First of a 12 part series to showcase CACFP and the people that take on leadership roles in their CACFP and their community.
For Greg Scott and C3F it has been a great year so far; C3F had a total of 109 campers from local and surrounding areas to participate in Cover 3 Football’s first NFL Youth Combine. A total of 69 youths ages 8-13 and 40 youths ages 14-18 received instruction on and participated in combine drills while receiving both motivational tools and inspirational messages from former NFL players, current high school coaches and former surrounding area high school players. Cover 3 Foundation founder and retired NFL player Greg Scott (Redskins) along with retired NFL players Percy Ellsworth (Giants), Riddick Parker (Patriots) and Zuriel Smith (Cowboys) were joined by local high school football coaches to assist participants in several basic combine drills while emphasizing the importance of safety. “We are thankful for all parties that played a part in making the 2017 Youth Combine a success says Greg.
May found us truly thankful to the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC. (Suffolk Alumnae Chapter) for their recognition of Cover 3 Foundation & its community service. The award beautiful along with the celebration.
C3 Kids Meals was getting kicked off with a grant from No Kid Hungry and we were now off in getting the word out about the SFSP available to many children in Virginia. In Virginia, more than 300,000 kids who receive free or
reduced-price lunches during the school year do not receive a summer meal. A large part of the problem being awareness, C3F is happy to take on the challenge.
It's been a busy summer for National CACFP Forum Board member Greg Scott, Cover 3 Foundation C3F Founder and retired NFL Defensive Lineman from Southampton County, Virginia tells us. The CACFP Meal Pattern Implementation and state reviews were at the top of the activities, along with a few other very exciting moments.
Summer Feeding Service Program started with a BANG June 19 with thousands of kids being fed. The goal #Reach #Teach #Feed and we are now approaching 2.5 million meals served since 2010 under the CACFP and SFSP umbrella. Getting 2,000 meals, 3 vans on the road all headed in different directions, by 6:30 am during the summer can have its challenges but we all know the need for good nutrition as it is essential to full physical and cognitive development. Combining free, healthy meals and snacks with educational development is a recipe for success.
C3F had some amazing visitors July 6th, Anita Blanton sent Liz & Mike out from WAVY TV 10/Fox 43 News to do a story on the great work Greg's foundation is doing everyday. It aired that same night. Article and News Spot.
On July 30th, Cover 3 Foundation & Greg were honored by New Jerusalem Church of God & Christ in VA Beach, Va. Cover 3 provided breakfast & lunch for the church's summer program "From One Hand To Another" founded by the Pharrell Williams! We are thankful to partner with other organizations, organizations that are helping make lasting memories for our kids of the future.
The good news came August 23, 2017 that C3F had a PERFECT CACFP Review from the Department of Health, Commonwealth of VA! Great staff, good trainings put on by VDH & C3F equal great results!
Great opportunity July 31, 2017 for C3F as The Herald reported that Mr. Scott spoke at the Hertford County Public Library as part of their 2017 Summer Reading Program. “the theme ‘Build a Better World’. Article
C3F is really excited about being listed in Suffolk News Herald Local Choice Awards as a nominee on September 5; hopefully everyone spread the word to vote for us.
Another SFSP summer is complete at Cover 3 Foundation by Deerfield Work Center for Women, who preps and packages 2000+ meals for kids each day! Thankful for the partnership.
And now school is back in session and the first day for C3F's after-school program started September 7 and as always we are pushing to ensure that our children in the community are receiving healthy and nutritious CACFP meals and snacks. Each day, 3.3 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP (https://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/why-cacfp-important). C3F is proud and honored to be a sponsor of this program, serving the children within our communities with nutritious and healthy meals and snacks.
In addition to his Foundation activities, Mr. Scott could be found motivating people at a variety of speaking engagements, civic leadership tasks, participating as a member of the National CACFP Forum Board and
Smart Beginnings Board of Directors. Some other activities included the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and
Fuel up To Play 60 MVP Council Member.
