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The CACFP Roundtable announces its Call for Presentations for the 2021 Virtual Annual CACFP Conference. You are invited to submit a presentation proposal for a workshop session that addresses important issues facing today’s CACFP community. 


Not sure about presenting at a virtual conference? Don't worry, here's what you can expect!


  1. No need for travel!

  2. Professional production company helping you look and sound your best as your record your 20-30 minute presentation in advance of the conference.

  3. Technical assistance and support every step of the way!

  4. A 30 minute live Q&A session on October 19th or 20th to answer questions and share in discussion with attendees about your workshop.


Conference Tracks


Our conference tracks are designed to inspire presentations and discussions that are timely, relevant, and push us to grow. While most presentations will fall into these four categories, which are explained in more detail below, we encourage you to submit any of your presentation ideas, so long as they are relevant to the work of the CACFP community.

Policy and Advocacy

Submissions for this track can be focused on: 

  • Best practices for implementing state or federal policy

  • Innovative application of policy and practice

  • Advocacy for child nutrition, access to equitable meals and CACFP in general


Submissions for this track can be focused on:

  • Leadership practices in CACFP - both in the community and/or within your operations

  • Operations and management within the CACFP, such as serious deficiency processes and procedures, budget best practices, monitoring and more

  • Innovation in working with sites and providers, such as strength-based technical assistance and promoting cultural and language diversity within the Food Program 

  • Annual trainings

Pandemic Recovery

Submissions for this track can be focused on:

  • Experiences during the pandemic and how your agency has overcome the difficulties

  • Waivers/modifications that benefitted your program and how maintaining these changes can support a more streamlined and more accessible CACFP

  • Moving forward in a hybrid - remote and in person - situation (hybrid monitoring, hybrid workplace, hybrid management)

  • Recruiting providers and programs to get back on the CACFP

  • Innovation and best practices that support your staff, sites, and the community in our “new normal,” including mental health supports, and more.

Racial and Social Justice

Submissions for this track can be focused on addressing issues and opportunities related to equity, access, diversity, social justice, and anti-racism in CACFP. This intersectional track, which can highlight academic research and community-based practices, will explore:

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  • Social, economic, and other poverty-related factors

  • Culturally sensitive and responsive meal service

  • Anti-racism practices and pedagogy

  • Practices for advancing racial and social justice in our workplaces, sites, and communities

Why Present

  • Be part of a dynamic community that is advancing new ideas, policies, and programs in CACFP.

  • Collaborate with experts in the field.

  • Presenters receive a discounted registration.

  • Amazing professional development opportunity.

  • Receive recognition for and feedback about your practice or program.

  • Have a seat at the table!


July 31, 2021

Deadline to submit workshop proposals

August 2021

  • Registration Opens

  • Presenters notified about workshop proposal selections 

October 18-20, 2021

Annual CACFP Conference

Submission Guidelines

Your presentation should provide the following:

  • Comfort with Virtual Presentation: The Annual CACFP Conference will be virtual in 2021. Presenters will be supported in their virtual presentations, but will be expected to have the technology necessary to conduct a virtual presentation.

  • Relevance and Clarity: The content is aligned with our 2021 conference tracks (i.e., Policy & Advocacy, Leadership, Pandemic Recovery, and Racial & Social Justice), plus interesting and useful to a significant number of expected attendees. Learning objectives should be clearly stated and describe how the presentation will support attendees' learning and growth.

  • Engaging Format: Involves the audience, stimulates dialogue, and is consistent with the principles of effective adult learning.

  • ­Practical Application or Thought-Provoking: Presentations should provide take-away knowledge that can be used by participants in their day-to-day work, describe how ideas and methods can be transferred for use by others, offer how-to skills to improve performance; or reflects research and/or practical experience that is innovative and well-grounded. ​​​

Additional Information

  • Audience: Attendees typically include professional child care, adult care, and afterschool CACFP operators; local, State and Federal level policy-makers, administrators, and leaders; advocates, researchers, trainers and others who support the CACFP.

  • Presenter Registration: Presenters are encouraged to register and participate in the entire conference, but are not required to register.  Lead presenters + up to 2 co-presenters will be offered a discounted registration of $175.00. Additional presenters (beyond initial 3) will be extended the member rate for registration.

  • Honorarium: CACFP Roundtable does not award workshop presenters an honorarium. 

  • Presenter Responsibilities: The vast majority of presentations will be pre-recorded, with a virtual live Q&A session scheduled on October 19th or 20th. We strongly encourage pre-recorded presentations. Handouts and all presentation materials are required to be shared digitally. 

  • CACFP Roundtable reserves the right to make changes to proposed presentation titles and descriptions, to place sessions in alternative tracks, and to encourage joint presentations if multiple proposals are submitted on similar topics.​