CACFP Insight

February Edition

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"Where there is love, there is life." — Mahatma Ghandi


The Operational Check-In scheduled for February 22 has been postponed. We will notify you as soon as the new date is released.


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The CACFP Administrative A-Team "(We) love it when a plan comes together!"

Wednesday, Feb. 15th, 10:30am-12pm

This is an online event.

If you have a problem, if no one else can help — then, if you find them, maybe you can hire...The [Administrative] A-Team. ESC Specialists will help YOU avoid the dilemma of incomplete or missing CACFP documents with an electronic filing system. This meeting will "drive" through the records and data needed to meet program guidelines in no time! There is no Plan B...You won't need one!

Register here.


Region 10 Power-Up Face-to-Face Conference

Tuesday, Feb. 28th, 8am to Wednesday, March 1st, 3:45pm

400 East Spring Valley Road

Richardson, TX

Are you tired of virtual training? Would you like to meet and network with other CACFP professionals? Region 10 is hosting a two-day conference that will cover operational and administrative requirements for running a successful program. And it's FREE!

More information and registration here.


Be On the Lookout — Important Dates for SFSP Application Deadlines!

Here are some important dates you need to keep in mind:

  • March 15: Deadline for CEs requesting an advance payment
  • April 15: Deadline for new CEs or renewing CEs in need of a more thorough review
  • May 3: Deadline for renewing CEs

Contracting Entities (CEs) that participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and already operate a school nutrition program or the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) may be eligible to use a streamlined application review process. Additional information and criteria can be found here.

To begin the application process to become a Summer Meals Program Contracting Entity, please complete the SFSP Intake Form.


The February spotlight shines on red-leaf lettuce!

Did you know that lettuce is a member of the sunflower family?

The Texas Department of Agriculture's "Harvest of the Month" materials spotlight fruits and vegetables grown in Texas throughout the year. Incorporating Harvest of the Month into your Farm Fresh activities provides an opportunity to focus on a specific fruit or vegetable each month, allowing children to try and learn more about each item. Follow this link for more information on TDA's Harvest of the Month.

TDA Harvest of the Month graphic


National CACFP Week is designed to raise awareness of how the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program works to combat hunger and bring healthy foods to the table for adults in daycare and children in childcare homes, centers, and afterschool and summer meal programs across the country.

Go to to order your 2023 CACFP Week and WIC resources.


Do You Need to Laugh Today?

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Meet Your CACFP Team

Carolyn Miller, CMP, CCNP


Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Graduate of Tarleton State University

Tamika Figgs, M.S.


Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Graduate of Johnson & Wales University

and the University of Houston


The goals of the ESC Region 11 Child Nutrition Programs are to provide information, support, and assistance that promotes continuous improvements of Child Nutrition Programs wherever they may be — childcare centers, school districts, charter schools, adult daycares, or residential childcare institutions. Our services are intended to reflect the most current nutrition knowledge available and encourage a healthy lifestyle and readiness to learn by today’s children - tomorrow’s adults.

ESC Region 11 Child Nutrition Homepage

This product was funded by USDA/TDA.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

PA 1/27/2023

JK 2/13/23

BM 2/24/23