Online Program

Farm to CACFP: Policy, Funding and Resources

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 12:50 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Traci Mouw, MPH, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service USDA, Alexandria, VA
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides reimbursement for over 3 million nutritious meals to children every day in child care centers and homes, including Head Start.  Nationally, there is a growing interest in incorporating local foods and introducing agriculture-based curriculum in early education and care settings. 

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 amended the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to expand the purpose of the CACFP to  provide reimbursement for nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth and development of young children.  The incorporation of local food and agricultural education into the CACFP ensures this newly emphasized importance of creating a healthy environment is promoted.   These types of activities in early childcare is a great way to introduce young children to where their food comes from, and help them to develop lifelong healthy eating habits.

This presentation provides information about USDA’s policies regarding incorporating local food into the CACFP and will include information about preschool gardens and relevant models from around the nation.  The session will also cover strategies for purchasing local foods within the Federal regulations and resources for finding appropriate agricultural-based curriculum.  Additionally, resources for planning, funding and locating potential collaborators will be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain USDA's policies and identify resources regarding local foods in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Describe how early child education, nutrition and Farm to Preschool principles relate to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) Identify agricultural education activities, procurement strategies and funding opportunities for Farm to Preschool

Keyword(s): Child Health Promotion, Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I joined the Food and Nutrition Service in 2011 as a program analyst for Child Nutrition Programs and am a member of the Know You Farmer, Know Your Food Taskforce and Farm to Preschool Subcommittee. My areas of expertise include local food procurement, nutrition and agricultural education, and local and regional food systems. Previously, I held positions at Imperial College of London, School of Public Health and the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch, National Institutes of Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.