Learn and Grow Depot Recognized for Food Program
Marie Malo (second from right), Director of Learn and Grow Depot, receives a certificate for recognition of the child development center’s participation in the Healthier Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Also pictured, from left, are: Mark Thompson, Assistant Director Child Nutrition & Wellness, Kansas Department of Education; Diana Floyd, CACFP Consultant, Child Nutrition & Wellness, Kansas Department of Education; Tessa Adcock, Team Nutrition Project Director Child Nutrition & Wellness, Kansas Department of Education; Malo; Heather Schmitt, Learn and Grow Depot Lead Teacher Preschool 1.
Learn and Grow Depot Child Development Center, in Abilene, was recently recognized as one of the first three centers in the State of Kansas to provide a Healthier Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP) by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Mountain Plains Region and the Kansas State Department of Education. Learn and Grow Depot achieved the High Honors level of exceptional standards of wellness in their participation in USDA’s CACFP in Menus. They have removed processed foods and are recognized as an exceptional standard of wellness with the new menu.
The Healthier Child and Adult Care Food Program Award is a recognition system that supports the wellness efforts of child care centers participating in CACFP. Child care centers taking steps to improve nutrition, physical activity, nutrition education and/or environment for children in their care can apply to win an award in one or more of these categories. Three levels are offered: Honors, High Honors, and Highest Honors. For achieving High Honors, Learn and Grow Depot received $300.
Learn and Grow Depot also recently received a Federal Grant Award of $150 for participating in the Power Panther Preschool program. Power Panther Preschool is a nine-lesson health education program for Kansas Preschool aged children enrolled in centers and homes that participate in the CACFP. This program encourages children to taste new, healthy foods, and be physically active.