Articles in this issue:

A Note from Sandra

As the calendar year closes and we are mid-year through the school year, it is time to take stock of what all you have accomplished in the past year. There may be days when you feel that you are floundering – but do assess where you were a year ago.

• Menus from 11 school food authorities were certified. We now have 184 with more submitted.
• We were talking about the breakfast program changes – now you have utilized them for half a year.
• We were waiting for changes to the CACFP meal patterns. We are still waiting.
• We were making plans for Summer Food Service. The number of agencies offering SFSP and then number of meals served did increase from the prior year. It is time to make those plans again to offer meals to children in your community.

Child & Adult Nutrition Services did not receive a Team Nutrition & Training Grant in FY 2014. That means we will not be able to give out mini-grants for projects and training. We will apply again in the spring. There are occasional grants directly from USDA to local agencies. Be sure to look for those opportunities and apply. Nothing ventured/nothing gained!

Thanks for all you do to provide healthy foods and meals to children and families in South Dakota. Best wishes for a happy holiday season. While it is too cold to stop and smell the roses, we can stop and take in the scents of the holidays! Do take some time to enjoy them.

Back to Top

FRAUD ALERT! Producers should be aware of fraudulent letter circulating

SD CANS has received a fraud alert from USDA. The message is as follows:

USDA has been made aware that there is a fraudulent letter circulating to producers and/or contractors. The signature line in these letters reads “Frank Rutenberg” and the sender claims to be a USDA employee seeking information about the recipient.

These letters are a fraud, the sender is fictitious and recipients should NOT respond to these letters.

Should you receive one of these fraudulent letters, please notify your local Farm Service Agency or a USDA Service Center representative.

Please share this information with your fellow farmers and ranchers.

Back to Top

Verification Due to CANS Office by December 15

The deadline to complete reporting of Verification results and submit the Verification Collection Report is Dec. 15, 2013. The report can be submitted by mail, fax (605-773-6846) or email to

The Verification guidance memo and reporting form are posted on the CANS NSLP webpage as numbered memo 51.5

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

Back to Top

Food Service Management Company Contracts

If it is time for your agency to rebid or if you are considering a food service management company, it is time to start the process. First of all, notify CANS if you are considering this and obtain information on what the steps are. Review why you are considering this – do an assessment of what a company can provide for you that a self-operation cannot do. The CANS web page currently has information on the process. The RPF/contract prototype will be updated by January 1 based on new information obtained at a national meeting in mid-December.

Back to Top

Revenue from Nonprogram Foods

One of the provisions in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization – Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010established requirements for school food authorities (SFAs) for revenue from foods sold outside of reimbursable meals when those foods are purchased with school food service account funds.

The USDA Policy Memo 30-2011provides background, Questions and Answers, and an Excel-based tool with user instructions that SFAs may use to determine the amount of revenue from nonprogram foods required to comply. A tool for the calculation can be found at The entire memo can be found at

The National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) has a resource on nonprogram food pricing and school food service account management at Please note however that SFAs should ensure that they comply with the requirements of section 206 when using any outside resource.

Some of the Q&As from the memo are:

What is the purpose of the revenue from nonprogram foods provisions?
To ensure that revenues from the sales of nonprogram foods generate at least the same proportion of SFA revenues as they contribute to SFA food costs.

What is considered a nonprogram food?
For the purposes of this provision, a nonprogram food is a food (including beverages) that is sold in a participating school other than a reimbursable meal and is purchased using funds from the school food service account of the school.

What is considered revenue?
Revenue is all money that is provided to the nonprofit school food service account.

How does a SFA determine the “cost to obtain” a nonprogram food?
The cost to obtain a nonprogram food includes only the cost of the food. If a nonprogram food were made from scratch, the SFA would determine the price of ingredients to calculate the food cost. The SFA should not include labor or other costs in this calculation. This same principle applies to calculating program food costs for the purpose of this provision.

How does a SFA determine whether it complies with the Revenue from Nonprogram Foods Sold in Schools provision?
The SFA would determine its total food cost and the proportion of that total that is nonprogram food. The SFA would then calculate the share of total revenue generated from nonprogram food sales over the same period. If the second figure is at least as great as the first figure, then the SFA is generating sufficient revenue from nonprogram food sales. The memo provides an example.

