#HungerPC2013: The Anti-Hunger Policy Conference Part 1

The Food Action and Research CenterFeeding America and The CACFP Forum Board have brought together some incredible people.  I had the opportunity to speak to a couple of them casually today and am already inspired by what I have learned.  I hope I can help you get inspired too!

  1. Kirsten Bokenkamp, who has a wonderful resume and adorable daughter, is going to present to the CACFP community about communication!  She is going to go over many different aspects of how we can talk about the food program through many different media channels, including social media.  Hopefully we can find ways to make the Child and Adult Care Food Program a household name (like WIC) and even see more people talking about CACFP in the twittersphere and facebook-world.  You should help too.  Use #CACFP when you talk about the food program and healthy meals you serve or teach providers about serving!
  2. Janet Phalen, of Midwest Child Care Association, shared that she learned at The National CACFP Sponsor Association (TSA) Conference, that National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) does free nutritional trainings.  NFSMI will come out to your organization, for free, and provide training to your providers.  Check out the trainings here.
  3. The Connecticut Food Bank Communications told me about all of the wonderful things they are doing to serve their 6 counties.  I, personally, am not that familiar with what food banks do, but my goodness...I learned a lot tonight.  One of the many things they do is a Kids Back Pack Program.  This program provides food insecure children with food over the weekend while they are not at school and do not have access to the school nutrition programs that keep them fed during the week.  I was also excited to learn that they received a grant for Groceries on Wheels. This is a "mobile food pantry with perishables targeting low-income families with young children. For more information on Connecticut Food Bank."  We are excited to learn more about this program.  Thanks, Mary, for sharing the information with us!  Follow the Connecticut Food Bank on Twitter at @CTFoodBank.

All of this information in a short informal reception.  Looks like a very promising conference!  Stay tuned, I am excited to share more with you.


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 ChildCareInfo.com 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 ChildCareInfo.com.