Training: At-Risk Afterschool Meals

Training on the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program of the Child and Adult Care Food Program can help sponsoring organizations serve meals and/or snacks to children after the school day, on weekends, on school release days and holiday breaks. Training provides sponsors and their staff with the program requirement information, tools and resources to confidently operate the program.


How to Submit Your Application for the Child and Adult Care Food Program on-line using Cyber-Linked interactive Child Nutrition System (CLiCS) (50 minutes)
This training reviews basic CLiCS navigation, entering sponsor and site applications, budget and revenue calculations and upload instructions. There are some materials that accompany this session for you to reference as you go through the CLiCS process. Links to these reference materials to go along with this training: Principal Information, Budget Detail Worksheet, Estimated Reimbursement Worksheet and Contract for Vended Meals.

Introduction to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (23 minutes)
Learn if your organization is eligible to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and if the children or adults you serve are eligible as well. This webinar describes the benefits, participation requirements and common misconceptions of the CACFP. Is completing the CACFP application toolkit your next steps to receiving financial reimbursement for serving nutritious meals and snacks? This webinar will help you decide.

Meal Patterns and Food Service

Child Nutrition Labels and Product Formulation Statements (15 minutes) - 3/31/17
This training explains documentation requirements for commercially prepared, combination food items using Child Nutrition Labels or Product Formulation Statements. Handout: Child Nutrition (CN) Labels and Product Formulation Statements

CACFP Meal Pattern Guide (60 minutes)
Meal Patterns for children 1 to 12 years of age for child care and 13 to 18 years of age for at-risk afterschool meal programs and emergency shelters. Have fun learning which foods are creditable in this fun, self-paced, interactive module provided by Brighton Training Group. Register for quick access to all Brighton modules. Handout: Child Meal Pattern

Menu Planning: Resources, Tools, and Tips (10 minutes)
In this 10-minute module, you will learn tips related to food purchasing, resources for existing menus and recipes, and tools that will assist with the menu planning process.

Grain Component (15 minutes)
This session helps you correctly credit grain ingredients and grain food items, purchase cereals meeting the sugar limits and serve required portions of the grain food component which meet the CACFP child and adult meal patterns.

Grain Component: Whole Grain-Rich (17 minutes)
This session helps you to identify whole grain ingredients and whole grain-rich foods and the documentation requirements for both.

Meat and Meat Alternative Food Component (19 minutes)
Meal pattern requirements and crediting information of the meat and meat alternates component is explained. Handouts: Choose Yogurts That Are Lower in Added Sugars, Processed Meats: Some Things to Know, and Child Nutrition (CN) Labels and Product Formulation Statements: Documentation Requirements

Milk Component (17 minutes)
Crediting, meal pattern, and purchasing requirements for the milk component is featured.
Handouts: Fluid Milk Substitutions in Child Nutrition Programs and Serving Milk in the CACFP

Vegetable Component and Fruit Component
(21 minutes)
The vegetable component and the fruit component are two distinct components in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern. This training explains how to identify creditable vegetables and creditable fruits, the nutritional benefits of both components, and crediting.

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Recordkeeping and Training

Civil Rights Training for CACFP At-Risk Programs (25 minutes)
This session covers civil rights requirements for CACFP sponsors. There are four requirements which include: public notification, equal access, racial/ethnic data collection, and annual staff training. Civil Rights compliance is critical and should be reviewed regularly by sponsors. When conducting annual civil rights training, sponsors can use printable PowerPoints: Civil Rights Training-Note Pages – Child and Adult Care Food Program or Civil Rights Training – Child and Adult Care Food Program (slides only).

Knowledge Check: Civil Rights Knowledge Check for CACFP is an optional self-assessment tool for independent learning. After viewing the Civil Rights Training for CACFP video, read the Annual Civil Right Staff Training - CACFP and the USDA Civil Rights Statement and then complete the knowledge check. When 80% or more of the questions are answered correctly, then a certificate of completion will be issued.

Procurement and Financial Recordkeeping (16 minutes)
This session features procurement procedures, nonprofit foodservice operations, revenue and expenses, and recordkeeping. Required sponsor characteristics are discussed, which include financial viability, administrative capability, and internal controls for CACFP program accountability.

Training Log for At-Risk Afterschool Meal Programs
- 12/31/18

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