Cooking up Success as a CACFP Sponsor

Posted by Dr. Patty Bennett, Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator in

Food and Nutrition
Nutrition Security

Jun 22, 2022

The Food and Nutrition Service’s Mid-Atlantic Region just lately joined forces with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to acknowledge Programs for Parents, a Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsor in Essex County, NJ, with a regional CACFP Achievement Award for his or her inventive and devoted efforts to advertise diet safety amongst youngsters. Their program emphasizes meal high quality, diet schooling, and the general wellness of its childcare suppliers, youngsters and oldsters/caregivers.

Programs for Parents makes use of a number of communication instruments, shared in each English and Spanish, to translate the dietary pointers into easy-to-use supplies for childcare suppliers and households. Targeted Facebook posts give attention to the significance of incorporating fruit and greens into meals patterns, watching sugar content material, and studying diet labels. They just lately established a CACFP Facebook group the place native childcare suppliers can share wholesome recipes and concepts whereas additionally receiving diet and wellness suggestions.

Young boy sipping a fruit smoothie from a cup

Programs for Parents makes use of their month-to-month e-newsletter, “Child Care Matters,” to coach suppliers, mother and father and stakeholders on the worth of excellent diet in early baby improvement. A latest article mentioned research which have proven children who eat breakfast have higher consideration spans and included a record of excellent morning meals for youths.

Programs for Parents additionally affords hands-on studying to their communities. A registered dietitian nutritionist facilitated a digital cooking class for suppliers final fall. The program despatched suppliers three recipes upfront and supplied them with a $25 present card to offset the price of substances they bought to make use of in the course of the class. Participants realized to make tasty turkey burger sliders and wholesome snacks for kids.

Last yr Programs for Parents additionally launched incentive grants of up to $1000 for CACFP suppliers, enabling them to buy kitchen and meals prep objects such as fridges, freezers, crockpots, and utensils to assist suppliers make wholesome snacks and meals. Nearly the entire suppliers participated, and CACFP enrollment elevated by 25%.

The Programs for Parents CACFP program, working since 1984, is a nice instance of the inroads that early childcare suppliers could make into higher well being and diet for kids and households in want.

Flyer demonstrating how to make baby food from fruit and vegetables

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