Jason Sellers is the Director of Product Development and has been with Minute Menu for 6 years, although it seems like much longer. You may have seem him around some childcare food program conferences behind our Minute Menu HX and KidKare booth- tall guy with goofy charm. He’s unmistakable! When he’s not making jokes around the office or poking his head around doors, he is sitting down with his team working hard on improvements for our CACFP software programs.
Why is the Child and Adult Care Food Program important?
Child nutrition is one of the easiest ways to really improve the quality of life in America. If children start early in life with good nutrition, it has a positive effect on not only them but bubbling up to savings on ongoing medical care, improved education, which leads to better, more productive citizens and an improved quality of life.
How does the CACFP impact the lives of children?
Children need to have healthy fuel to keep their little engines running and their brains working the best they can. It’s just science. The CACFP is a crucial part of providing healthy foods for kids.
How has the CACFP inspired you in your work? In your personal life?
At the end of the day, my job helps more kids get healthier food than they would have eaten otherwise, and that is what motivates me.
What is the most rewarding aspect of working with CACFP software?
When I get the opportunity to spend time with childcare providers and hear their stories of success that children have had after joining the program – it gets me right in the feels!
What has working with CACFP sponsors and providers taught you?
They are tireless bunch of folks who really care about children!
Do you have a favorite healthy recipe that follows CACFP guidelines? If so, please share.
We call it “Tortellini Soup”, and it contains all of the components of a creditable meal. (I know, I know, you can’t have all the components in one soup, but no one is error checking me). It has Celery, onion, spinach, shaved carrots, and chicken broth. Cook in a bunch of cheese tortellini, top with a little Parmesan cheese and away you go. Takes less than 40 minutes to make and is a crowd pleaser. Enjoy!
To learn more about CACFP Week, head to cacfp.org/cacfpweek for tips and activities from the National CACFP Sponsors Association.