The recommended approach to initiating the Healthier CACFP Recognition Award is through the Establishing 3E’s Nutrition Grant Program (E3E). The E3E’s grants promote better health and nutrition programs to prevent the incidence of childhood obesity among preschool children (aged 6 and under) in the state. The program’s objectives include increasing awareness of the importance of good nutrition and encouraging children’s health and well-being through Education, Exercise and Eating right.
The E3E’s grant program is intended for CACFP child care CEs (independent or sponsor) to establish a Healthier CACFP Recognition Award program or a community organizations to extend or establish wellness programs. Grant funds are used to establish and implement a comprehensive wellness effort which include activities to improve:
(a) Menu and Meal Service
(b) Farm Fresh Environment
(c) Physical Activity
(d) Nutrition Education
Applicants are required to make improvements to their menus, meal service, and nutrition environments relative to agriculture-related (Farm Fresh) learning activities; additionally applicants are required to implement best practices in either nutrition education or physical activity. The CE applies for E3E’s grants by responding to the request for application (RFA) through the Grants Division of the Texas Department of Agriculture and submitting the application per instructions. Grant awards are based on the merit of the RFA response and scores by the reviewers.