CACFP Workgroups

Applications Open for the 2019/2020 CACFP Input Workgroup

Thank you for working to ensure Texans can access good nutrition and take steps toward achieving healthier lifestyles!

Making a difference:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) serves a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low-income families. Each day, 4.2 million children nationwide receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP. The program also provides meals and snacks to 130,000 adults who receive care in nonresidential adult day care centers. CACFP reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in emergency shelters, and snacks and suppers to youths participating in eligible afterschool care programs.

As a CACFP Input Workgroup member you will have the opportunity to represent fellow contracting entities and input and discuss the current challenges and opportunities for CACFP in Texas directly with TDA representatives. The input and feedback from these meetings help guide TDA in the creation of policies, resources and trainings CEs need to achieve success and compliance.

Membership Responsibilities:
At TDA, we strive to understand the unique challenges and competing priorities you face in nourishing the Texans in your care. Every other month, Input Workgroup members meet via telephone to discuss the impact of policies and procedures related to CACFP.
Applications due: Monday, April 22, 2018
Participation: 75% (minimum) of the scheduled meetings; meetings occur every other month
Other: Members would need to be prepared to attend TDA’s Community Nutrition Conference in Spring 2020.
*Member names and contact information will be posted at Squaremeals.org/CACFPWorkgroup.

Application Process:
The Input Workgroup application is available in the Applications section of the Texas Unified Nutrition Programs System (TX-UNPS) under Download Forms. Membership selection will be based on criteria such as sponsorship size, location, and sponsor type. TDA’s goal is to ensure that the group represents a broad and diverse range of perspectives.
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Please help congratulate and welcome the 2018/2019 CACFP Input Workgroup members. The members on the committee have been challenged with the task to provide insight on issues that are impacting all areas of CACFP on a state-wide level.

Committee members will serve as liaisons for CACFP sponsors and contracting entities while addressing those issues with TDA during the workgroup meetings. Throughout the next year, members will actively participate in the development sub-committees. Subcommittee members of the strategic focus areas will be announced in the "Insights" e-newsletter. For suggestions on a particular issue, please address a subcommittee member.

Committee members and TDA are excited about the partnership opportunity to ensure growth and success of the CACFP Program in Texas!


CACFP Input Workgroup Committee Members



Stephanie Berno
The Houston Food Bank


Subcommittee: Special Projects

Name: Tanisha Butler
Discovering Healthy Foods

Subcommittee: Communications  

Name: Victoria Davis  

Garden Oaks Adult Activity Center

Subcommittee: Special Projects

  Name: Veronica Day              

City Square

Subcommittee: Communications

Name: Angela Flowers

Food & Nutrition Solutions


Subcommittee: Communications

Name: Kash Hirani
Hirani Platinum Corporation

Subcommittee: Training

Name: Mel Jackson
The Josh Howard Foundation

Subcommittee: Special Projects 

Name: Kathy Johnson

Gulf Coast Community Services Association


Subcommittee: Training

Name: Tangela Joseph

Destiney Empowerment Enterprises

Subcommittee: Training 

Name: Rickie Lafon

Sunrise Learning Center

Subcommittee: Special Projects 

Name: Jana Landrum
San Benito ISD

Subcommittee: Communications

Name: Leticia Mendoza
Webb County Commissioners Court

Subcommittee: Special Projects

Name: Vickie Moss
HiPlains Day Care Services

Subcommittee: Communications 

Name: Suzette Ramos

Marbach Christian Church

Subcommittee: Training

Name: Victor Salazar
Hummingbird Child and Adult Nutrition


Subcommittee: Communication

*Sponsors Association President 

Name: Cindy Serrano
The North Texas Food Bank

Subcommittee: Training

Name: Annelise Tanner
Austin ISD

Subcommittee: Special Projects

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