CACFP Week Ideas - More of Them

Some Random Ideas

I have been brainstorming about what can be done so here are a couple of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  Some overlap with the TSA suggestions in the idea packet

* Pictures of Healthy CACFP meals from providers (either providers you are visiting or providers that send in pictures)
* Tie-in MyPlate with CACFP and focus on the materials that you can provide to providers that show how the My Plate tools can be used with CACFP ideologies and components.
* Show providers how to explore and really use the National Food Service Management Institutes resources
* Show providers how to access and utilize Team Nutrition’s resources.  Show them where to print out posters and recipes books or find nutritional calculators or sharing nutritional information with the parents!
* Provide providers and opportunity to really share with the parents what the CACFP is all about. Maybe create an activity and template for the children to do and take home.  Something that will grab the parents attention. 
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Example of an activity: a plate filled with non-cacfp foods and a plated filled with cacfp foods.  A question at the top for the parents “Which would you, as a parent, rather see your child eating when you are away from them?”  The kids could color it and bring home to Mom and Dad.  On the back there could be some background on the food program and links to cute places about the CACFP and MyPlate.*Give providers recipes to share with the parents that are CACFP credible and explain why it’s important and what they can think about when choosing or modifying recipes at home.

What’s Been Done in the Past?

I did some google searching to see what has been done in previous years for CACFP week.  I wanted to share some of those with you now.

Newsletter acknowledgement was a popular item:

http://www.childcarelink.org/CCFP%20Newsletters/fy11/11Mar.pdf
http://www.providerschoice.com/pdfs/2011_CACFP_Week.pdf
http://www.kn-eat.org/CACFP/CACFP_Docs/Newsletters/PY2011/2011_news_3.pdf
http://www.parentprovider.org/resources/February+2011.pdf

Press Release

http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/NR/exeres/D8F055AF-27E8-4825-8406-CCEE643061CC,frameless.htm?Year=2009&Month=3%%3E

Poster Contest

http://www.facebook.com/events/171238662921773/

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