CACFP Comment Deadline Extended!
Exciting things in the world of the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) – the deadline to comment on the UDSA’s revised meal pattern proposed rule has been EXTENDED… through May 27! This means you have another month to make your voice heard. If you are having difficulty with the letter format, there are great resources available on http://www.cacfpmealpatterns.com/! From sample letters, to talking points, to fun social media images for sharing, cacfpmealpatterns.com has everything you need to become informed on this important proposed rule.
In case that isn’t enough for you, here is a list of blog posts WE have made about CACFP, and don’t forget the great resources on www.btwic.org! For the last three years, we have been examining the topic of early childhood nutrition through our Eating to Learn initiative, and our “About CACFP” page is packed with additional resources (including informational flyers for parents and providers in English and Spanish).
Our CACFP Proposed Rule letter is to the left – you can click on the image to open it as a PDF. We chose to highlight some “wins”(inclusion of more fruits and whole grains in the meals and snacks served as part of this program), as well as mentioning some areas that could be improved (greater technical assistance). Perhaps most importantly, we took the opportunity to urge the USDA to develop measures of accountability for state administrators for CACFP outreach, to help ensure that providers know about the benefits they could obtain through this program.
Please feel free to use our letter as a model, or just sign on via cacfpmealpatterns.com! However you do it, make sure that you have your say. The USDA is required to read and review each and every letter. Your opinion is important, and your voice matters! Add your comments today.