Contribute to the CACFP Tapestry of Healthy Hearts

Did you know that every few years congress takes a look at the Child and Adult Care Food Program?  They consider the purpose of the program, how it is being administered, how it impacts the public and much much more.  While they do this, they listen.  They listen to CACFP representative organizations, early learning advocates, YOU and The CHILDREN you serve.

Your first chance to take part in the upcoming reauthorization is here!  How you ask?  Well, by contributing a piece of children’s artwork to the Healthy Hearts Virtual Quilt, of course.

  • Download this piece of paper for the Healthy Hearts Quilt Pattern: Word DocumentGoogle Drive DocumentPDF
  • Print it
  • Have children use the blank space to create a picture representing healthy foods or physical activities that they enjoy
  • Do it by February 9, 2014.
  • Mail it on February 10, 2014 to: Knowledge Universe Education, Attention: Jodi Kuhn, Subsidy, Food Program, P.O. Box 6810, Portland, OR 97228-6810
  • Virtual Quilt Made – The CACFP Leaders are going to create a Healthy Hearts Virtual Quilt.
  • Your Children’s Artwork will travel to Capitol Hill during the CACFP Leadership Conference in early March to lay strong and meaningful groundwork for the reauthorization process.

Do Blank Slates Make Your Creative Mind Go Blank?  Here are some ideas to get you and the children started:

  • Use the shape of a heart to draw a strawberry.  Color it red with some black dots and put some green leaves at the top.  Strawberry done.
  • Children can use their fingers to draw Crookneck Squashes (See Page 28).  You can also use this book for some fruit and veggie inspiration.
  • Stick figures of fun body shapes.  See an example: Making Body Shapes
  • Turn It Into an Art Lesson: How to Draw Fruits drawing lessons
  • Make a My Plate Meal. Use their pinterest page for inspiration for what the kids could draw to make a myplate meal
  • Have the kids draw their favorite sport or dancing to fun music.

What are you going to do?  Share your ideas in the comments below!

Help our CACFP Leaders make an impact when they visit members of congress on Capitol Hill on our behalf!  Also, don't you think the children and their parents will really enjoy knowing their artwork visited members of congress on behalf of children's health?


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building