And We Have Another CACFP Winner! hosted a drawing for the sponsors that attended the Child Care Food Program (CCFP) Roundtable conference in October this year and the winner is Samya from Angels Child Care Food Program

Samya was so excited to win the $100 gift card to Williams-Sonoma she screamed in her office.  We are thrilled to know she is so appreciative, we do love enthusiasm over here at the hub.  

As a Field Monitor at Angels Food Program, the best part of Samya's job is "making a difference in many children's lives. I enjoy training provider's to prepare homecooked nutritious meals to children in their daycare homes."  I'm wondering if that is a favorite of many field monitors out there.  What is your favorite part of your job?  Share in the comments section below. 

Angels Child Care Food Program's "goal is to educate our community by promoting life-long eating habits through assisting and training licensed daycare providers to provide healthy nutritious meals."  Samya says that the hardest part of their job is "not being able to offer more services to our daycare homes due to budget cuts in our state.  The families we service are very important to us at Angels Child Care Food Program." 

While Samya isn't a big sports fan she shared with us that Jamie Ortega, Angels Director, is a huge L.A. Lakers fan!  On a personal note, my husband can get on board with that one.  This is a Lakers household and our 4 month old daughter will undoubtedly be a Lakers fan herself.  She already has more Laker gear than her Dad. 

Since Samya isn't a big sports fan, she shared with us her favorite meal and I just love this because my mom was a food program sponsor and also brought home what she learned and taught providers.  Samya says: "My favorite meal is dinner time. When I get home from work I cook for my family. We eat at the dining table together. They  have often told me their favorite meal I make for them is Spaghetti with meat balls. I also practice what I train in the daycare homes. I cook homemade meals and offer different types of vegetables and fruit at meal times." 

When we asked Samya what the most rewarding part of her job was she replied with a moment I imagine is special for many field monitors.  "The most rewarding part of my job is when I see a child who didn't like to eat fruits and vegetables when they were first enrolled in the CACFP begin to enjoy eating fruits and vegetables."

Congratulations, Samya and thank you for the difference you and your work make in the community and our children's healthy lives.

CACFP Community...what is the most rewarding part of your job? Learn about our other winner, Mike, from The Sponsor Association conference.


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