It is with great enthusiasm that the National CACFP Forum Board welcomes back Mr. Robert S. Jones to the National CACFP Forum Board. He has been on a leave of absence from his volunteer duties as a National CACFP Forum Board Member this past year while completing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Mr. Jones’ talents have been sorely missed, especially his sense of humor. His contributions to the mission of protecting CACFP, perfecting the policies that govern it and promoting leadership within CACFP have been invaluable.
Robert serves as Director of Government Programs for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Archdiocese provides CACFP meals and sponsorship to nearly 300 unaffiliated sites, reaching more than 12,000 children on a daily basis. The Archdiocese’s sponsorship encompasses Traditional Child Care Centers, Afterschool Programs (At-Risk) and Emergency Shelters throughout the five-county Greater Philadelphia region. In total, these three CACFP segments provide approximately 3 million meals annually.
In 2015, Robert celebrated the provision of 50 million CACFP meals over a 20-year career. That number is now ready to eclipse 55 million meals. Robert shares that the “millions served” numbers make him a feel a little like a “McDonald’s sign,” but with an overriding passion to provide the highest quality meals possible to the children that they serve. Robert’s work is highly motivated by his faith. Following his return home from the FRAC conference in March, he shared with the Forum Board, “I was thinking of how God specially created each of the children that we serve with a wonderful plan for them. For many, all that stands in the way of the realization of that dream is sound nutrition. You are laboring to make that happen…you are facilitating God’s purpose in their lives…you have a high and noble calling. Let’s press on!”
A very big Thank You to Mrs. Jones and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for sharing Robert's time for the mission of Protecting, Perfecting and Promoting the Child and Adult Care Food Program to continue to serve children and our communities through this vital nutrition program...
This past month seemed extremely busy for the CACFP Forum Board Members. Besides their monthly board meeting, committee meetings on policy, membership and the business of CACFP, the Forum board members had some rather special activities going on. Let's take a peek at a few things that are going on with some of our CACFP Forum colleagues.
Congratulations goes out to CACFP Forum Board Member Donna Pomerson and Learning Care Group! Not only are they one of 5 finalists for the Partnership for a Healthier America Partner of the Year award, they announced new commitments at the Building A Healthier Future PHA conference. Over the next three years, they will continue to improve their menus, build on their physical activity curriculum, and implement gardening programs in the majority of their centers across the nation. Donna - thank you for continuing to make the healthy choice.... the easy choice for children across the country! And... she presented on the same stage as Michelle Obama, and that's pretty darn cool! #PHA
CACFP Forum Board Member, Greg Scott and Cover 3 Foundation were recognized by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC. (Suffolk Alumnae Chapter) their community service. Congratulations
CACFP Forum Treasurer, Reynaldo Green, Quality Care for Children launched a campaign for Summer Foods "This is my HANGRY face. Help me get rid of it and summer child hunger." Donate
At the Childhood Obesity Pre Conference, board members and colleagues of the CACFP Forum spoke about the importance of partnerships in early childhood education settings to create easier access to healthy food options. Amazing ECE advocates! National CACFP Forum Board's, Jodi Kuhn, KinderCare Learning Centers,T&L Foundation for Child Care Information's Samantha Marshall, Geraldine Henchy, Food Research and Action Center Paula James, Contra Costa Child Care Council and the CCFP Roundtable. Taking CACFP ACTION today!
A very special Congratulations to Robert S. Jones, Director of Government Programs, Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia as he received his Master of Business Administration at Saint Joseph’s University’s Haub School of Business in Philadelphia. We have missed him while he has been completing this journey in his education. We are all looking forward to the next part of his journey, especially with the CACFP.