Our foundation is committed to providing these services to any local after-school program or summer site that meets the established guidelines and requirements of the program.
The C3F story
Cover 3 Foundation P.O. Box 456 125 S. College Drive Franklin, VA 23851 Main: 757-562-2252 Fax: 757-562-2287 www.cover3foundation.org
The National CACFP Forum Board is Seeking Dedicated Individuals to Serve on our Board of Directors.
A bit about being a board member:
"I’ve enjoyed being the Treasurer for The National CACFP Forum board this past year and a half. I have been able to expand many of my skills, and enjoyed getting to know the various board members. I was able to attend the National CACFP Leadership Conference in D.C. and was able to be an advocate for our CACFP programs, child care providers and families in my state and nationally. It was a great opportunity to learn from other CACFP programs and to learn from and interact with legislative staff and see that side of our program. I really enjoyed learning more about the Food Research Action Center and the advocacy work being done. This has been a wonderful experience and I have been so glad to be a part of such a wonderful organization with a great vision and passion that speaks to me personally and look forward to many more years ahead with this program."Ipek Taffe, The National CACFP Forum Board of Directors Treasurer 2015-present."
Are you looking to try something new and/or to broaden your life experience?
Are you committed to supporting, promoting and protecting CACFP, breastfeeding, good nutrition and equitable access to healthy food through education and advocacy?
What does the board do? Members of the Board govern and are responsible for all activities of the National CACFP Forum. The Board is responsible for implementing the Forum's mission, approving the budget, establishing goals, and planning the CACFP Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.
What type of work experience do Board Members need? We are looking for a diverse group of talented board members who want to support the mission of the National CACFP Forum and grow together Promoting Leadership, Perfecting Policy and Protecting the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
What are the Board Member responsibilities?
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email us at board_member_position by September 15, 2017. New board member announcements will be made after the board election October 25, 2017.
Want to know what providers are really thinking about CACFP. One thing is for sure, they talk alot about the Food Program, not CACFP. Here are a few questions seen on Facebook this past week: 1. Are you all licensed providers or on the state food programs? Some of the meals I see on here in our group do not seem up to the food program's standards. I have to serve 2 fruit/veggies, 1 whole grain, 1 protein and milk with every meal. Snacks are more flexible just has to be a combination of two groups. 2. Food Program vs Not? I'm mixed on what to do since I fall in the Tier 2. Any helpful info would be appreciated. 3. Those on the food program: how big of a pain is it, really? And is it better to do the program or claim the food expense at the end of the year? 4. I'm on the food program. We are suppose to serve fish at least once a week. What do you all serve to get your requirement in?
Skim through the responses below, you might be surprised.
1. Are you all licensed providers or on the state food programs? Some of the meals I see on here in our group do not seem up to the food program's standards. I have to serve 2 fruit/veggies, 1 whole grain, 1 protein and milk with every meal. Snacks are more flexible just has to be a combination of two groups.
Food Program vs Not? I'm mixed on what to do since I fall in the Tier 2. Any helpful info would be appreciated
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.
The History of Provider Appreciation Day goes back to 1996, in New Jersey. A group of volunteers saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers. Year to year, celebrations and support have grown to include recognition by advocates, organizations and government agencies across the country with proclamations signed by many state governors, including our own. For more information on National Provider Appreciation Day, visit
Some ways to celebrate on May 12, 2017, go from a Card, Certificate, Provider of the Year Award and a hug. Find your own special way to show appreciation to your child care provider. Parents, CACFP Sponsors and Staff... Recognize providers the Friday before Mother's Day! Do one thing... remember Child Care keeps America Working and your Child Care Provider is the best in the whole world! #CACFP #ChildCare #Parents #ProviderAppreciationDay Look for more ideas on our Facebook page! Download the certificate for your provider below.
After being asked more than a few times by others in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) the Association for Child Development (ACD) is sharing the opportunity to other sponsors to order their Spanish Desktop Calendar and Record Keeper to assist Providers with their required CACFP record keeping. This calendar has been widely used in Michigan and Illinois.
