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A Note from Sandra

In some past bulletins I have had a musical note for the day and related it to certain things going on. Today I feel like we need the whole score to a musical! Wow – what a busy time for Child Nutrition Programs!

• Child Nutrition Reauthorization passed
• Proposed revised school meal patterns released
• New Dietary Guidelines released
• Summer feeding plans are underway and search for sponsors is on
• Annual Child & Adult Care Food Program training plans are underway
• Schools urged to apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge

Regarding reauthorization, we have seen a few implementing policies that affect the Child & Adult Care Food Program but nothing else yet. We have forwarded those policies to the CACFP agencies and will forward any others that we receive. When we receive new policies we will put the announcement on our website, send an email to authorized representatives and food service personnel or claims representatives, as appropriate, and will include it in the Nutrition Bulletin. There is a meeting in early March for State Agency directors in which the implementation plan will be released.

The new meal patterns do not affect Child & Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program at this time.

For the new meal pattern, the link has been sent to all affected personnel, articles have been and will be in the Bulletin, and it will be on the CANS website. Expect an announcement very soon about location of a previously recorded USDA webinar about the new meal patterns, a survey to be completed, and an upcoming Live Meeting with CANS personnel to try to address your questions or at least gather questions you might have so we can seek answers. Comments are due to USDA by mid-April. It is expected that they will go into effect in the 2012-13 school year.

Look elsewhere in the Bulletin for information on the new Dietary Guidelines and the new reimbursement rates for Summer Food Service Program.

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New SFSP 2011 Rates Released

    Rural of Self-prep   All Others
  Breakfast   $1.8800   $1.8450
  Lunch/Supper   $3.2925   $3.2375
  Supplement   $0.7750   $0.7575
Click here to view the announcement from the Federal Register.

During the school year, many children received free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. What happens when school lets out? Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set a cycle of poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.

The income guidelines for the Summer Food Service Program are the same as the reduced price guidelines in the National School Lunch Program or Child and Adult Care Food Program. Any child that is eligible for a free or reduced price lunch in those programs is eligible for free meals in the SFSP. Applications for meal benefits will be similar to the school applications in order to avoid confusion.

Schools can provide meals for children in the summer in three ways.
View the SFSP/NSLP-Seamless Comparison Chart.

1. Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
Schools that have a 50 percent free or reduced price eligible site may offer meals at no charge to all area children through age 18. Other agencies may offer the program at a site within the eligible site area. SFSP has a separate agreement and the rates of reimbursement are higher. There are two trainings offered Administrative and Operational to assist you in successfully sponsoring a SFSP site.

2. Summer school
Schools that offer summer school and want to provide meals only to children enrolled in summer school may extend their current Child Nutrition Program agreement with Child & Adult Nutrition Services. The school would receive reimbursement for meals served to children enrolled in summer school at the same rate as the school year.

3. Seamless Summer
Schools that have an eligible site may offer meals at no charge to all area children through age 18. The school generally follows the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program regulations. There is a short amendment to the current agreement. The school receives the free rate of reimbursement for meals served to children.

Administrators must have annual training and no sponsor is allowed to operate unless they have received training.

Prior successful sponsor with continuing personnel for SFSP, you will need to take part in the Live Meeting call on March 9, 2011, from 3-5 CT or by listening to the recorded meeting. Staff from prior successful sites may attend the workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Pierre, on March 23, 2011.

Attendance at an administrative workshop is required for new sponsors and new administrative personnel and no sponsor is allowed to operate unless they have attended one. The person(s), who attend should be the person who works directly with the administration of the program.

New sponsors, new administrative staff, or major deficiencies were identified in the operation of the 2010 SFSP; a representative must attend the Administrative workshop in Pierre, on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. The full-day workshop will be held at the MacKay Building (former State Library) in Pierre from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CST).

Operational workshops are for training the personnel responsible for meal preparation and service, sanitation, meal supervision, and the meal counts. While attendance is not mandatory, sponsors are strongly encouraged to have their personnel selected so that they can attend one of these workshops. If personnel do not attend state agency conducted operational workshops, all training will be the responsibility of the sponsor. The Operational workshops will be held in May. The dates, locations, etc., will be announced at the administrative workshop or Live Meeting call, sign up on response card for location you desire.

Prior successful sponsor with continuing personnel for NSLP – Seamless Summer Option live meeting on March 8, 2011, from 2:30–4:30 p.m. (CST).

