP Take Action Challenge last year, before the final rule was in place, engaging “ACTIONEERS” to implement healthy changes in their programs, their communities and their own lives."
He also applauded the Food Nutrition Services for all of their work and their participation in the CACFP take ACTION Challenge. Considering how extremely busy they are with the CACFP Meal Patterns we also applaud them. We also want to applaud Mr. Concannon for his presence and participation in this great event.
Someone recently challenged me to create a CACFP take ACTION Challenge Calendar. So, here it is...Try it on for size. Consider it a prototype. Let us know what you think.
The links should work, download it, print it and use it. Or use on your computer, Click on a link.
Tell us about it...CACFP!
Child Care and CACFP sharing Olympic activity ideas and stories. These are just a few of the many things to do.
Have children dip the open end of a plastic cup into each color of pain paint, then print the paint ring on a piece of white paper in the same formation as the Olympic rings.
When dry, interlock the rings and hang on the wall.
www.cacfptakeactionchallenge.org/challenge-stories.htmlThis past week in the CACFP take ACTION CHALLENGE
Below are just a few of the 49 challenges submitted this week. Look for the rest of the stories and some ideas @cacfptakeactionchallenge or on Facebook.
The following CACFP ACTIONEERS submitted the most challenges this week from Iowa, Connecticut, Oregon, Michigan and California.
4Cs of Alameda County
Apple Valley Family Child Care
Babies 2 Kids Learning Center
Browyn's Family Child Care
Comprehensive Child Development, Inc.
Contra Costa Child Care Council
Garlich Family Child Care
Kiddos Early Learning Preschool
KinderCare Education LLC
Learning Care Group
Little Tot's Prime Tyme
Wee Care Family Childcare
Someone asked what are the most popular challenges. I decided to find out by group. Which led me to the question, Have you tried any of the CACFP take ACTION Group 2: USDA Resources and Best Practice Challenges? #CACFPtac
Group 2: USDA Resources and Best Practice Challenges
1. Take the Pledge MyPlate Champion
10.Supplement C: Encourage Healthful Foods Provider Handbook for the CACFP
10.Encourage healthful foods by using the easy, low cost techniques found in Supplement C:
11.Serve local foods on your menu using tips from procuring local Foods in Child Nutrition Programs
12.Take children -farm/orchard field trip-farmers market - farmer visits classroom
13.Grow an edible garden-harvest into meals and/or snacks
14.Use the choose myplate videos and songs
2.Encourage children to try new fruits and vegetables with the Make Today A Try Day serve a new food each time
2.Try Day Stickers and poster.
3.Two Bite Club
4.Implemented Team Nutrition's Grow It, Try It, Like It!
5.What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl
6. My Cookbook What's Cooking?
7. MyPlate Emergent Reader Mini Books
8. Team Nutrition's Discover MyPlate Look and Cook Recipe cards.
9.Provide opportunities for active play every day; choose ideas from the Active Play Tip Sheets in Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the CACFP
9.Provider Handbook for CACFP Activity Sheets
I have been a family child care provider of 8 years, and working in the child care industry for almost 20 years. In all that time I have noticed a lot of changes, a main one being healthy eating and lots of physical activity being considered best practice. It is sometimes difficult for providers of all types to think of ways to include healthy eating and intentional physical activity into the daily curriculum. With children of many different ages,
Intentional Physical Activity is different than allowing children to run around and play outside. Children should have 30 minutes of directed physical activity each day. These are activities that are teacher led and teacher involved. I am a huge fan of yoga. The kids and I do yoga for about 10 minutes each day, usually before nap to get everyone relaxed. The kids really enjoy it, and are getting better and better at doing the moves. We also enjoy running races and obstacle courses outside using the Nemours Tossing & Catching Activity Kit.
One activity we do almost daily covers both healthy eating and physical activity. It is a CD of The Adventures of Captain 5 A Day, put out by the Connecticut Department of Public Health with funding provided by the USDA Food Stamp Program. The CD has different activities for the kids to do while they listen, including planting a garden, and acting like growing vegetables. The CD is about 45 minutes long, but broken up into 3 segments, and you can do one, two, or all three. My kids routinely ask for Captain 5 A Day!
Other ways to teach kids about healthy eating including serving a vegetable tray at snack time, serving a wide variety of healthy fruits and vegetables, eating healthy in front of the children, and taking a trip to a local farm or farmers market so the children can choose healthy foods with you. Incorporating healthy eating and physical activity into the daily routine is not difficult, but it does take planning and research.
Apple Valley Family Child Care
Plantsville, CT 06479
Group 5#14 500pts for each
The USDA #CACFPtac MyPlate,MyState Challenge
This is what they call a winner, winner chicken dinner! Think of how fun and easy to share with children, parents and providers about foods in your own state.
Go to the website, click on your state, read all about the foods in your state.
MyPlate, MyState is the newest component of MyPlate, MyWins and leverages the prime growing and farmers market seasons. MyPlate, MyState asks the questions: What foods, flavors, and recipes is your state/territory known for, and how do they fit into your healthy eating style? website
Find a healthy eating style that works for you through small changes they can maintain over time — MyPlate, MyState expands on this concept through a focus on local flavors, foods, and recipes. Foods and flavors from every state and territory in this nation can help us all create lasting healthy eating styles we can enjoy. MyPlate’s building blocks for healthy eating are a great place to start. Cook up some homegrown pride by using some of the resources listed on the site.
CACFP take ACTION with MyPlate, MyState
Providers: Once you have clicked on your state, take a picture of your state information (a screen shot, or just use your phone) then submit. For the next submission take a picture, of whatever you decide is applicable (like picking or shopping for the food that comes from your state, or even a recipe). Try out the winning Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids recipes from your state. Share this info and site with the children and or your parents for points
Sponsors: Once you have clicked on your state, take a picture of your state info (a screen shot, or just use your phone) then submit. For the next submission take a picture, of whatever you decide is applicable (like picking or shopping for the food that comes from your state, or even a recipe, what you shared with a provider). Share this information and site with the children, your parents and providers. Try out the winning Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids recipes from your state. Share this info and site with the children/ parents/providers for points.
The 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook and winning recipes are now available online at What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl