The Provider Connection - Month 2014  
  NEW! Monthly Provider Connection - Enter the prize drawing!
  WECA Food Program - Provider Connection  
  JANUARY 2014
One Prize in each Monthly Provider Connection

We are excited that the Provider Connection will now be monthly! AND we will award a prize in each issue! Enter to win a Gooseberry Patch Kids in the Kitchen cookbook or a colorful BPA-free Kizmos plastic storage set. 
In this issue:
+ One prize awarded each month
Get your food program earnings
Hmong/Spanish forms available
+ New Master Menus
+ Vegetable straws are not okay
+ Area coordinator receives award
+ Wisconsin Shares policy

  Read each Provider Connection, click on the prize code and enter the drawing. This year's code is: [2014]. Enter as often as you wish, but you can only win one prize per calendar year. This month's prize is the Kizmos storage set. 


Get your 2013 WECA Food Program Earnings

For convenience, you may print your food program earnings statement online.
  • After the October claim (paid in December) is processed, log in to CACFP.Net.
  • Select My CACFP Info from the blue menu bar and click on Checks Received.
  • Enter last year’s Start Date (1/1/2013) and End Date (12/31/2013), then click on Display.
  • To print or to save to a file, select File in the upper left corner of your browser page.
You may also request to have your statement mailed.  After the October claim (paid in December) is processed:
  • Call 800-783-9322, ##8051.
  • Follow the instructions in the message; your statement will be mailed to the address we have on file.

 Food program Forms in Hmong and Spanish

The Wisconsin DPI website has translated food program forms available in Hmong and Spanish. Go to and click on Day Care Homes and Home Sponsors. This link is also posted on the WECA website at, under Food Program, Important Resources.

New Master Menus

New Master Menus have been created from recipes in the CACFP Menu Planning Guide. Please add these to your current list of Master Menus. Thank you, Area Coordinator Mary Mahl, for your work on this!

  • MM 190: Quinoa, black beans, corn, pineapple, milk. (Recipe, p. 26)
  • MM 191: Pita bread, navy beans, spinach, mandarin oranges, milk. (Recipe, p. 42)
  • MM 192: Tortilla, tuna, peas, applesauce, milk. (Recipe, p. 49)
  • MM 193: Pita bread, turkey, lettuce/tomato, grapes, milk. (Recipe, p. 63)
  • MM 194: Couscous, chicken, mangoes, green beans, milk. (Recipe, p. 71)

Vegetable Straws are not okay on the Food Program

DPI says: Vegetable straws are a snack made from ingredients  that include vegetables (such as tomatoes and spinach), seed oils, grain starches and flours made from vegetables and grains.These products cannot be credited as a fruit/vegetable because they’re a processed food. They are not creditable without a Child Nutrition (CN) label.

They may only be credited as a grain/bread if they’re made with whole or enriched grains. Some, but not all, vegetable straws are made with whole grains, so be sure to check the product label before you buy.

Area Coordinator Receives Award

Area Coordinator Jane Miler-Cleworth received the Outstanding Service in Early Education & Care Award at the WECA Conference in October. Jane has been an area coordinator since 1985. Congratulations!

Effective 1/1/13, WECA Policy Regarding Provider Suspension from Wisconsin Shares

If a provider is suspended from the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy payment system, WECA will suspend that provider from Food Program participation effective with the date of the Shares suspension, until the provider communicates to WECA what his/her intention is in regard to the Shares suspension: i.e., to stay open and appeal the suspension, or to close the family child care center.
If a provider intends to close and not appeal,or fails to communicate with WECA withinseven working days of the suspension, WECA will drop the provider.
If the provider states that she/he intends to stay open and provide care for children even though she/he is not guaranteed payment, or has private pay children and remains regulated, WECA will closely monitor the provider. WECA will request that a copy of state attendance records be sent with the monthly claim to ensure the claim is valid. Additional requirements such as monthly parent signatures on attendance records may also be required.
Thank you for your understanding in helping us do what’s best for Wisconsin’s young children.


The Provider Connection is published by the WECA Food Program.
Food Program Director:
Cindy Poole      Provider Connection Editor: Rita Schmidt 

To join the WECA Food Program, call 800-783-9322, ext. 7245,
or visit 
WECA Food Program
Madison Office
744 Williamson St., Suite 200
Madison, WI 53703
  Milwaukee Office
316 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 410
Milwaukee, WI 53202
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

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