Happy CACFP Week from your Minute Menu team! Everyone here at Minute Menu holds the Child and Adult Care Food Program very close to our hearts. We have not only provided CACFP software to childcare providers and childcare center and home sponsors all over the nation for over 20 years, but our entire team has also been enriched by the program in their personal lives, as well. This week, we have had the privilege to sit down with some of our team members to learn what the CACFP means to them. Follow us throughout the week to learn something new about our team every day!
Today we found out what the CACFP means to Cindy Vian. Cindy is the Director of Sales and has been with Minute Menu since January 2010. If you know Minute Menu, then you probably know Cindy! Cindy is our outspoken, passionate, creative redhead of the office. If there is one thing that she is passionate about, it is the CACFP.
Why is the CACFP important?
It ensures that all children receive healthy, nutritious meals in childcare. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) has a proven track record of supporting healthy and safe child care environments which support the working family.
How does the CACFP impact the lives of children?
The CACFP reduces instances of food insecurity, overweight and obesity in children. It exposes children to a wide variety of foods they might otherwise not have access to. It teaches children what a healthy plate of food looks like so they can make better choices themselves as they grow.
What does the CACFP mean to you?
During the years that I was a family child care provider it meant I could supply high quality, hot meals for the children in my care along with my own children. As a sponsor I was part of a larger mission to improve the quality of child care programs and teach good nutrition practices to the participants of our program. Now, it means helping people embrace technology to improve program integrity and increase program participation.
How has the CACFP inspired you in your work? In your personal life?
The CACFP has inspired me to push myself beyond what I might see as my limitations. I’ve learned that what you put in your body has a lot to do with how you feel, how you perform, and what you can expect from your body.
What has working with CACFP sponsors and providers taught you?
Its taught me that the world is full of bright, beautiful people who want to do good work.
How do you promote a healthy lifestyle with your own family?
We include fruit and vegetables at all meals and most snacks. We’re all pretty adventurous so we make a game out of bringing new foods or recipes to family functions. Recently our family has begun to add some type of physical activity after every holiday meal to help us balance out those occasions. Now, we’re going to add in growing our own produce we’ll be planting a family garden in April.
Do you have a favorite healthy recipe that follows CACFP guidelines? If so, please share.
Strawberry Banana Split:
Makes 1 serving
Prep time: 5 mins
1 small banana
½ cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon lowfat granola
½ cup sliced strawberries
Cut the banana lengthwise. Spoon yogurt into a bowl. Place the banana halves on both sides of the yogurt. Then top the yogurt with granola and strawberries. Serve.
To learn more about CACFP Week, head to cacfp.org/cacfpweek for tips and activities from the National CACFP Sponsors Association.