As we gear up to share the CACFP story with our congressional leaders heading into the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, we thought we'd share some fact sheets and reports to help you do that.
A Little Background
Every 5 years congress takes a look at child nutrition programs and determines how they can be better. With the help of advocates like the Forum, FRAC, the CACFP Roundtable and your individual voices - they do things like end block claiming in 2010. This year, it's looking really positive that through the CNR, the CACFP community could get a big win such as allowing an additional meal. The Senate Bill has been introduced which is Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act. This has in it the extra meal, reducing paperwork and increasing access to the program through different eligibility changes. Tell your members of congress that they should support this bill. All you have to do is fill out this quick form. There is an expectation to have a bill from the house that is similarly good for the food program. Filling out this form is one way to get your congressional leaders attention. Another is to tell your CACFP Story.
Tell the CACFP Story
Another way to get your congressional members attention is to have a meeting with their office - or several - and share with them your experiences. We know that can be kind of scary sometimes so here are some resources that my help you tell the CACFP story with facts and numbers pulled from other reports and fact sheets. Here are some to get you started:
More to Come
We will be providing further resources for you to tell your CACFP Story for CNR and the future! Stay Tuned.