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A Note from Sandra

“Back in our routine” doesn’t mean we have to always do things the same way! The routine might be feeding children – but how can we change that up? What is being done to give them new foods to taste?

What is being done to incorporate more whole grain-rich products? USDA’s definition of whole-grain-rich is 51%. Some ideas are whole-grain or whole-grain rich pasta, tortillas, pancakes, bread, muffins, cereals, and biscuits to name a few. Watch the labels to see if it is just “made with whole grain” or if it actually is at least 51% whole grain. Sometimes it is hard to tell the whole grain-rich bread from other bread as companies have worked with micro grinding wheat, white wheat, and better formulations. There are even recipes and products that are whole grain cookies! Brown rice and wild rice are also good choices. It’s not too late to enter the Rice Bowl contest mentioned in last month’s bulletin.

For schools, this month the verification process needs to be started and the October site survey information is submitted at the end of the month with the October claim for reimbursement.

We are pleased to announce that the state received a Team Nutrition & Training Grant. There are many events and projects planned. Stay tuned for announcements as we roll out the project. South Dakota’s Department of Health also received a Community Transformation Grant. The CANS group works closely with Department of Health and DOE’s Coordinated School Health to supplement one another’s activities to reach as many as we can. There will be projects and activities coming from that grant, too.

We were sad to see Lynette leave our office, and we wish her well in her new position. The hiring process for her replacement has started. Please contact Mark if you have any questions about food distribution in the schools.

Reviews will be starting before too long. Reviews for the Child & Adult Care Food Program are unannounced, as required. Other reviews are generally announced, though occasionally an unannounced review may occur. If you do your best to operate your program in accordance with the requirements on a daily basis, the review then becomes an affirmation of your daily work.

Some opportunities to build promotions around in October include Native American Day, fall, harvest, and Halloween. Harvesting local or SD crops can be a good reason to taste test some new items grown close to home.

Thank you for what you do to make sure South Dakotans are fed – whether it is preparation, serving, distribution, delivery, clean-up, or paperwork – each job is important.

Each day is a gift. Receive it with thankfulness, unwrap it with anticipation, and relish it with joy!

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SFSP Story & Photo Contest Finalists and SFSP Policy Updates

South Dakota had two finalists in the SFSP “Food, Fun and Sun!” story and photo contest.

There were four categories including creative program ideas that are “outside the box”; older children programs addressing ages 12-18; successful rural programs; and volunteers being used to support a successful program. Finalist’s entries are available at

South Dakota had two finalists. In the rural category American Indian Youth Running Strong serves the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian reservation in 5 locations and they submitted an entry. In the volunteers category Youth and Family Services of Rapid City allows the Girls Inc. participants the opportunity to serve as volunteers. The winners will be announced following the close of the public voting on September 23, 2011, great job finalists!

Policy memorandums for the Summer Food Service Program have been sent periodically throughout the summer to those participating. For an update on all the policy changes check regarding the SFSP memos.

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Building 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 September 2011 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:

• Diet and Cavity Connection
• Oral Hygiene Habits
• Fluoride Facts
• Dental Care during Infancy
• Dental Care for ages 1 to 2
• Dental Care for ages 2 to 5

Early Dental Care Is Essential

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program- Kick-Off Events

Knollwood Approximately $10,850 in Team Nutrition grants were given to about 17 elementary schools on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to provide funding for a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Kick-off event. A parent night with nutrition education and physical activity were a requirement of the FFVP back to school kick-off event. Sturgis Elementary, South Park Elementary (Rapid City) and Knollwood Elementary (Rapid City) were three (3) of several schools that received the funding and participated in the highly attended FFVP kick-off events.

Knollwood Students and their families from Sturgis Elementary partook in a fast paced obstacle course including army crawling up a hill, climbing through a spider web and racing to the finish line. At the exit of the fun-filled course, families enjoyed a refreshing array of fresh fruit and vegetables. Students were also involved in serving and encouraging others to try the different fresh fruits and vegetables.

Seven elementary schools in Rapid City also received the funding. Knollwood Elementary and South Park Elementary took their events outside so students and their families were able to enjoy the nice weather. Knollwood students took turns Frisbee golfing with staff members of the school. After participating, children were able to take home a Frisbee to enjoy with their families to encourage family activity. Nutrition education where students learned about healthy snack choices also intrigued students. Delicious fresh fruit and vegetable boats were tasted by all students and parents alike.

With the largest playground in Rapid City, South Park students and families also participated in an exciting obstacle course—sprinting, hula hooping, skipping, tube crawling, and jump roping were skills students had to complete before racing to the finish line to receive a boomerang. Bananas, apples, and oranges were among the choices students and their families could choose from following their activity.

Ultimately, healthy environments for families that incorporated nutrition education, healthy fresh fruits and vegetables and physical activity were encouraged and implemented during the FFVP kick-off events—fun was had by all!

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USDA Food Distribution Update

Areas of concern for October:

1. Short turn around for ordering
     a. Orders will not go out until October 3.
     b. Orders are due before October 12.
     c. October 10th is a holiday for many schools.
     d. No deliveries on October 10th – deliveries will be adjusted to still be in this week.

2. October 4th we will have an NOI training in Huron at the Crossroads Convention Center.

3. Due to the storm and resulting flooding on the East Coast, X420B WG Ravioli will not be available for October delivery. This item has been removed from your order.