Experienced school sponsors may provide summer meals through the Seamless Summer Option. Under this Seamless Summer Option, most of the SFSP regulations at 7 CFR 225 are waived. The sponsors that participate in this manner operate primarily under National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The agreement is very short but the reimbursement rate is the same as the free SBP and NSLP rates.

The reimbursement method changed in Summer 2008 to a straight meals times rate instead of the requirement to prove costs to receive the lesser of year-to-date meals times rates. New 2011 rates are expected to be released this Spring.

All agreements are due to Child and Adult Nutrition Services by April 8, 2011. Agreements must be approved and training of operational staff must take place before the SFSP begins. Claims for reimbursement will not be processed until Child and Adult Nutrition Services has received documentation of training for site personnel.

For additional information, contact Julie McCord at (605) 773-3110.

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SD Child Nutrition Institute June 2011

The 47th annual South Dakota Child Nutrition Institute will be held June 19-June 24, 2011 in Sioux Falls at the Augustana College campus.
Hard copy newsletters will arrive in your school mailbox the week of February 7.

• Registration will begin on February 14, 2011
• Online registration available
• All tracks have a size limit and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis
• All tracks are 5-day courses and qualify for 30 continuing education credits from the School Nutrition Association

Changes this year:
Track 1 students will have the option of taking Serving It Safe if they are already ServSafe certified
Track 3 will have only one section and be cooking the noon meal
Track 5 is open to anyone interested in helping create or sustain a healthy school environment. Schools or agencies registering for this class must send a team of two people. Any combination of staff is acceptable. Your team can consist of any of the following staff: child nutrition staff, school nurse, PE teacher, Health teacher, Life Skills teacher, principal, assistant principal, or a counselor. This list is not limited…schools may send any combination of interested persons, as long as it does so in pairs.
Track 6 will be open to all foodservice personnel…whether you have attended Institute before or not. Track 6 is designed to cover all of today’s “hot” topics in child nutrition
• Class size is limited • Preference will be given to foodservice directors, kitchen managers, and head cooks

Contact Janelle Peterson at (605) 773-2977 with any questions.

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National School Breakfast Week - March 7-11, 2011

Child and Adult Nutrition Services encourages schools to celebrate March as National Nutrition Month by promoting National School Breakfast week March 7-11. This year’s theme is “School Breakfast Detectives: The Search for Super Energy”. The School Nutrition Association’s website has this year’s promotion material available.

The School Breakfast Detectives campaign allows students to “clue into” the importance of school breakfast and school food service staff can demonstrate how eating breakfast prepares them for a busy day at school. The fun private-eye themed campaign features a design contest and a number of nutrition puzzles to encourage kids to become school breakfast detectives on their own! Be sure to click on all the links provided by the School Nutrition Association to maximize the fun for school breakfast week and the month of nutrition.

The goals of National School Breakfast Week are to share several important messages with students, parents, and the media.
• School breakfast meals meets federal dietary guidelines
• Is the perfect way to start the school day with school friends
• There is an established link between eating breakfast and academic success
• Eating a nutritious breakfast can help kids maintain a healthy weight in today’s climate of heightened awareness around childhood obesity

March is also an excellent time for schools and agencies to consider expanding your current breakfast participation by doing outreach to your faculty and community to work together to provide and promote breakfast to families. If you don’t have a breakfast program be sure to contact Marlyce Micklos, Child Nutrition Program Specialist, for more information at (605) 773-3610.

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CANS Awarded Direct Certification Planning Grant

Child & Adult Nutrition Services received word from USDA that it has been awarded a planning grant for exploring concerns and possibilities for electronic direct certification. One of the outcomes is that CANS will write an application for an implementation Direct Certification Grant. The State Agency will be working with a contractor to carry out the grant.

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Coming soon: WeCAN! Training

The WeCAN! program from the National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute, is a 15 hour workshop for a 3-5 member teams on July 12-13 in Chamberlain. Schools, after school programs, and child feeding agencies can receive extensive free curriculum and training to create healthier environments.

All expenses will be paid for up to 5 team members plus your school or agency will receive free four different curricula—S.M.A.R.T.(Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television), Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active, Catch Kids Club, and SPARKS. (Community Team Makeup: School Representatives, Parent, Community Agency Representative.)

At the workshop, teams will have the opportunity to write for an additional $2,000 grant to evaluate their site’s nutrition environment and make changes to create a healthier nutrition and physical activity environment in their community. Participating teams must sponsor two activities in the next year as proof of implementation. Mini grant funds can be used to conduct a training for other staff members, plan curriculum implementation using stipends for summer hours, assess the nutrition environment and plan changes.

