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Child Care and Summer Food

On-line Discussion Groups

These lists were originated by USDA and designed for State agency, school food service, and child care personnel to discuss issues about providing healthy meals to children. There is no fee for joining the lists. However, membership may be limited to related personnel. Messages and answers are unedited. The subscriber should assess the accuracy of the responses.

CACFP-Talk - Membership in this group is limited to State agencies and local CACFP administrators.

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Mealtalk - An online discussion group for National School Lunch Program and CACFP participants.

Foodsafe - Discuss food safety issues with other professionals interested about food safety issues.

Feeding Kids Newsletter - an announcement only newsletter.

Summer Food Service Program sponsors are eligible to receive donated commodities. An application packet for donated commodities is available from Nancy Derr, PA Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Food Distribution.

Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) - Healthy Childcare Pennsylvania ( 1-800-243-2357 ) provides education and training to child care providers in Pennsylvania.

"The Foods I Eat: The Foods You Eat" by Roberta Duyff is a multicultural curriculum for preschoolers and is available from Many Hands Media, 1133 Broadway, Suite 1123, New York, NY 10010.

Food and Nutrition Fun for Children - A fact sheet listing children's books about food and nutrition. Most are available through your local library or may be borrowed through interlibrary loan from the Food and Nutrition Information Center at (301) 504-5719. is a comprehensive source of information on nutrition and dietary guidance from multiple government agencies and supports the President's HealthierUS Initiative and includes information provided by USDA, the Department of Health and Human Services and others.

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) - CNPP was created in 1994 and is responsible for developing food policy, assessing cost-effectiveness of government sponsored nutrition programs, and investigating nutrition communications.

Healthfinder® serves as a gateway to reliable consumer health and human service information.

Managing Food Safety: The Next Step - Watch these teleconferences online to learn about steps to prevent food borne illness.

The Child Care Nutrition Resource System provides recipes, resources, and information on preparing nutritious and safe food for children in child care. CACFP sponsors and providers will find this site useful.

" Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation" - FRAC Report on Summer Nutrition Programs: features 5 states that effectively reach young people through the Summer Food Service Program. Call Doug Heff at FRAC, (202)-968-2220, Ext. 3027 for a copy of the report.

Resources for Afterschool Snack Programs:

Additional Afterschool Program Resources:

"Healthy Kids: Germ Free" - An educational kit for daycare providers and school-aged children. Contains 5 food safety fact sheets, 9 colorful mini-posters, a leader's guide, a program evaluation sheet, and 2 activity booklets for 6-8 year olds, and 9-11 year olds. The cost is $7.00 from Ohio State University Extension, Wood County, 440 E. Poe Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402.