"Before I agree to 2023, I need to see some terms and conditions." — Anonymous
Changes to USDA Team Nutrition Database
If you have any questions about the retirement of the Team Nutrition Network, please reach out to TeamNutrition@USDA.gov.
CACFP Operational Check-ins — Special Dietary Needs (Virtual)
Wednesday, Jan. 18th, 1:30-2pm
This is an online event.
Food Buying Guide, Menu Planning, and Meal Patterns for the CACFP (VIRTUAL)
Thursday, Jan. 26th, 1-3pm
This is an online event.
Learn the basics of our current Meal Patterns for breakfast and lunch, and dive deeper into applying those requirements to your actual menu. The first part of this session will review the basic principles of the meal pattern, and the second half of the class will apply these principles to plan menus successfully. Please bring a past menu to review and update during the class. Target audience: Directors, supervisors, and menu planners
Be On the Lookout! Changes in SFSP Regulations and Application
Here are some important dates you need to keep in mind:
- January 15: Access to the SFSP application packet opens in TX-UNPS
- 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
To begin the application process to become a Summer Meals Program Contracting Entity, please complete the SFSP Intake Form.
SFSP Final Rule 2022 | Site Recruitment Strategy
The SFSP Final Rule 2022 requires TDA to collect CE site recruitment strategies in its application. Because this functionality is not in TX-UNPS, all CEs applying to operate SFSP must complete the SFSP Application Addendum – Recruitment Strategies Online Form. CEs are encouraged to submit this form as soon as possible, even if you are not ready to submit your application in TX-UNPS. TDA cannot approve an application until this addendum is submitted.
The January spotlight shines on the state fruit of Texas, red grapefruit!
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.
Go to squaremeals.org to order your 2023 CACFP Week and WIC resources.
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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, MS
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
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