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CACFP Workgroup
2020/2021 CACFP Input Workgroup

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Input Workgroup is a group of CACFP sponsors and independent centers that provides input to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) on the impact of policies and procedures related to CACFP. TDA’s goal is to ensure that workgroup members represent a broad and diverse selection of CACFP sponsors; therefore, membership selection is based on criteria such as organization type, sponsorship size, location, and sponsor type. Members of the CACFP Input Workgroup represent the perspective of their CACFP colleagues and serve as liaisons for CACFP sponsors and contracting entities to address issues with TDA during the workgroup meetings.

The 2020/2021 CACFP Input Workgroup members are listed below:

CACFP Input Workgroup Committee Members 
Annette Pena, Neighbors in Need of Services, Inc.
Blake Stanford, Southwest Human Development Services 
Dana Bigham, Victoria ISD
DeLynn Garza, BCFS Education Service
Gylma Garza, Edinburg Child Care, Inc.
Jesus Navarro, McAllen Care Providers, Inc.
Kenyatta Chandler, Houston ISD
Laura-Zelda Villarreal, Brownsville ISD
Matt Yell, Young Men’s Association of Wichita Falls, Texas
Ricardo Espinosa, PCCPA
RJ Bradley, Kids Light, Inc. dba Kids Place Learning Center
Sandra Pearson, Harris County Department of Education
Sarai Ferreira, CitySquare
Saul Fernandez, Extreme Activities, Inc.
Sehr Qazi, Hirani Platinum Corporation
Tiffiney Freeman, Department of the Army HQ, U.S. Army Garrison
Victor Salazar, Hummingbird Child & Adult Nutrition, President, Texas CACFP Sponsors Association


Members actively participate in subcommittees on the following topics:

Procurement Review Subcommittee
Goal/Purpose: Seek input on the procurement review process to help TDA ensure consistency and standardization across administrative review staff based on sponsor-specific circumstances (e.g., total reimbursements and vended versus self-prep meal). The focus will be on reviews of private nonprofit sponsors.
TDA Lead:
Jon Huss

Lori Muzquiz
Tarrah Moreno
Blake Stanford
Ricardo Espinosa
Saul Fernandez
Victor Salazar

COVID-19 Response Input Subcommittee
Goal/Purpose: Seek input on the TDA’s COVID-19 response efforts to help TDA evaluate ongoing operational needs, communications tools, and trainings, and discuss longer term implications related to implementation of COVID-19 nationwide waivers including transition to “regular operations” and compliance considerations.
TDA Lead:
Krystle Haney
Helenka Lepkowski Ostrum

Lori Muzquiz
Tarrah Moreno
Jesus Navarro
Kenyatta Chandler
Ricardo Espinosa
RJ Bradley
Sarai Ferreira
Sehr Qazi

The members will meet via telephone to gather input and discuss the current challenges and opportunities for CACFP in Texas. Members provided insight on issues that impact all areas of the CACP at a statewide level. The input and feedback from these meetings help guide TDA as we work to provide the resources and trainings Texas CACFP operators need to achieve success and compliance.

Workgroup members and TDA are excited about the partnership opportunity to ensure growth and success of the CACFP in Texas! If you have topics for discussion to include on an upcoming agenda or ideas you would like to bring to the attention of one of the subcommittees, please communicate your ideas to a current workgroup member.

2020/2021 Meeting Agendas and Minutes

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