Articles in this issue:

A Note from Sandra

National School Lunch Week is here! October 15-19, 2012 “School Lunch – What’s Cooking?” is a chance to highlight positive changes that have happened in your school lunch program. Invite parents and community members to come in to see what is happening, highlight new products, and highlight the excellent meals provided by food service staff who care about the children they serve.

Click here to find resources to help carry a positive message about the changes. Brochures to help explain the changes are available on the SD Child and Adult Nutrition Services webpage at the right-hand side.

CANS staff recently provided education for several individuals who will assist us with the continued education on new meal patterns, certification process, and menu certification. Stay tuned for announcements regarding education opportunities in your area.

It will soon be time to begin the process of selecting USDA foods to bring in to the State for the 13-14 school year. Watch for emails from Mark Moen on this topic.

The new computer system, to be called iCAN is moving into User Acceptance Testing in October. Like building a house, it takes longer than we anticipated but is moving forward and we are pleased with that progress. As noted previously, this is the first of a three-phase project and this first phase will involve both School Lunch and The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Foods will be ordered on line, so it is important that the food service director have access to a computer either directly or at a reasonable time and place to accomplish the needed tasks.

Thank you to everyone who provides nutrition and administers the programs in our state.

It’s not what you know when you start. It’s what you learn and put to good use. - Kaplan’s “Cheers”

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Recently Revised School Nutrition Memos

SP 10-2012 Revised 9/18/2012 - Q&A on Final Rule “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs”
This guidance addresses the final rule overall, and includes questions on general and specific aspects of the new meal requirements. This document is updated periodically to issue additional questions and answers as they arise during the implementation of the new meal requirements.

SP 20-2012 Revised 9/11/2012 – Frozen Fruit Products and Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
This memo has recently been revised regarding the use of frozen fruit products. The memo states “to provide State agencies and school food authorities (SFAs) with time to use existing inventories, and to recognize the time needed for industry to reformulate and to pack new frozen fruit products, schools may continue to serve frozen fruit with added sugar in the NSLP for SY 2012-2013 and SY 2013-2014. The exemption applies to products acquired through USDA Foods as well as those purchased commercially and is only for SY 2012-2013 and SY 2013-2014."

SP 31-2012 2nd Revision 7/16/2012 – Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Questions and Answers elated to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program
Establishes the requirements related to certification and the new performance-based reimbursement of 6 cents per lunch.

SP 44-2012 Revision 9/12/2012 – Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Questions and Answers Related to the 6 Cents Certification Tool
The 6 cents certification tool will be used to certify school food authorities to receive the 6 cents performance-based reimbursement.

SP 46-2012 (August 2012) Revised Edition of Eligibility Manual for School Meals
This version replaces the October 2011 version and incorporates clarifications requested by State agencies and FNS regional offices as well as applicable guidance issued since the last revision. In several sections, a few areas have been rearranged and reformatted. Major changes were highlighted throughout the manual.

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October Data Survey Information

The October Data Survey instruction and report forms can be downloaded at the Child and Adult Nutrition Services National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program webpage. Look under Documents along the right hand side for October Survey 2013. Be sure to read the instructions as there are a few changes for the 2012-13 school year. Forms will not be mailed unless a school or agency notifies CANS that they are not able to download the information.

The survey must be returned to CANS by November 10th to assure your October claim for reimbursement will be processed without any delays. Remember information MUST be broken out by elementary grades, middle school grades, and high school grades and should match the attendance centers you listed in Part 1, (F), Site Summary of your annual agreement. Be sure to read the instruction pages if you have serving sites which serve a combination of grades. No one is exempt from completing the October Data Survey.

CANS collects data each October which is a compilation of numbers for the month of October only. The information from this survey is used for many purposes and is required by federal regulation. The information is used for selecting sites to be visited during the school food authority’s review, determines site eligibility for the School Breakfast Program severe need option, Summer Food Service Program, and Daycare Home tier level. It is also used for reporting prices paid by children in our state for breakfast and lunch in the annual report to the American School Food Service Association, for data in response to questions by Congress and USDA, and reporting site eligibility to the National Center for Education Statistics for the core summary data. Several programs use the data including determination of e-rate and need for various title programs and grants.

