CACFP Responses to COVID-19: Lessons Learned, Residual Issues, and Outstanding Concerns
COVID-19 impacted the way we do almost everything, including how CACFP advocates, sponsors, and providers, deliver services, conduct outreach, and retain child care, afterschool, and adult-care programs in CACFP. USDA flexibilities and federal relief granted during COVID-19 have helped to address challenges and many should be continued beyond the pandemic. In this session participants will gain insight to lessons learned from COVID-19 and the issues that remain. This interactive session will provide opportunity to voice concerns and ask questions regarding emergency funding payments and other provisions of the latest COVID-19 relief bill.
Terra Masias - St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
Ana Gandarilla, First Food Bank
Eugenie Sellier, Feeding the Golf Coast
Brandon Gary, BBC Foundation
Megan Evanson – Family Serve Lincoln
April Rodriguez, Association for Child Development
Procuring Healthy and Affordable Food in CACFP During Challenging Times
In the constantly changing environment, sponsors and providers are faced with the challenge of procuring healthy yet affordable food options for child care and afterschool programs in CACFP. This skill building workshop will review common procurement challenges and their potential solutions, including the successes and challenges of implementing Farm to CACFP practices. What works? What doesn’t? What are new strategies you could use in this upcoming year?
Speakers and Moderators:
Stephanie Berno, Houston Food Bank
Anji Armagost, Nutrition Works
Cindy Vian, Kid Care
Arbendette Van, PreK Preparatory Academy
Donna Pomerson, Learning Care Group
USDA CACFP Program Update
In this session, USDA will provide updates on CACFP program developments, provisions in the latest COVID relief bill, policy, and guidance that are important to supporting CACFP success for child care and afterschool programs. This is also an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to USDA on your successes and challenges with implementing CACFP.
Representative(s) from USDA
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