CACFP Workgroups

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The Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) CACFP Input Workgroup is an assembly of CACFP contracting entities that provides valuable insight into how CACFP policies and procedures affect program operations. TDA uses the feedback from Input Workgroup meetings to help develop the resources, policies, and trainings CACFP sponsors need to achieve success and compliance.

Membership Responsibilities:
Every other month, Input Workgroup members meet to gather input and discuss the current challenges and opportunities for CACFP CEs in Texas. Sponsors should participate in a minimum of 75% of the scheduled meetings. The majority of meetings are held via teleconference, but members must plan on travelling to Austin for the first Input Workgroup meeting which will take place at the 2018 CACFP Conference, June 18-21, 2018.  Members terms dates are June 2018-May 2019.

Membership Selection

Membership selection will be based on criteria such as sponsorship size, location and sponsor type. TDA’s goal is to ensure that the group represents a broad and diverse range of perspectives. Members must be an approved TDA CACFP Sponsor.

Applications Due: Monday, April 23, 2018

Application Process: Application for membership is available in the Applications section of the Texas Unified Nutrition Programs System (TX-UNPS) under Download Forms. The application form name is CACFP Input Workgroup Application.

Selection Notification:

Applicants will be notified of selection or non-selection by May 7, 2018.

Selected members names and contact information will be posted at Squaremeals.org/CACFPWorkgroup.

2017/2018 CACFP Input Workgroup  Minimize 
Please help congratulate and welcome the 2017/2018 CACFP Input Workgroup members. The members on the committee have been challenged with the task to provide insight on issues that are impacting all areas of CACFP on a state-wide level.

Committee members will serve as liaisons for CACFP sponsors and contracting entities while addressing those issues with TDA during the workgroup meetings. Throughout the next year, members will actively participate in the development sub-committees. Subcommittee members of the strategic focus areas will be announced in the "Insights" e-newsletter. For suggestions on a particular issue, please address a subcommittee member.

Committee members and TDA are excited about the partnership opportunity to ensure growth and success of the CACFP Program in Texas!


Name: Cindy Serrano, Child Nutrition Specialist
Location: The North Texas Food Bank
Contact Information: cindys@ntfb.org

Name: Shonika Kwarteng, Nutrition Services Manager
Location: Harris County Department of Education Head Start
Contact Information: skwarteng@hcde-texas.org

Name: Sidonia King, Director of Child Care
Location: Connally ISD Child Care Center
Contact Information: nking@connally.org

Name: Kandace Davis, Rural Kids Cafe Coordinator
Location: The Houston Food Bank
Contact Information: kdavis@houstonfoodbank.org

Name: Lee Haddock, Assistant Direction, Child Nutrition
Location: Alvin ISD
Contact Information: lhaddock@alvinisd.net

Name: Mariana Font, Director/Owner
Location: My Little Team Texas Day Care, San Antonio
Contact Information: mbazaldua@mylittleteamtexasdaycare.com

Name: Susana Reza, Executive Director
Location: El Paso Health and Human Services
Contact Information: susanareza@elpasohumanservices.org

Name: Veronica Day, Manager of Child Food Program
Location: City Square
Contact Information: vday@citysquare.org

Name: Sharron Ray, President of Texas Sponsors Association
Standing Member
Contact Information: sharon@nutriservice.org

CACFP Dual Sponsor Meeting  Minimize 
TDA has initiated meetings to gather feedback and provide technical assistance for the challenges and opportunities unique to Dual Sponsors. Dual Sponsors from across the state gathered in Austin for the inaugural meeting. Click here to read the minutes from the May 19, 2015 meeting.

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