July 2018
Issue 11
CACFP reimbursement forms for 2018-2019 are now available!
Claim-related forms for 2018-2019 are available on the CACFP website.  

FY 2019 Reimbursement rates:
Child Care Centers
Adult Day Care Centers
Homeless and Emergency Shelters/Head Start/At-risk Afterschool Programs
Family Day Care Home

Child care center forms include:
Household Income Eligibility Guidelines.
Income Eligibility Forms (IEFs) in English and Spanish 
Child Care IEF letter in English and Spanish

Adult Day Care forms include:
Adult Household Income Eligibility Guidelines
Adult Income Eligibility Forms (IEFs)  
Adult IEF Letter
Recertification for FY 2019 has begun!
The annual CACFP recertification process for the Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019) has begun.

All participating CACFP institutions MUST complete the online recertification application packet by October 2018 to avoid an interruption in claims. 

CACFP will be sending an email out that includes this handout on how you can begin your recertification process.

For questions about the recertification process, please contact Julie Pfankuch at 303-692-2330 or email.
CACFP Welcomes Kiersten Souerbry

Kiersten is the Nutrition Services Branch Admin Support Specialist and will support CACFP, WIC and ECOP teams.

Kiersten moved to Colorado after completing a Bachelors in Community Health Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is interested in nutrition promotion and looks forward to helping to improve the health and well-being of children and adults in Colorado.

Kiersten loves to explore Colorado's mountains and can be found there on the weekends hiking with her dog, Marvel. She also enjoys playing soccer, family game nights, baking cakes for her friends 
and family, and is an expert on all things Harry Potter. Kiersten can be reached at 303-692-2327 or by email.
Introducing Lisa Debits, RD

Lisa is CACFP's newest Nutrition Consultant as of May 2018. Lisa completed her Aramark healthcare distance dietetic internship at St. Mary's hospital in Grand Junction after graduating with a Human Nutrition-Dietetics degree from 
Metro State University of Denver.

Lisa moved to Colorado from the Chicago area in 2008. She enjoys hiking with her dog, camping, skiing, traveling, going to festivals and Rockies games, and cooking new recipes. She also enjoys finding new places to eat and appreciates all the beauty Colorado has to offer.

Lisa can be reached at 303-692-2608 or by email.
Do you know how to identify which grain meets the whole grain-rich requirement?

The new meal pattern requires at least one serving of grains per day to be whole grain-rich. So how do you know if the grain you are serving is meeting the whole grain-rich criteria? We have created a video which describes the six different ways you can use to identify if a grain is meeting the whole grain-rich requirement. You can also view the video here.
Are you still serving Sweetened Grain-based Desserts? 

Are you one of the (roughly) 40% of program participants still serving grain-based desserts on your menu? Sweetened grain-based desserts are no longer creditable for reimbursement in CACFP for any meal or snack. 

Take a look at our handout on sweetened grain-based desserts. If there is a food not listed, but you would consider it a sweetened grain, then it will not be considered creditable. Review your menus today to ensure you are meeting the new meal pattern requirements.

Watching this brief video can help you identify sweetened grain-based desserts.  

If you have any questions about your menu, or if a grain is meeting the whole grain-rich requirements, contact your assigned Nutrition Consultant, or our main line at 303-692-2330. 
2018 CACFP Institution and Site Staff Training

Check out the 2018 training schedule and register online.

For more information, please contact Jessica Jones at (303) 692-2345 or email.

LiveWell Colorado introduces Colorado Double Up Food Bucks

Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) doubles the value of SNAP benefits spent at participating markets and food retail stores which helps you bring home more healthy fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers. The wins are three-fold: more families have access to fruits and vegetables, local farmers gain new customers, and more food dollars stay in the local economy.
SNAP participants can receive vouchers for up to an additional $20 in Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables. When customers spend SNAP benefits on their EBT card at participating farmers markets or select retailers, DUFB will match up to $20 dollars a visit to be put toward Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables. You can see a list of participating markets and retailers here.

There are over 90 locations across Colorado. SNAP participants can text their zip code to 844-383-2399 to find a location nearby.
If you go to the Double Up website, you can order or download materials such as flyers and posters in English and Spanish.
For questions please call Amy Nelms, Double Up Food Bucks Colorado Program Manager, at 720-573-3632.
Recipe Corner

Peach Salsa
Adapted by Brittany Martens - Team Nutrition Grant Educator.

Colorado peaches are not to be missed! As these peaches begin to appear in the farmer’s market, think outside the box and try something new.

Here is a fun CHOP recipe for peach salsa. Children can participate by helping to cut the vegetables and fruit. Many times a plastic or metal butter knife is strong enough to break through the skin of vegetables while remaining a safe tool for supervised children to use. This recipe uses jalapenos. Use your 
judgment to adjust the recipe to add more or less depending on how spicy you would like your salsa.

To see all of CHOP’s recipes follow this link.

Check out more updates from CHOP.

Colorado WIC: Growing Healthy Families

WIC provides nutrition education, healthy foods, breastfeeding support and health referrals to eligible women, infants and children.  Colorado has 107 WIC clinics throughout the state. Call 800-688-7777 to find the WIC clinic nearest to you.

Federal CACFP regulations require each institution (other than outside school hours care centers, at-risk afterschool care centers, emergency shelters and adult day care centers) to provide parents of enrolled children with current information on the benefits and importance of WIC, as well as the eligibility requirements for WIC participation.
For eligibility guideline, WIC brochures and more information, visit the WIC website.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide all the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to the USDA by (1) Mail:  U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 (2) Fax: 202-690-7442, (3) Email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Contact Info for CACFP

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Child and Adult Care Food Program
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246

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