The Brighton Report – March 15

The Brighton Report is Brighton Training Group’s weekly news show. It’s a fast paced run down of the three most notable news stories of the week in child nutrition, school nutrition, CACFP, SFSP and other child nutrition programs.

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1. Mark your calendar – it’s National CACFP Week

2. WalMart helps school kids eat their veggies


3. Nutrition education that’s fun and easy to use – right from your mobile device
It’s March 11, and this is the Brighton Report.

Mark your calendar – it’s National CACFP Week

National CACFP Week kicks off on March 13. CACFP Week is a national education and information campaign sponsored annually by the National CACFP Sponsors Association (NCA). The campaign is designed to raise awareness of how the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program works to bring healthy foods to the table for day care homes, centers, and as part of afterschool and summer feeding programs.

This year, the NCA has issued a challenge to the CACFP community with “Operation Proclamation” – an opportunity for the child nutrition community to promote National CACFP Week. Sponsors are encouraged to make local news organizations aware of the program, write to state legislators about the benefits of CACFP, and find fun ways to involve children and families in CACFP Week activities.

Check out the CACFP website for more ways to spread the word and access a free CACFP Week Toolkit.


WalMart helps school kids eat their veggies

Fresh fruits and vegetables are key to children’s healthy eating. They make their bodies feel better and their minds work better.

Now, a donation from the WalMart foundation is helping 100 schools take part in Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. The program, operated by the Chef Ann Foundation, is designed to teach children nutrition through fun lunchtime activities that showcase fresh fruits and vegetables.

Project Produce helps schools to purchase fresh produce, allowing kids to not only learn about the benefits of these healthy foods, but to taste and experience them as well.

Grants in the amount of $2500 are available through the program. Any district or independent school with a creative idea to encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is welcome to apply for the grant so long as they participate in the National School Lunch Program.

Nutrition education that’s fun and easy to use – right from your mobile device

The recently released Dietary Guidelines for 2015-2020 highlight the need for Americans to change their dietary habits to include more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, while consuming less added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium.

To help families embrace these changes towards a healthier lifestyle, the Food and Nutrition Service provides a variety of recipes, tips, and materials for kids through its Team Nutrition initiative.

The latest resource is a collection of eight free eBooks that teach young children about the MyPlate food groups. These books include colorful characters and use a variety of interactive features, like games and mazes, to test comprehension and make learning fun.

These eBooks are perfect to share with preschool or kindergarten age children. Each eBook includes audio narration that highlights the text as it’s read aloud. Six of the books are designed for emergent readers and include common sight words learned in kindergarten that help children build literacy skills.

Families, schools, and libraries can download and view the books using an eReader on their tablets, cell phones, or computers.

MyPlate eBooks are available for free to download at: