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2021/2022 CACFP Input Workgroup - Call for Applications

" Applications for the 2021/2022 CACFP Input Group are now open. Every other month, Input Workgroup members meet virtually to gather input and discuss the current challenges and opportunities for CACFP in Texas. The input and feedback from these meetings help guide TDA as we work to provide the resources and trainings CACFP CEs need to successfully operate the CACFP in Texas. Click here to learn more about the CACFP Input Workgroup. Applications are due on Friday, April 23, 2021.
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CACFP Input Workgroup - Call for Applications
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, Texas children receive nutritious meals and snacks through the CACFP. The program also provides meals and snacks to 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 (CEs) to provide 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 that CEs need to successfully operate the CACFP. Each year, TDA posts the Key Accomplishments of the Input Workgroup on SquareMeals.org. TDA encourages you to review this document for an overview of the great work of this group.

Collaborative Partnership with TDA:
Please consider applying for membership!

Membership Responsibilities:
TDA strives to understand the unique challenges and competing priorities our CACFP CEs face in nourishing the Texans in your care. If selected, Workgroup Members should be prepared to represent the perspective of their CACFP colleagues with TDA. TDA also asks members to share any actions TDA has taken and the consideration given to the input provided to TDA via the Input Workgroup. Member names and contact information are posted on the Squaremeals.org website.

Applications due: Friday, April 23, 2021
Participation: 75% (minimum) of the scheduled meetings; Workgroup meetings are held virtually (Zoom or TEAMS meeting platforms) and occur approximately every other month.
Other: Attendance at TDA’s Community Nutrition Conference (MegaCon) in Spring 2022.

*Member names and contact information will be publicly posted here.

Application Process: 
The Input Workgroup application is available HERE as well as in the Applications section of the Texas Unified Nutrition Programs System (TX-UNPS) under Download Forms (CACFP-106). Membership selection will be based on criteria such as sponsorship size, location, sponsor type, and response to application questions. TDA’s goal is to ensure that the group represents a broad and diverse selection of CACFP sponsors and perspectives.

Click here to learn more about the CACFP Input Workgroup.



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Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
 
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