Look for more information on applying for the We Can! Training and implementation mini grants on Team Nutrition web page March 1. Click here for more information on We Can!

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Food Distribution Newsletter

NOI Date to remember - May 27, 2011 - To be included in the 2011–12 Net off Invoicing (NOI) program your FINAL Numbers and award winning distributor information must be received on or before May 27, 2011.

Order blank items: We are working to eliminate items at the warehouse on the March order blank. If you see “Very Ltd Qty” it means there may be only 10 cases on hand but all cases of the product will need to be removed from the warehouse.

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CACFPBuilding for the Future with the CACFP

The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) Library
The NCCIC Library collection contains over 20,000 summaries and availability information for published documents of interest to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers and other members of the child care community. Links to full-text publications about child care and school-age issues are provided when available. If you go to their library search page you can search their library resources whenever you would like. The NCCIC Library can be found at:

Mealtime Memo for Child Care
The 2011-12 issue of Mealtime Memo for Child Care, the monthly newsletter that includes menus, recipes, and activities related to child care, is now online. In this issue of Mealtime Memo you will find information on dealing with picky eaters, including a variety of information on the environment, food behaviors, strategies to success, things to avoid, key things to remember, and some picky eater games.

The Picky Eater

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USDA and HHS Announce New Dietary Guidelines to Help Americans Make Healthier Food Choices and Confront Obesity Epidemic

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government's evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.

The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans focus on balancing calories with physical activity, and encourage Americans to consume more healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood, and to consume less sodium, saturated and transfats, added sugars, and refined grains.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include 23 Key Recommendations for the general population and six additional Key Recommendations for specific population groups, such as women who are pregnant. Key Recommendations are the most important messages within the Guidelines in terms of their implications for improving public health. The recommendations are intended as an integrated set of advice to achieve an overall healthy eating pattern. To get the full benefit, all Americans should carry out the Dietary Guidelines recommendations in their entirety.

More consumer-friendly advice and tools, including a next generation Food Pyramid, will be released by USDA and HHS in the coming months.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines is available at For more information on dietary guidelines, see and

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP Civil Rights Training

Pantries and food banks received the TEFAP Civil Rights Training information in the January mailing. The trainings are required annually and found on the CANS web page. Complete the test associated with the selected training and keep the completed test, signed and dated by the staff member or volunteer in your agency civil rights records.

TEFAP Loss Claims

If you have a claim you need to file for a loss due to theft, spoilage, or some other reason; please complete the SD Commodity Loss form.

Pantries and food banks received the Policy Memo FD 107 on storage and management earlier this year regarding storage of USDA foods or commodities. You are receiving the FNS 410 – 1 Instruction on loss claims procedures our office will now be following. Please know this is the procedures we are required to follow in the event of a loss.

Click here for information on the South Dakota Emergency Food Assistance Program, or current locations that are on the program.

Contact Julie McCord at (605) 773-3110 for more information.

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Policy Updates


SP 13-2011 - Letter Method for Direct Certification. This memo specified that the letter method for direct certification is no longer acceptable. CANS has confirmed with our regional office that the current method can continue to be used because we are working to move toward an electronic direct certification system; however, our current letter method cannot be a permanent solution.
SP 14-2011 - Prototype Checklists for School Food Authorities (SFAs) for Conducting Annual On-site Reviews. This is a prototype checklist from USDA to conduct the review. CANS has had a prototype checklist on the website for many years. Joint memo for NSLP, CACFP, & SFSP
SP 17-2011, CACFP 08-2011, SFSP 05-2011 - Categorical Eligibility of Foster Children. This memo changes the way foster children are handled in all programs. The school or center should contact their local Social Services office to establish a method to directly certify the children. It is retroactive to October 1. It also says that foster children are now to be counted as part of the family they reside with and any income they earn is included.

Joint memo for NSLP & SFSP
SFSP 04-2011, SP 15-2011 - Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Outreach to Households on the Availability of Summer Food Service Program Meals. Schools are required to cooperate with local agencies which have been approved to operate Summer Food Service Program to provide outreach to families. According to the memo, acceptable activities may include developing or disseminating printed or electronic materials to families of school children prior to the end of the school year, which provide information on the availability and location of SFSP meals.

Joint memo for SFSP & CACFP
CACFP 07-2011, SFSP 03-2011 - Permanent Agreements in the Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. This policy implements reauthorization and modifies requirements for permanent agreements in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). It should be noted that an agreement is different than an application. The agreement is generally the narrative and the application is the information provided to the State Agency for operation of a program at a particular agency.

