The Importance of CACFP at the Institute of Medicine Presented by Geri Henchy

Geri Henchy, Director of Nutrition Policy and Early Education Programs

Listen in to learn:

  • Overview of Child and Adult Care Food Program Impact and Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act
  • Overview of changes being made to strengthen nutrition and wellness in child care settings via the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • Nutrition Education, Physical Activity, Less Screen Time and New Meal Pattern Requirements
  • Maximize impact of Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act


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