Submit the October Data Survey to the CANS office by mail, fax (605-773-6846) or email to

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Verification Process Deadlines:

November 15, 2012 is the deadline to complete the annual verification process. Verification packets will not be mailed. Refer to the numbered memo NSLP 51.4 for specific instructions and the Summary Report from 742SD. The 742SD report is due in the CANS office no later than December 15th.

October 1 – Count applications approved for free and reduced meals. Applications that are in “carry-over” status on October 1 are not included in this count.

October 31 – Count students approved for free and reduced meals. Students that are in “carry-over” status on October 31 are not included in this count.

November 15 – Deadline to complete all verification activities.

December 15 – Deadline to complete reporting of Verification results and submit Verification Summary Report 742SD to the CANS office by mail, fax (605-773-6846) or email to

Verification guidance memo # 51.4 and form 742SD are posted on the CANS NSLP webpage either under numbered memos or under the “Documents” tab Verification Guidance Memo & Summary Report.

If you have questions about the October Survey or Verification call the CANS office at (605) 773-3413 and ask for assistance.

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Let’s all strive to provide healthier food options to our youth at extracurricular events

Having a variety of healthy, flavorful and affordable food choices is a great way to insure that our snack foods contribute to our health, and the health of our children. We need to make foods available that contain vitamins, protein and fiber such as fresh produce, lean meats and cheeses and whole grain bread products.

The Healthy Concessions Model Policy and the Munch Code Toolkit is a statewide effort led by the South Dakota Department of Health. The DOH provides free start-up materials and technical assistance for those interested in implementing the Healthy Concessions policy. For more information go to or download the policy book.

To order a kit go to

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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.
Click here to go to the NCCIC Library's website.

Mealtime Memo for Child Care

The September 2012 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 how Young children rely on their teachers, cooks, caregivers, and other child care professionals to provide a safe and healthy environment. Dressing appropriately in the child care kitchen and paying attention to personal hygiene is a key method for keeping everyone safe.

- Face and Hair
- Hands
- Jewelry
- Shoes
- Clothes
- Tips and Strategies for Personal Hygiene
- Key Note to Remember
- Nutrition Highlights

Dressing for the Child Care Kitchen

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Certification of Compliance with Meal Pattern Requirements aka “The Six-Cent Rule”

FNS published an interim rule entitled Certification of Compliance with Meal Pattern Requirements for the NSLP, April 27, 2012. This interim rule establishes the requirements for the certification of School Food Authorities (SFA) for an additional 6 cents per lunch reimbursement.

1. Certification of menus is dependent on the rules in place for both breakfast and lunch at the time of certification. Certification must include both breakfast and lunch if SFA offers breakfast.

2. All schools within the SFA must be in compliance with the meal pattern requirements for the SFA to become certified. This means that if one school is not certified with the new meal pattern, the whole SFA will be ineligible for the additional 6-cent reimbursement until all of the menus are in compliance.

3. It is the SFA’s choice of when to apply. Payment for the six-cent increase can be retroactive to period of certification. If your October menus are submitted in October and certified within 60 days (in December) you will receive the extra six-cent reimbursement for October and November. If menus are certified in March for menus served beginning in February, the reimbursement would only go back to the beginning of February.

4. A process to validate menus will include an onsite review for at least 25% of schools approved for the certification. These replace CRE reviews for the ’12-13 school year. Validation is not required prior to payment of the six cents.

5. Currently there will be 2 options to certify menus. A 3rd option of assisted state certification will not be used at this time due to limited staff resources. Schools that have received the HealthierUS School Challenge award must still go through the certification process, but their menus should be much closer to the requirements.

a. The school may submit one week of menus, the USDA menu worksheet for each grade group, attestation statement, and the USDA simplified nutrient assessment found on the USDA website. OR

b. The school may submit one week of menus, the USDA menu worksheet for each grade group, attestation statement and a menu analysis using a USDA-approved nutrient analysis software program. Approved software programs are listed on the USDA website.

6. USDA expects compliance with the meal pattern requirements and nutrient standards. There is no opting out by foregoing the six-cent increase. The requirement is that schools that do not have their menus certified this year will have a review in the 13-14 school year which will include a complete nutrient analysis and will include both lunch and the new breakfast program meal pattern.

7. The materials developed by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will be utilized in South Dakota. We will not develop separate analysis tools. The tools can be accessed at Look for memo 34-2012.

Click here to see the memo 34-2012.