SFSP 02-2011 - Eligibility Requirements and Site Limits for Private Nonprofit Organizations in the Summer Food Service Program. This policy implements reauthorization and modifies Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) eligibility requirements for private nonprofit organizations (PNO). Effective October 1, 2010, PNOs are eligible to participate in the SFSP according to the same terms and conditions as other service institutions. As a result, all sponsors may now be approved to operate a maximum of 200 sites and serve a maximum total average daily attendance of 50,000 children as permitted by 7 CFR 225.6(b)(6)(i).

Both memos relate to food service management companies and both were issued January 25, 2011. The titles are self-explanatory for the contents:
FD-110 - Clarification in Crediting for, and Use of, Donated Foods in Contracts with Food Service Management Companies--First and Final Contract Years
FD-080 - Guidance in Crediting for, and Use of, Donated Foods in Contracts with Food Service Management Companies

Read the policies in detail at

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Summer Nutrition Class - For Renewal Credit or CEU’s

South Dakota State University distance education will offer a three credit course in nutrition basics for teachers, foodservice staff, administrators, after school program staff, and others who teach nutrition. This is a basic human nutrition class that covers topics of the food groups, how to eat healthy, food safety and labeling, and nutrition for different life stages. Participants will study recommendations for the food groups, current trends in eating patterns, government regulations that apply to foods, and how nutritional status and needs change during different life events. There will be opportunities to apply learning in class.

Cost of the course is $120 for graduate or undergraduate credit or $5 for 16 Continuing Educations Units. The course begins online May 31, 2011 and can be completed within one month; however, it will remain open for completion until August 5, 2011 to accommodate summer schedules.

Registration will open March 24 through the Distance Education website. A syllabus and an informational flyer is available to download from the SD Team Nutrition web page.

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Simple Steps to Entice Students to Eat Healthy Foods

Brian Wansink, the author of Mindless Eating, received a USDA grant to research ways to encourage healthy eating in the lunchroom. Mr. Wansink works in behavioral economics and says, “The ideal lunchroom isn’t one that eliminates the cookies. The ideal lunchroom is the one that gets children to choose an apple instead of a cookie, but to think it is their own choice.”

Mr. Wansink’s research team from Cornell University observed these simple ideas that work surprisingly well in school lunchrooms and are free or low cost:

1. The purchase of nutritious foods such as broccoli increased by 10-15 percent when placed at the beginning of the lunch line rather than the middle.

2. Sales increased by 27 percent when healthy foods were labeled more descriptively, such as “creamy corn” rather than “corn”.

3. Students were much more likely to eat their vegetables when given a choice between carrots and celery rather than being forced to take carrots.

4. Sales of ice cream dropped significantly when it was kept out of sight in a freezer with an opaque top.

5. Salad sales nearly tripled when the salad bar was pulled away from the wall and put in front of the checkout.

6. Salad sales increased by a third when cafeteria workers asked children, “Do you want a salad?”

7. Students without food trays ate 21 percent less salad than those with food trays, (but the presence or absence of trays had no impact on ice cream consumption).

8. The average cereal serving size dropped by 24 percent when bowls went from 18 ounces to 14 ounces.

9. Students bought more white milk when the chocolate milk was placed behind the white milk.

10. Fruit sales more than doubled when apples and oranges were placed in fruit bowls, rather than stainless steel pans.

11. Students bought 55 percent fewer desserts and 71 percent more fruit when they were forbidden to use lunch tickets for cookies.

12. Sales of healthy sandwiches doubled when a quick-moving “healthy express” checkout line was designated for students who were not buying chips or desserts.

Reprinted with permission from the North Dakota Directions Newsletter January 2011

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Let’s Party Resource

The West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition developed a resource featuring school parties which exemplify a healthy nutrition environment. This resource reflects newly adopted state nutrition policies based on the Institute of Medicine’s resource Standards for Foods in Schools and the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Centered on specific party themes, the publication provides classroom recipes, games and active learning. In addition to party ideas, the publication offers a practical guide to parents and school staff for evaluating foods that may be sold, brought to school or served as snacks. Schools and families will be informed and motivated to model healthy eating and physical activity at school and home.

Click here for the online order form. The books are sold for $5.00. Shipping cost will be calculated for out of state mailing on an individual basis. Contact Teresa Counts at (304)372-7876 for out of state mailing costs. Back to Top

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