Can an SFA price some nonprogram foods lower than their actual cost?
Yes, as long as the total revenue generated from all nonprogram food sales meets the proportional requirement described above

What period of time should be included in the calculations?
Generally, the SFA uses the revenue and costs for a school year to calculate revenue targets.

Back to Top

NSLP Food Distribution (FD)

Value of Commodities Shipped:
• Please look at the November 2013 Nutrition Bulletin for instructions.

Overages, Shortages, and Damage Notifications:
• As schools are getting more familiar with the iCAN Food Distribution website and the timing requirements for our processes, we will only send one reminder notification about completing your OS&D report. This will be sent on the first day of your delivery week.
• The OS&D report needs to be completed as soon as possible after you and your driver have agreed on your actual delivery. The school’s submission window closes 5 days after the delivery.
• All schools need to complete the OS&D report for each delivery they receive.
• If you do not complete the report, the system will close the report at midnight of the Wednesday following your delivery. If you were short on product and did not complete the reporting, we have no option to make corrections and your school will pay for the product you did not receive.

How to Print the Order you placed:
• Most of the calls and concerns this last month have been with either not having the correct number of items delivered versus the order that was printed following placing an order.
• With this issue, schools have printed from the actual order placement view and only printed the first online page (three hard copy pages), there are three online pages. You would need to print each online page to have the full order form. There are actually eight or nine pages if you print from this view. Not the desired use of our resources (save the trees, please).
• Once you have submitted your order, follow Chapter 6, Order Inquiry, page 25. This will give you the actual items you had requested.
• Another way is to go to Chapter 3 Contract Entitlement page 11 in the iCAN manual. Under step 6, you would click on the blue amount listed under Entitlement Used. Then under “Description” choose which order number you would like to view (example: NONALLOC1111).

Contact the CANS Office with questions.

Back to Top

New Paid Lunch Equity calculations recently released

Each year SFAs must review their paid lunch revenue to assure compliance with the paid lunch equity requirement, also known as PLE. When the SFA’s average paid lunch price is less than the difference between the current free and paid Federal reimbursement rates, the SFA would be noncompliant and therefore must determine how they will meet the requirement. SFAs have the option of increasing their average paid lunch price or providing funds from non-Federal sources.

For SY 2014-2015, SFAs which, on average, charged less than $2.65 for paid lunches in SY 2013-2014 are required to increase their average price or provide additional non-Federal funds to the non-profit school food service account.

An updated PLE tool will be issued soon by the Food and Nutrition Services to help calculate the required amount of non-Federal funds or the amount of paid lunch increase. You can find more details about the PLE requirements and calculations used in the tool in memo SP1-2014.

After the new tool is released, we will be hosting a live webinar to help schools walk through completing the tool properly. The webinar will be announced in the bulletin and by email.

Back to Top


Building for the Future
with the CACFP

CACFP Meal Pattern

As stated in the “Note from Sandra” article, we have not received a projected date for proposed changes to the Child & Adult Care Food Program meal patterns. In the meantime, we encourage centers, sponsors, and homes to
• serve a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the week;
• when canned fruits are used, choose those packed in lightest syrup, water, or juice;
• look at fat content (saturated fat and trans fat); and
• watch the sodium content.

Choose lower fat items and lower sodium items when possible. Review recipes and reduce sodium when possible. Sometimes salt is necessary in recipes, such as breads; however, when making a recipe with a canned soup, for example, additional salt is usually not needed.

Reading labels is an important part of monitoring the fats and sodium and this monitoring is a step several have already taken. Industry is taking steps to eliminate the Trans fats, but it still shows up in some foods.

There are no standards at this time for these items, but if you read labels and monitor quantities now, you will be ready when the standards do come out.

Mealtime Memo for Child Care

The October 2013 issue of Mealtime Memo for Child Care, the monthly newsletter highlighting nutrition related topics and activities, is now available online.