ACD would like to extend the opportunity to purchase these calendars for your Spanish providers. (Note that the English version may also be purchased) The Desktop Calendar is 7.5” x 10.5”, spiral bound, with over 200 pages. The price includes mailing costs. We ask for orders to be placed by July 7, 2017, and they will be mailed at the end of September 2017. English version
Paula James was recognized at the NCA conference in San Diego last month with The CHANGEMAKER Award from the National Child Nutrition Foundation. The Changemaker award celebrates a CACFP community member whose masterful achievements in their role have directly benefited the CACFP community.
The entire CACFP community knows of her ongoing work and contributions to the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Ms. James stated that she was "very honored to receive the recognition and looks forward to achieving more changes for the good of all in CACFP in the future."
Paula James, is the Director of the Contra Costa Child Care Council, Child Health and Nutrition Program. Working for over 30 years to improve the eating and activity environments in early care settings. Her program has developed tools to assist child care settings in assessing their nutrition and physical activity environments. Actively involved in advocacy for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and public policy efforts focused on prevention of childhood obesity. Paula serves on the board of the National Child and Adult Care Food Program Forum, she chairs the Child Care Food Program Roundtable Advisory Committee, serves on the Steering Committee of the CA Strategic Alliance. A member of the Paperwork Reduction Task Force and the USDA CACFP Technical Assistance Task Force.
Her unwavering commitment, passion and continued efforts on behalf of Children, The Child and Adult Care Food Program, Sponsors, and Child Care Providers has earned respect and admiration from everyone in the field. Join us in congratulating Paula James as she is recognized as a CACFP CHANGEMAKER.
Congress is Heading Home: Plan Your Recess Meetings Now
Mark your calendar for April 8-23 and get ready to meet with your Members of Congress while they are home for an extended recess.
Face time with Members of Congress is more critical than ever for anti-hunger advocates to successfully push back against efforts to weaken the food and nutrition programs and other safety net programs that support individuals and families in need. Recess provides an opportune time for your Members to hear directly from you and other leaders in your state and community about the important role federal nutrition programs play in improving the lives of their constituents — and what’s at stake if these programs are weakened.
Send your Members back to Washington with a clear message for their colleagues: No block grants, no structural changes, and no cuts to these proven, effective programs.
Here are some tips to help you take full advantage of having both your Representatives and Senators back home:
Request a Meeting With Your Members of Congress in District or State Offices. Your Members are much more likely to agree to a meeting if they are able to meet with several groups at once. We suggest involving six to eight local or state groups, and the more diverse your group, the better.
We appreciate your hard work and dedication back home and want to amplify your efforts as much as possible here in DC. Please let us know how we can help!
Child Care Food Program Roundtable Advisory Chair, Paula James recently announced Laurie True, MPH, California WIC Association’s Executive Director would be taking on the recently retired Ed Mattson's role with the CCFP Roundtable. At a recent CCFP Roundtable meeting in Sacramento, members welcomed Laurie True as they bid a goodbye to Ed Mattson.
Laurie has been the California WIC Association’s Executive Director since 1999. She is a public health nutritionist with many years experience in research, community organizing and legislative advocacy. Laurie is recognized as one of the state's foremost experts on WIC, nutrition and health policy, and consults widely with federal, state and local decision makers, academics, and community based-organizations. Laurie has been a catalyst or founding member of many of California’s current health advocacy organizations and coalitions, including the California Food Policy Advocates, California WIC Association and the Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments.
In her professional capacity, Laurie has overseen numerous community-based applied research and evaluation projects on federal nutrition policy, including a groundbreaking hunger survey of children in California’s Central Valley. She has advocated successfully on many bills and issues that impact the health and nutrition of the state’s most vulnerable populations. Laurie serves on many statewide advisory boards and was a reviewer of the Institute of Medicine’s report, WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change. In 2005, she was an Atlantic Policy Fellow, and worked for the government of Scotland advising them on obesity prevention and child nutrition reforms. More