The Provider Connection - September 2014  
  Online Exclusive! Coping with Picky Eaters, Lesson 1  
  WECA Food Program - Provider Connection  
  September 2014
Payment Hotline is ##4001

When you want to know the next WECA direct deposit date, call ##4001. The message is updated when we receive the most current information.

Serve and Enter 100% Juice
In this issue:
+ Payment Hotline is ##4001
Serve and Enter 100% Juice
Do We Have Your 2014 Training?
+ Apply for Income Eligibility Any Time
+ Child Re-enrollment Packets Due 10/5/14
New Master Menus
PBS Kids Get Up and Go! Day 

  Remember: Only 100% juice is creditable on the food program. Enter either “100% juice” or the name of the first fruit or vegetable in the list of juice ingredients. Entering just “juice” is not enough information.  
Do We Have Your 2014 Training?

USDA requires providers to complete a training requirement each year. If you haven't received a 2014 certificate of completion for your training, the deadline is 9/30/14. If you misplaced your packet, go to, Food Program, Food Program Forms, Required Documents, to print another, or contact your area coordinator right away.

Send it to the WECA office at 744 Williamson St., Ste. 200, Madison, WI, 53703. Or fax it to 608-442-5306 or email to
Apply for Income Eligibility Any Time

Apply to receive higher tier one rates, or to be paid for eligible children living in your home, at any time. You can also apply to claim eligible foster children living in your home at any time. Tier two providers may distribute income eligibility applications to parents of all children in care, and receive higher rates for the children of qualifying households. Forms are available at, Food Program, Food Program Forms, Financial. Or call ##7237 to request a form.

Child Re-enrollment Packets due 10/5/14

Each year WECA is required to collect updated information for currently-enrolled children. Re-enrollment packets were mailed 8/29/14.
Follow your packet directions exactly so that no children are removed. Otherwise, you must re-enroll dropped children with new enrollment forms and all other supporting documentation. This can affect your reimbursement. 
  • Return your completed packet as soon as possible; it won’t be accepted after 10/5.
  • Parents must update and sign off on child information during SEPTEMBER ONLY.
New Master Menus

Area Coordinator Mary Mahl has created five new Master Menus, based on recipes in your CACFP Menu Planning Guide. Please add these to your current list of Master Menus:
  • 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).
WECA Food Program at Get Up and Go! Day

PBS Kids Get Up and Go! Day was held Friday, August 1, 10:00 am. until noon, and the WECA Food Program was there! In Madison, Cindy Poole, Pam Polenz, and Linda Croxford handed out WECA Food Program information and kid-related goodies. Mary Mahl handled Eau Claire, and Fran Reed and Suzette Warmus appeared at the Appleton event. Thank you all for supporting the WECA Food Program!

 of kids, their parents and caregivers, showed up to see PBS favorites like Miss Rosa, Peg + Cat, and Mr. Steve (Madison); Curious George (La Crosse); Clifford the Big Red Dog (Eau Claire); and The Cat in the Hat (Appleton).

Special appreciation goes to Madison HyVee Store #1 for donating cold bottled water and to Linwood Croxford for his assistance. Thanks also to [2014] Madison's Community Pharmacy for donating sunscreen and electrolyte packs.

Visit Wisconsin Public Television's YouTube channel to watch videos from Get Up and Go! featuring a special introduction by First Lady Michelle Obama. 
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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
744 Williamson St., Suite 200
Madison, WI 53703
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