What would happen if a child in your child care facility had an allergic reaction to food? Would you know what to do? Food allergies can be life threatening and each minute counts for saving the lives of those experiencing an allergic reaction. This is why it is important to establish and implement a food allergy response policy in your child care program.

In this issue:
Steps for Success
o Step 1: Create a food allergy policy for your child care program.
o Step 2: Create an individual food allergy plan for each child with a food allergy.
o Step 3: Train staff on food allergies and steps to take in case of an allergic reaction.
o Step 4: Take actions to avoid exposure to food allergens. o Step 5: Train staff to read food labels for allergens.
Fruit of the Month: Apple
Nutrition Fact of the Month: Why it is important to drink water
Nutrition Tip of the Month: Standardizing recipes
The CACFP Rock Star of the month is Ms. Michele Hancock, a Center Director from Davenport, Iowa who utilizes the center’s garden to teach children about fruits and vegetables.
CACFP News: CCFP Roundtable in Sacramento, California October 28-30, 2013. NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, DC Nov., 20-23, 2013.

Managing Food Allergies in Child Care
NFSMI has provided information regarding allergies, and steps to take when dealing with this type of situation as it relates to child nutrition programs.

Back to Top

Farm to School

Wolsey-Wessington Public School District’s farm to school project will benefit 310 students in a rural and remote school district. Forty-nine percent of the students are overweight or obese, according to the 2012 SD Health Data, and over 44% receive free or reduced lunch. The district has no experience in local food procurement, but is anxious to begin the process. Though the district has taken steps to improve the nutrition in the food program by providing a daily salad bar and serving whole grain bread, this project will improve the quality of food by incorporating local products, and will also provide teachable moments that will help educate our students about nutrition and the origin of their food.

Back to Top

Summer Meals Summit and SFSP Fall Policy Memos Released

Nov. 13 – 14, 2013 the 2013 Summer Summit was held in Arlington, VA. The conference was hosted by No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength and Center for Best Practices. Julie McCord attended the conference and enjoyed the various breakout sessions provided.

The fall release of the summer policy memoranda promised in the last CANS Bulleting are summarized below and the full versions are available for your review at

SFSP:01-2014 Sponsors Operating in Multiple States: REISSUED
- Affects SFSP
Clarifies that sponsors may participate in any State, regardless of where the sponsor is located. Clarifies that State agency staff must not be required to travel out of State in order to monitor a sponsor not located within their State. Therefore, sponsors located out of State must make requested materials available in the State where the sponsor’s sites are located in order to facilitate State agency monitoring activities.

SFSP:02-2014 Mobile Feeding Options
- Affects SSO of NSLP and SFSP
Provides guidance on the use of mobile feeding model and covers a range of topics sponsors should consider, as well as non-FNS government funding opportunities available.

SFSP:03-2014 Use of School and Census Data
- Affects SSO of NSLP, CACFP+ SFSP
Consolidates guidance from several memos touching on availability of census and school data, prioritization of data, and duration of area eligibility. At the discretion of both the CACFP and SFSP State agencies, in situations where data from a more recent month in the school year is available and would establish area eligibility for an otherwise ineligible location, school data from that month could be used to establish area eligibility. Additionally, this memorandum amends this policy to now allow the use of either school or census data as the primary source of data for applicable area eligibility determinations in the CACFP.

SFSP 04-2014: Promoting Nutrition in Summer Meals
- Affects SSO and SFSP
Highlights existing policies and procedures that can assist with serving more nutritious meals that appeal to children.

SFSP 05-2014: Use of School and Census Data
- Affects SSO of NSLP + SFSP
Consolidates guidance from several memos touching on availability of census and school data, prioritization of data, and duration of area eligibility. At the discretion of both the CACFP and SFSP State agencies, in situations where data from a more recent month in the school year is available and would establish area eligibility for an otherwise ineligible location, school data from that month could be used to establish area eligibility. Additionally, this memorandum amends this policy to now allow the use of either school or census data as the primary source of data for applicable area eligibility determinations in the CACFP.

