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Celebrating CACFP Week


As we began Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) week, I was excited to embark on a journey filled with fun surprises and valuable learnings. Our adventure kicked off with a special guest appearance by none other than Congresswoman Joyce Beatty at the home of Cheryl Odom, owner of Cheryl’s Kiddz, during one of our CACFP visits. 

Picture this: children gathered around, eyes wide with anticipation, munching on their own personal pizzas as Congresswoman Beatty animatedly read aloud from the book “Pizza Day.” It was a scene straight out of a storybook, watching the kids hanging onto every word as they indulged in their yummy food.

During the CACFP visit, I couldn’t help but marvel at the dedication and hard work put in by providers like Cheryl to create nurturing environments for these children. Witnessing this firsthand, I gained a new appreciation for the efforts of caregivers and organizations like Action for Children, who support programs like CACFP. 

Speaking of Action for Children, let me shine a spotlight on the incredible work this organization has does as a CACFP sponsor. Since 1985, they’ve been partnering with family child care providers, serving over 13 million meals in the last two decades alone. That’s not just feeding hungry tummies; that’s nourishing communities and fostering growth, one healthy meal at a time. They’ve reimbursed millions of dollars to child care providers, making it easier for them to focus on what truly matters: the well-being of the children in their care. 

Did you know that joining CACFP is as simple as pie? All you need is a copy of your child care license and enrollment of at least one child in your program. Yep, it’s that easy! This week isn’t just about celebrating the joys of good food; it’s about building connections, raising awareness, and combating hunger on a grassroots level. By providing healthy, nutritious meals, CACFP isn’t just filling bellies; it’s nourishing futures. 

CACFP Week isn’t just a time for celebration; it’s a call to action. It’s a chance to shine a light on the vital role of early childhood nutrition, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive from day one. So let’s spread the word, share the love, and continue to support programs like CACFP that make a tangible difference in the lives of our youngest citizens. 

As we close out CACFP week, let’s remember that the journey doesn’t end here. Together, let’s keep the spirit of community alive, one meal at a time. 

Learn more about CACFP using these resources: 

Action for Children

National Child and Adult Care Food Program

Find a CACFP Provider Near You

Author: Tyra James, Program Marketing Coordinator at Action for Children 

Action for Children is the local child care resource and referral agency for central Ohio, and is committed to assuring quality early learning experiences for all children. Our services focus on transforming the lives of children by supporting the everyday heroes who most influence our children’s early growth; care givers, educators, parents, and guardians. Learn More. 
Action for Children’s CACFP services for Family Child Care professionals are funded by the Ohio Department of Education and Action for Children’s generous donors. 

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