Few kids would say they crave a good fiber-rich meal. Although the thought of fiber might bring gags and groans from kids, many appetizing foods are actually great sources of fiber- from fruits to whole-grain cereals. And kids are probably eating them without even knowing it.
Foods with fiber are beneficial because they’re filling and therefore discourage overeating-even though fiber itself adds no calories. Plus, when combined with adequate fluid intake, high-fiber fare helps move food through the digestive system and may protect against cancers and constipation. It may also lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) as well as help prevent diabetes and heart disease.
Creative, fun, and tasty ways to incorporate more fiber-rich foods into children’s diets include:
Lunch and Supper
Traditional child care centers already participating in CACFP may qualify for the At-Risk Program if the center is located in the attendance area of a school in which at least 50 percent of the enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced price meals. The advantage of being on the At-Risk Program is that all meals are claimed at the free rate of reimbursement and income eligibility applications are not required.
The children who may be claimed on the At-Risk Program are those who attend the center after their school day has ended, including half day kindergarten and Head Start children. Children who do not attend school or Head Start would continue to participate in the traditional CACFP meal service provided by the center.
The At- Risk Program must include
Up to one meal and one snack may be served per child per day after school. If care is provided on weekends, school holidays or during vacations, any meal and snack may be claimed and served at any time. Centers may not participate in the At-Risk Program over the summer months.
Contact our office for center locations that are in an At-Risk eligible area.
Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs. It is especially important when you are handling food. The best advice is to wash well and wash often! A quick rinse does not get rid of germs; you must wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. When in doubt- WASH!
Remember to wash hands with soap and warm running water when
For more information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene
Whenever a new Lead Foodservice Worker (LFSW) is hired:
Our office will send a letter to both the authorized representative and the LFSW when training is required.
If the LFSW’s name is changed (because of marriage or divorce, etc.), please update the NDFOODs system and send an email to Nancy Darling (email@example.com). In the email, let Nancy know the former name and the new name so she knows the information is merely a name change and not a new person to add to the Pathways database. Contact Nancy toll free at 1-888-338-3663 or directly at 701-328-3210.
Reminder: Sponsors of multiple CACFP sites are required to complete a monitoring visit at each of their sites three times each year.
all cycle menus utilized by your center must have pre-approval from DPI prior to implementation. ** THIS INCLUDES ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO ALREADY APPROVED CYCLE MENUS.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern provides organizations with the flexibility to serve vegetarian or vegan meals while still complying with all the nutrition requirements. Participating organizations are required to provide specific food groups in specific quantities in order to receive reimbursement for the meals served. The required CACFP food groups are milk, grains/bread, fruit/vegetable, and meat/meat alternate.
Accommodating Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
Organizations can easily comply with the fruit, vegetable and grains/bread requirements when serving vegetarian and vegan meals. Serving the milk and meat/meat alternate component may require special accommodations. If you have additional questions, contact the CACFP manager at (701) 788-8901 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting the milk requirement:
May I serve soy milk to the children in my care?
May I serve rice, nut or hemp milk to the children in my care?
No. CACFP does not recognize any other non-dairy beverage as creditable for CACFP reimbursement except the five soy milks listed above.
Meeting the meat/meat alternate requirement:
What kind of meat alternates may I serve the children in my care?
The CACFP meal pattern allows organizations to serve meat alternates, such as beans and cheese, in place of animal protein.
May I serve veggie burgers or other like products to the children in my care?
If you want to serve a product that does not have a CN Label, you must have the manufacturer complete a product formulation statement.
Take some time this year and make a Valentine’s Day snack that is extra special for your kids. They’ll love you for it!