In June, the Forum worked with the Roundtable and the National CACFP Sponsors Association to create, execute and analyze a survey for CACFP Sponsors, to gain data around what we already knew – everyone was struggling. This, however, gave the Forum and our partners data and not just anecdotes to take to Congress and USDA as we advocate on the communities behalf. National Sponsors Association released this report.
August 13th – A second letter to Brandon asking to ensure viability for CACFP sponsors and expand funding.
When the school year began, the Forum and Roundtable, began educating USDA and Congress about misguided interpretations of waivers regarding school age children, virtual learning and which meal service was able to be provided and claimed. USDA was then able to release clarifying guidance on this subject.
September 18, 2020 – National CACFP Forum, FRAC and USDA co-presented “CACFP Policy and Practice Updates During COVID-19” webinar for Child Care Aware of America. It was a national webinar about the impact of COVID on CACFP and provided an in depth look at how COVID is adversely impacting non-profit sponsors all over the nation. It can be viewed here: https://info.childcareaware.org/ty-page-redirect-cacfp-policy-and-practice-updates-during-covid-19
October – listening session with USDA regarding the expansion of P-EBT funds to children under 6.
As the pandemic continues to upend what used to be normal for us, the Forum continues to advocate for the CACFP community. The Forum will continue to educate Congress that the CACFP sponsors need financial aid in the next federal relief package.