Note that there is a certification worksheet and menu worksheets for each grade group and meal type. Schools will not complete each of the worksheets on the list above. Schools will select the appropriate worksheets to complete according to their number of days served, grade groups, and meal type.

CANS staff and contractors will provide a series of workshops on menu certification beginning in October. If you are serving menus that meet requirements as of October 1, you can either wait to submit documentation at that time or, if you are interested in sending menus and documentation now, please follow the steps below. When menus are certified, the SFA will receive payment back to the beginning of the month in which menus were submitted for certification.

Read and study:
• the memo 34-2012 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Certification of Compliance with New Meal Patterns - Certification Tools, Specifications, and Prototype Attestation Statement
• the menu worksheet instructions
• the Simplified Nutrient Assessment Instructions
• the instructions for transferring data from the USDA Certification Tools, and
• the Certification Meal Pattern Requirement Specification

• Lunch certification worksheets for the appropriate grade groups and day schedules
• Lunch menu worksheets for the appropriate grade groups and day-schedules
• School Food Authority six cents Attestation
• Breakfast Certification worksheet for the appropriate grade groups and day schedules
• We recommend implementing last year’s breakfast meal pattern for menu certification. Contact CANS if you are committed to adopting the new breakfast requirements.

Check out USDA’s the School Day Just Got Healthier for more information and webcasts on completing the menu certification worksheets. Scroll down to the bottom for webcasts on how to complete the certification worksheet.

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Summer Feeding Fall Policy Release

CANS has been asked by a few of you what the summer programs will look like for next year. We can’t tell yet, but CANS will start seeing some of the information the end of October. Details will be passed along as it comes available.

If you have any interest in the summer programs and for additional information, you may contact Julie McCord at (605) 773-3110 or access the Summer Programs webpage.

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Cafeteria Nutrition Education

Each month in the Nutrition Bulletin, Team Nutrition will be including an activity that can be easily done to encourage students in grades K-5 to consume more fruits and vegetables. The first activity is listed below for October.

Monthly Action Idea for October

Yellow and Orange Fruits and Veggies
Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day.
Help Kids learn “More Matters”

Description: Kids are encouraged to eat a variety of fruits and veggies daily
Grades: K-5
Supplies: Pictures of yellow and orange fruits and vegetables for the bulletin board
List yellow and orange fruits and vegetables found on bulletin
boards or served in the cafeteria
School menus posted in classroom


1. Explain to teachers that you would like their help in increasing the number of fruits and vegetables students consume.

2. Ask teachers to assist with the project by explaining the game of charting the yellow fruits and vegetables they can find on the cafeteria bulletin boards or on the school menus this month.

3. Teachers can develop a simple chart to track the yellow fruits and vegetables. This could be incorporated into their math lessons.

4. Students win the contest by having the most number of yellow and orange fruits and vegetables identified on their chart. Identified fruits or vegetables must be on the bulletin board pictures or served in school lunch in October. Each grade could have a winner.

5. Winners could select a fruit or vegetable they liked to be served during the next month.

Source: Adapted from Action for Healthy Kids “Setting up for Success” and “5 a day, School Food Service Guide.”

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Salad Bar Training Videos Available Now

A salad bar training was completed as a pre-conference class at the School Nutrition Association State Conference in Aberdeen, July 31, 2012. The class was presented by Arlene Chamberlain and was videotaped. Contact Shar Venjohn at or by phone at (605) 773-3413 to check out a copy for viewing.

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Harvest of the Month Mini-Grants Awarded

Members of the following schools and agencies were trained on Harvest of the Month and School Garden Implementation during the summer of 2012. They became eligible for implementation mini-grants from Team Nutrition.

Successful applicants include:
• Armour School
• Black Hills State University Little Jackets Learning Center
• Brooking School
• Custer YMCA
• Enemy Swim Day School
• Groton Area School
• Jones County 21st Century CCLC
• Lower Brule School
• M & M Day Care/ The Jungle Afterschool Program
• Milbank School
• Oahe Child Development Center
• Pierre Indian Learning Center
• Pierre Schools – Buchanan, Jefferson, McKinley, Washington
• Spearfish rec. & Aquatic Center/Spearfish School
• Sturgis School
• Wall Afterschool Program
• Wilmot School

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TEFAP – Manuals and Audits/Reviews

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) USDA foods have been shipped in September and will continue monthly through the June delivery. The manuals for TEFAP agencies have been mailed and your authorized representative should review them and send the feed-back survey to the CANS office to make sure this tool works for your organization. Please share the resource with all that need it.

