The recommended approach to initiating the Healthier CACFP Recognition Award is through the Establishing 3E’s Nutrition Grant Program (E3E). The E3E’s grants promote better health and nutrition programs to prevent the incidence of childhood obesity among preschool children (aged 6 and under) in the state. The program’s objectives include increasing awareness of the importance of good nutrition and encouraging children’s health and well-being through Education, Exercise and Eating right.
The E3E’s grant program is intended for CACFP child care CEs (independent or sponsor) to establish a Healthier CACFP Recognition Award program or a community organizations to extend or establish wellness programs. Grant funds are used to establish and implement a comprehensive wellness effort to achieve either Bronze, Silver or Gold status including activities to improve:
(a) nutrition quality of meals and snacks served (menus)
(b) physical activity
(c) nutrition education
(d) and/or the child care environment
Applicants are required, at a minimum, to improve the quality of the menus according to the award level chosen plus implement improvements in at least one other area of wellness (e.g. physical activity, nutrition education and/or environment). The CE applies for E3E’s grants by responding to the request for application (RFA) through the Grants Division of the Texas Department of Agriculture and submitting the application per instructions. Grant awards are based on the merit of the RFA response and scores by the reviewers.