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Winter 2017 Child Nutrition Newsletter

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Winter 2017 Child Nutrition Newsletter

February 08, 2017
By
Misha Marvel
 
 
Child Nutrition Programs News

Nourish Kids and Teens for Year-Round Success

New Website for Childcare and Afterschool Meals

Hunger Solutions New York has launched ChildCareMealsNY.org, a website where child care and afterschool providers can learn about the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The site includes resources and information about the program’s benefits and how it works, from eligibility and meal pattern requirements to the application process. ChildCareMealsNY.org can also be accessed via the URL AfterschoolMealsNY.org

CACFP is a federally funded nutrition program offering per-meal reimbursements and meal planning guidance to help providers serve nutritious meals and snacks to children and teens in their care. It is available in a wide range of settings, including day care centers, home-based childcare settings, and afterschool enrichment programs. Participating in CACFP benefits everyone: children get a nutritional boost at no added cost to their families, and providers receive reimbursements to help offset the cost of buying and serving complete, nutritious meals.


To Be Well Read... You Must be Well Fed: Libraries as Summer Meals Partners

For the past three years, we've collaborated with the New York Library AssociationSummer Reading at New York Libraries and the New York State Education Department to bring summer meals to libraries across the state. Recently, local librarians joined us in a webinar to share how they have enhanced their programming by partnering with summer meals sponsors. View the webinar here.


Spotlight on Meals During School Breaks

For the 1.6 million NYS students who may rely on healthy school meals, time off from school can mean coping with food hardship. Fortunately, some sponsors of afterschool and summer meals have the option to serve meals on weekends and during school breaks. With mid-school-year breaks approaching, we urge sponsors to explore the opportunity to serve meals during those times. Participating sites can offer breakfast, lunch, supper, or a snack, up to one meal and one snack per child, per day. Regular program requirements apply, including those regarding location, programming, and meal patterns.

Visit SummerMealsNY.org and AfterschoolMealsNY.org to learn more about  the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Current SFSP or CACFP sponsors interested in expanding meal service to weekends and/or school breaks can contact their state agency representative for more information.


Summer Meals Sponsors Aim to Reach More Kids and Teens in 2017 

Our recent 2016 summer meals sponsor survey garnered responses from more than 100 Summer Food Service Program sponsors in 49 counties. Respondents shared the following insights: 
•    40% of all respondents are interested in adding at least one summer meals site in 2017.
•    58% of responding sponsors who operate open meal sites are interested in adding at least one summer meals site in 2017.
•    25% have used the USDA Capacity Builder tool to identify areas where there are gaps in summer meal access and opportunities for new partners.
•    22% are interested in learning more about CACFP's afterschool meals component.
•    19% are interested in new site opportunities in locations beyond their immediate county.
•    24% requested assistance with identifying potential new sites.
•    Respondents show high interest in building new partnerships with the following organizations, ranked in order of interest:  libraries, public municipalities and health organizations, schools, faith based organizations, and other under-tapped organizations such as housing communities, farmers' markets and museums.

Hunger Solutions New York is dedicated to supporting sponsors in their mission to feed more kids and teens. We will continue to promote summer meals among emerging partner systems and connect local sponsors with potential new sites. Learn more here.


Soon to be Released: Our Annual School Breakfast Report

Our 2017 statewide report on the School Breakfast Program (SBP) is nearing completion. Findings reveal that the SBP continues to be underutilized. Fewer than one in three students qualified to eat for free or at a reduced price participated in breakfast during the 2015-2016 school year. The report identifies best practices for increasing breakfast participation, highlights successful school districts, and outlines action steps to broaden the reach of the SBP, especially among students who qualify to eat for free or at a reduced price. The report also includes school breakfast participation rates for New York State public schools. It will be released in March, during National School Breakfast Week, and will be available digitally at SchoolMealsHubNY.org.


NYS Trainings Scheduled for New Summer Meals and CACFP Sponsors

The NYS Education Department has recently released its 2017 training schedule for current and potential summer meals sponsors. Interested organizations and potential sites are also welcomed.

The NYS Dept. of Health's Division of Nutrition has posted its 2017 training schedule for CACFP sponsors.

Time to Apply to be a Summer Meals Site or Sponsor

 

Last summer, thanks to the efforts of 348 sponsoring organizations, more than 3,000 community sites — a record number— served up free, healthy meals and snacks to kids and teens across New York State. Still, fewer than one in three students who relied on free and reduced-price school meals had access to summer meals. With your help, we can reach more youth this summer. READ MORE 

NYS Dept of Health's New CACFP Prescreening Tool

A new resource from the NYS Department of Health can help afterschool and early care providers determine if they may be eligible to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP provides reimbursement funding for nutritious meals and snacks served to children and teens in eligible afterschool programs and home-based or center-based childcare. READ MORE

SNAP Works for America's Children

A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, SNAP Works for America's Children, reviews the many ways the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) supports children. The report includes numerous state-by-state tables. SNAP will help about 20 million children (1 million in NYS) each month this year. SNAP’s support is critical for America’s low-income children: no other nutrition or income support program reaches as many at-risk children or contributes as much to the overall resources of very-low-income households with children.

NYS Anti-Hunger Conference

Registration is now open for our second statewide Anti-Hunger Conference, May 17, at the Albany Capital Center. The only conference of its kind in our state, the event will feature a full day of speakers, workshops, and plenary sessions dedicated to seeking solutions to hunger. This is a must-attend event for advocates, elected officials, policy makers, service providers and all interested individuals.  READ MORE

2017 Public Policy Priorities

Hunger Solutions New York has released its 2017 public policy agenda to improve New York’s nutrition assistance safety net.

 
In the coming year, we strive to build on our state’s successes by strategically increasing investment in anti-hunger programs on both the state and federal levels. We aim to protect vulnerable populations from losing access to benefits to which they are entitled, and to provide easier access to the programs they need to feed themselves and their families. READ MORE

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