The TEFAP Eligible Recipient Agency Binder has a section listing the audit or review schedule which begins each October and is completed by March each year. If you check Section 6, your agency is listed and the year your agency is currently scheduled for review. It is always in the agencies best interest to review the forms and the requirements and make any adjustments in advance if needed and not to wait until the South Dakota Department of Public Safety inspector arrives. Inspectors will start their review process in mid-October or early November.

For questions relating to food pantries and soup kitchens on TEFAP, contact Julie McCord, (605) 773-3110.

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1. Put the beans in a pot.
2. Rinse the beans with cold water.
3. Add cold water to beans, remember dry beans will soak up water, so make sure to add enough water.
4. Bring the water to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover and let beans soak in water for about 1 hour.
5. Rinse and soak the beans.


Dry beans should be kept in an air-tight container, in a dry, cool place. They should be good for several months in this condition.

Canned beans may be stored up to 12 months in their original cans.


Use beans in soups, salads, stuffing, casseroles, tacos or burritos or with rice or pasta.

Addone-fourth cup beans to a tossed salad.

Add beans to spaghetti sauce, about one-fourth cup for each cup of sauce.

Add beans to soups, one-fourth cup for each cup of serving.

Add beans as a substitute for meat products. You can substitute beans for fish, chicken, and beef.

Use the following guide to help you cook different types of beans. Once beans are tender, they are done cooking.

Note: When beans are tender, they are finished cooking.


Beans are high in fiber, low in fat, and an excellent source of protein. They are also easy to work with and inexpensive to use.

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a weekly consumption of 3 cups of legumes on a 2000 calorie diet.

Dry Beans--25 cups How much water Cooking Time
Black Beans 9 Quarts 2 hours
Black-eyed Peas 8 Quarts 1/2 hour
Great Northern Beans 8 Quarts 1 to 1 1/2 hours
Kidney Beans 9 Quarts 2 hours
Lentils 8 Quarts (Don't Soak!) 1/2 hour
Lima Beans 8 Quarts 1 hour
Navy Beans 9 Quarts 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Pinto Beans 9 Quarts 2 hours

A handout created by USD Dietetic Intern, Blair Caskey.

“Singing the Praises of Beans,” University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County, Alice Heineman.

American Dry Bean Board,

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First Ever Kid’s State Dinner- Hosted by First Lady Michele Obama

1100 kids from all 54 states and territories submitted entries to the Healthy Lunch Time Challenge. The kids needed to submit a healthy, original, and affordable lunch that contained five food groups (fruits, veggies, protein, and low-fat dairy and whole grains) The judges first had to check each recipe to see that it met the criteria for entering the contest. Then they had the task of preparing each recipe and tasting them. One winner was selected from each of the 54 states and territories.

We are proud to announce the South Dakota winner was Eva Farley, 8 years of age from Brandon, SD. Her winning recipe was “Miss Kitty’s Egg Salad Sensation”. If you would like to try or serve the egg salad in your school it is in the Let’s Move Cook Book posted on the Let’s Move website.

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USDA Guidance regarding Arsenic in Rice/Rice Products

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, Consumer Reports issued an online article and data on arsenic in rice/rice products. The article will summarize the data of 200 samples that find high levels of arsenic in rice and rice products. It recommends certain consumers reduce their consumption of rice/rice cereal. Further, it calls on FDA to set action levels for rice and certain rice products. FDA has seen the Consumer Reports results and concludes they are similar to the results FDA has found in its first set of 200 samples. This initial set of FDA data is ready to be released. FDA is continuing to gather a total of approximately 1,100 samples, which it intends to post by year’s end. FDA is the lead on this issue, although USDA can expect inquiries on issues related to nutrition programs, dietary guidelines, food aid, and research.

Click here to read a full copy the report.


Arsenic is commonly found in the environment. It is released from volcanoes and from erosion of mineral deposits and can be generated from human activities such as burning coal, oil, gasoline and wood, mining and the use of arsenic compounds such as pesticides, herbicides and wood preservatives. Low concentrations of arsenic can be found in air, water, soil and food in inorganic forms, organic forms or a combination of the two (referred to as “total” arsenic).