4. Lynette is no longer working with us. We are deeply saddened, but very happy for her. She has been an invaluable asset for the Food Distribution program. In her absence, until a replacement can found, please address concerns to Mark via email:

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CRE Program Reviews

Schools and agencies that are on the 2011-12 program review (CRE) schedule are listed on the combined application cover letter on the CANS NSLP website. Be sure to check the list. The Department of Public Safety inspectors will receive their assigned program review packets shortly for this year’s review cycle. CRE program reviews will begin in the month of November with a goal of all CRE reviews being completed by the end of March 2012. The inspector assigned to your school or agency will contact you approximately 1-2 weeks prior to their arrival to set up a review date and establish which month’s records will be reviewed.

CRE preparation materials have been posted on the CANS NSLP webpage. Look for the new heading called “Program Reviews” under “Documents”.

If you are nervous about your upcoming CRE and would like to begin prepping, the Florida DOE website has some informational videos posted at

Call us at the CANS office if you have questions, (605) 773-3413.

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Are You Planning To Apply For The HealthierUS School Challenge This Coming School Year?

If you are thinking about planning to apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) this coming fall or school year Mary Kirk and Jean Schuurmans from the Child & Adult Nutrition Services would be happy to pre-review your application information. We strongly recommend that you submit your planned menus approximately one month prior to application whether it be this fall or another month in this school year for us to review the menus, production records, recipes/recipe analysis worksheets, etc to ensure that you will meet the requirements. This will take a fair amount of time on both your part and our part. We want you to be successful and get the award to be counted as one of our winning Challenge award schools. Don’t forget there are monetary awards attached to receiving these awards that will be directly deposited into your food service account.

In addition to the menus, production records, recipes/recipe analysis worksheets you will also want to submit the Nutrition Education and Physical Activity information part of the application for us to review and ensure that these areas will meet requirements as well.

Be sure to check out the HUSSC web page for more details and information at Remember that CANS also has several copies of the HUSSC training held at the State SD School Nutrition Association Conference in Huron that are ready to be checked out. So you can actually get this training on the DVDs at your own convenience.

We have recently found out that once you have received an award for a specific school, you must wait one year before applying for the next level for that particular school. If you’re thinking of meeting the Challenge this school year, please let Mary or Jean know so that we can help you in any way we can so you can receive recognition from USDA and your community.

Jean Schuurmans (605)773-6026 or Mary Kirk (605)773-4718.

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Team Nutrition Training Grant Funded

States had the opportunity to apply for two USDA grants; competitive and/or non-competitive grants. Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) has received a two year Team Nutrition Training Grant (2011-2013) for $324,595. CANS Team Nutrition Program was awarded $289,628 competitive funds and $34,595 non-competitive grant funds.

Team Nutrition competitive funds will promote nutrition education to students, provide resources to parents, and technical assistance and training for school food service providers and communities participating in the National School Lunch Program and Child and Adult Care Food Programs. Activities will include mini grants, webinars, workshops, and special challenges. Information on activities will be announced on the SD Team Nutrition Website and in the Team Nutrition newsletter.

The non-competitive funds will support states in their efforts to significantly increase the number of schools applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge. Schools interested in applying for the challenge will receive technical assistance from CANS in reviewing their application for accuracy and may be eligible for financial assistance with costs incurred to complete the application. Schools please check with CANS for assistance before beginning your application.

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Questions often come in asking if the local backpack program can have a list of students eligible for meal benefits so they can get backpacks. This provides guidance from USDA and tips that some schools are using.

The backpack program, while a very worthy program, cannot have a list of students eligible for free/reduced price meals. That could overtly identify students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals. The backpack program is not a USDA food program; therefore, the administrators are not entitled to receive eligibility information as can be shared between schools or schools and childcare agencies who are participating in a USDA child nutrition program.

USDA suggested that in the absence of the ability to release free/reduced information to the administrators of the backpack program, the school could consider providing a list of needy, “at risk”, or similar type designated students that school officials have identified as those that would greatly benefit from the backpack program. This list would, however, not be based on free/reduced price eligibility, but rather on need identified from multiple factors (such as family medical bills, other extenuating or mitigating circumstances).

USDA has stressed that no one is to refer to the recipients of the backpack program or any related need based program as “kids on free lunch”, whether true or not. No mention or allusion to meal benefit eligibility for USDA Programs is to be released or disseminated in connection with these types of programs.

Many good ideas are out there. Some that we have heard of:
• One district provides to the group preparing the backpacks the number of backpacks that are needed. The local service group puts them together and delivers them to the school – the service group has no idea of which kids are getting them, nor do they want to know. The school distributes the backpacks to the students they have identified as “at risk”.

• Some districts send letters home to parents to ask if they would like their students to receive the backpacks.

• Several have quit using actual backpacks. The food is packed in recycled plastic bags. A person from school then puts it in the kids’ personal backpack. No more worry about getting the backpacks back or cleaning them before they go to a home. Be considerate of little children, and how heavy the backpack might get to be!

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Check out the useful links below to keep updated on healthy practices in your child nutrition programs. Consider bookmarking them on your computer for easier access.

Child & Adult Nutrition Services
Nutrition Bulletin
Team Nutrition

USDA – check this site out for the most up-to-date information on program requirements
Guidance & Resources

Coordinated School Health – Working partnership between the SD Departments of Education and Health to coordinate programming to improve the health and educational outcomes of young people.
News Infused e-newsletter

School Nutrition Association of SD (SNASD)

Fuel Up to Play 60 – Check out this website for resources on healthy eating and physical activity ideas promoting school wellness along with opportunities for obtaining monies for your program. Several contests starting now.
E-Newsletter - check out this website for information on living healthy

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