October 2018
Issue 12
Recertification for FY 2019 is Underway!
The annual CACFP recertification process for the Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019) has begun.

In order to claim for October 2018, your application in CHEARS must be reviewed and approved by CACFP staff. Please submit the application as soon as possible so the CACFP staff has time to review, advise corrections and then do a final approval

CACFP sent 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 

Colorado prides itself on being one of the fittest, most active and healthiest states in the nation. Coloradans are problem solvers, collaborators and innovators in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. As we learn about challenges that have human and financial impacts for our communities, we solve them together. Despite our national reputation as a healthy state, hunger remains a reality for too many Coloradans. Recognizing this challenge, a group of leaders came together in 2017 to develop a shared vision and actionable road map for ending hunger in our state.

Learn more here.
Updated Contact Information
We've updated our contact information on our website due to staff changes. Please visit our 
site to learn more.
2019 CACFP Institution and Site Staff Training

Check out the 2019 training schedule and register online starting November 1. 

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

Central Valley Harvest Bake
Adapted from Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Child Care Centers

This succulent side dish combines the sweetness of butternut squash with the spicy kick of jalapenos and red peppers and is baked together with black beans, red quinoa and granola for an absolutely delightful mouthful. It complements a variety of entrées, including grilled chicken or roast turkey.

Find the full recipe here.

To see all of CHOP’s recipes follow this link.
CHOP Updates
CHOP's 2019 Sub-grant application is now available. On CHOP’s website, you can find the application, important dates, a webinar with information on the application process and more useful tools to help you apply. All applications must be submitted no later than November 24, 2018 to be considered for the 2019 sub-grant period. 

As a reminder preference will be given to those located in the following 16 counties: Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Bent, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, El Paso, Huerfano, Jefferson, Morgan, Otero, Pueblo, Teller and

If you have questions or concerns, please call or 
email Britt at 303-692-3080.
Policy Update: USDA Notice to Rescind Memo TA 01-2007

USDA announced the removal of TA 01-2007. As the guidance it provides on crediting grains in child nutrition programs in outdated, contact CACFP with questions at (303) 692-2330.

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

P   303-692-2330      F   303-756-9926     
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