The FDA has been studying levels of arsenic in food, including rice, through the Total Diet Study since 1991. During that time, the FDA has found no evidence of a change in the levels of arsenic in food nor have they seen a relationship between those who consume higher levels of rice and rice products and the type of illnesses usually associated with arsenic. FDA believes that the available data and scientific literature do not provide an adequate basis for the Agency to encourage consumers to limit their consumption of rice or rice products. Instead, FDA is encouraging consumers to continue to eat a balanced diet including a wide variety of grains, including rice.

USDA has full confidence in the guidance issued by FDA and will continue to support the consumption of U.S.-grown rice as a safe, affordable and important piece of a healthy diet, while encouraging ongoing collection of data and research by our federal partners and the scientific community. Additionally, USDA is committed to working with our federal partners and the scientific community to ensure that we understand the extent to which arsenic is present in our environment and whether any potential long-term health risks can be minimized.


Q: Are we revising our recommendations of how much rice people should eat?

A: No. While USDA makes general recommendations for servings of “whole grains” which encompasses rice and rice products, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service does not make specific recommendations regarding how much rice people should eat for any of its programs. FNS relies on the FDA for information and recommendations regarding the safety of food products, and FDA has determined the available data and scientific literature do not provide an adequate basis for FDA to issue advice to consumers to limit their consumption of rice or rice products.

Q: Is rice safe for children? Will you change the rules for the school lunch program?

A: FNS relies on the FDA for information and recommendation regarding the safety of food products, and the available data and scientific literature do not provide an adequate basis for FDA to issue advice to consumers to limit their consumption of rice or rice products. Instead, FDA is encouraging consumers to continue to eat a balanced diet with a wide variety of grains, including rice.

There is no need to change any rules for the school lunch program. FDA has not advised consumers to limit their consumption of rice or rice products and, instead, is encouraging consumers to continue to eat a balanced diet with a wide variety of grains, including rice. However, School Food Authorities have the flexibility to choose to use many different foods and products to create menus that fit the new updated school meal patterns. If they choose to serve rice, schools are free to choose how much rice to serve on their menu and can adjust their menus at any time in the event that the guidance on this issue changes.

Q: But USDA encourages consumption of brown rice. Does this change in light of the consumer report data showing brown rice has higher levels of arsenic?

A: USDA does not have a specific recommendation for brown rice. Brown rice is just one choice among many whole grain choices. Moreover, FDA has determined the available data and scientific literature do not provide an adequate basis for FDA to issue advice to consumers to limit their consumption of rice or rice products.


Q: Is U.S. food aid safe if it contains rice?

A: For all food and nutrition assistance programs, the U.S. government relies on the FDA for information and recommendation regarding the safety of food products, and the available data and scientific literature do not provide an adequate basis for FDA to issue advice to consumers to limit their consumption of rice or rice products. USDA has full confidence in the guidance issued by FDA and will continue to support the consumption of U.S.-grown rice as a safe, affordable and important piece of a healthy diet, and we will continue working with our federal partners and the scientific community to ensure that we understand the extent to which arsenic is present in our environment and whether any potential long-term health risks can be minimized.


Private and public sector scientists have been interested in the relationship between arsenic and its impact on rice for more than a century. USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has collaborated with other researchers to better understand the interrelationship of genetic variability, cultural management practices, soil chemistry, straighthead, and arsenic accumulation in rice. The research indicates, for example, that there is a genetic component to how much arsenic a rice plant will accumulate. USDA scientists have also looked at the impact on arsenic levels in rice when the fields are left flooded versus being drained at certain stages in the rice plant’s growth. And USDA scientists have showed that newer varieties of U.S. rice accumulated significantly less arsenic than previously used cultivars.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sole authority for regulating the use of pesticides in the United States. EPA’s oversight of pesticide and fertilizer use in the United States is governed by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (PDF) and from provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).

Regulation of fertilizer composition is the responsibility of the states because soil conditions vary dramatically from state to state across the country.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) does not regulate pesticides or fertilizers. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collects, analyzes, and disseminates Agricultural Chemical Usage (ACU) data to meet regulatory, business, and other informational needs.

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Useful Links

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 Newsletter

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)
Keep abreast of what is happening in the State Association by visiting the SNASD website and newsletter

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
Working on Wellness Newsletter

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