Steps to CACFP Success
"Steps to CACFP Success" covers Menu Planning, Food Production Records, Recommendations for a Healthy Center Environment, Emergency Shelters, CACFP Recordkeeping, Civil Rights, and Infant Feeding in CACFP. Register for one or all sessions. If you are new to CACFP, you are required to attend the full day workshop. You do not need to attend the infant feeding session if you do not have infants enrolled in your center(s), and you do not need to attend the emergency shelter segment if you do not have an emergency shelter.
ICN Locations (subject to change):
- Des Moines
- Cedar Rapids
- Missouri Valley
- Sac City
8:00-8:15 - Introduction to CACFP Participation - Responsibilities for participating in CACFP and helps you indentify your organization type. Reference: Chapter 1.
8:15-9:20 - Menu Planning - CACFP meal patterns, creditable foods, menu planning, and meal service styles. Reference: Chapter 2.
9:25-10:40 - Food Production Records - Purchasing, preparing and documenting enough food was served to meet requirements; Using the "Food Buying Guide" and completing food production records. Reference: Chapter 2a.
10:45-11:00 - Recommendations - Recommendations for a healthy center environment. Reference: Chapter 2b.
11:00-11:30 - Lunch (except for those who operate an Emergency Shelter Program)
11:00-11:30 - Emergency Shelter Programs - Requirements for Programs providing service to homeless children and homeless families with children who participate in the CACFP. Reference: Appendix A.
11:30-12:00 - Lunch: Emergency Shelter Programs
11:30-3:00 - Recordkeeping - Required CACFP records: income eligibility applications, meal counting and claiming, financial reports, on-line claim procedures, Program supervision, CACFP training, recordkeeping, Civil Rights, and requirements for sponsors of centers. References: Chapters 3-10, Appendix B and E.
3:15-4:30 - Infant Feeding in CACFP - Requirements for feeding and claiming infant meals. References: Appendix C and "Feeding Infants: A Guide for Use in the Child Nutrition Programs."
Day of Workshop
Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the workshop.
There will be a 30 minute lunch break during the daylong workshops. We recommend bringing a sack lunch because of the short lunch break and since the ICN location may not be near a food source.
The room temperature varies from one ICN site to another. We suggest dressing in layers of clothing so you can adjust for your comfort.
If you have problems seeing or hearing at your site, contact the ICN staff in the building at your site.
Responsibilities as a Workshop Participant
You are responsible for learning your organization's CACFP responsibilities and for sharing the requirements with board members and staff when you return to your organization.
Individual ICN sites are generally not monitored by a consultant from the Department of Education. To make everyone's experience more productive and enjoyable we ask that you carefully read and follow these expectations for personal conduct:
- Practice common courtesy.
- Do not carry on side conversations during the presentations. This makes it difficult for others to hear.
- Turn your cell phone on silent; do not play games on your cell phone.
- Do not talk on the cell phone in the classroom during the workshop.
- Do not leave in the middle of a presentation, except for an emergency.
- Pay attention so you do not have to ask a question that has already been covered by the material presented.
- You will not receive a certificate if you do not conduct yourself appropriately. Conduct will be monitored by checking your ICN site visually, from evaluations, and by complaints received.
You must sign the attendance record when you arrive at the workshop (and mark the sessions you attended). Following the workshop, a certificate of attendance will be mailed to you at the address you provided when you registered. You will be notified if you will not be receiving a certificate due to inappropriate conduct.