SFSP 06-2014: Transitioning from At Risk Afterschool to Summer Meals
- Affects CACFP + SFSP
Highlights all streamlined provisions applicable to organizations serving children during the school year that wish to continue meal service in the summer months.

SFSP 07-2014: Expanding Awareness and Access to the Summer Food Service Program
- Affects SSO and SFSP
Clarifies and provides general guidance on regulatory and policy requirements in SFSP and SSO related to expanding awareness and access to the programs. This memorandum also highlights resources available to States and sponsors for conducting their required expansion efforts.

SFSP 08-2014: Meal Service Requirements in the Summer Food Service Program
- Affects SSO, SFSP
Consolidates guidance from several earlier memos addressing meal times, meal types, adult meals, OVS, leftovers, and the traveling apple. Due to the success of the traveling apple policy, FNS is expanding eligible components to also include grains. Additionally, FNS will no longer require State agencies to opt into the option, but rather permit this option for all sponsors. Therefore, all sponsors now have the option to allow a single item from the fruit /vegetable or grain components of the meal to be taken offsite for later consumption, provided that this is in compliance with local and State health and safety codes. FNS also streamlined OVS requirements to better match that of NSLP. Also, the Q&As attached to the OVS memo that is now superseded will now be included in the 2014 SFSP general Q&A memo.

SFSP 09-2014: Summer Food Service Program Q&A
- Affects SFSP
Updated based on policy changes made in the past year. Changes are highlighted in yellow and indicated on the first page.

Now is the time to review how things went last year, start discussions on what changes you’d like to make in your program, partnerships you might want to develop, and if you have a food service company agreement the process should be started in January including the summer period. Food Research and Action Center provides a Summer Nutrition Programs Implementation Calendars and Guide that helps sponsor support a strong summer outreach. You may find it at

February 2014 - Watch for mailing from Child and Adult Nutrition Services reminder to check summer website for application, training registrations and dates.

• March 1, 2014 – Deadline to register for all returning and new or potential sponsor for Summer Food Service Program and NSLP Seamless Summer trainings.

• March 13, 2014 – Prior Successful Sponsor of SFSP Administrative Webinar 2-4:30 CT/1-3:30 MT

• March 27, 2014 – NSLP Seamless Summer Webinar 2-4:30 CT/1-3:30 MT (New Program Review Format)

• March 25, 2014 – SFSP New or Potential Sponsor - Administrative Training and application assistance all day Pierre, SD with snow date of April 1, 2014.

The Administrative workshop is required for all new administrative (office staff) and sponsors is set for March 25, 2014 in Pierre with a snow date of April 1.

Please contact Julie McCord at (605) 773-3110 with any summer program questions.

Back to Top

The Act of an Everyday Hero

In planning for the 2014 State Conference scheduled for July 29 – August 1, the School Nutrition Association is looking for your stories of unsung heroes. We all know of Food Service Staff that have gone beyond their position to make a difference in a child’s life, such as purchasing lunches, helping provide Christmas gifts for a family or a child, providing meals for families in their home, or even buying school supplies. One of the speakers for Conference will use these stories, so let us share and recognize these Heroes.

More information will be coming on the, and on the School Nutrition Association of South Dakota facebook page.

If you have a story that you would like to provide, please contact Tori Wittrock by email at Stories can also be listed as anonymous, if preferred; simply let Tori know in your email.

Back to Top

TEFAP – Review of Program Requirements

TEFAP regulations at 7 e FR 25 1.10(e)( I) require that State agencies monitor program compliance with all applicable Federal and State requirements. As a part of States' monitoring responsibilities, per 7 e FR 25 1.10(e)(2)(ii), each year TEFAP State agencies are required to review at least one-tenth or 20, whichever is fewer, of all Eligible Recipient Agencies (ERA) that receive TEFAP foods and/or administrative funds through an agreement with another ERA. To fully identify all such ERAs, each TEFAP State agency is required to maintain a list of all ERAs operating in the State (See Food Distribution National Policy Memorandum FD-123). TEFAP State agencies must efficiently manage their resources to meet Federal monitoring requirements and promote program integrity. The full version of this policy memorandum is found at

South Dakota TEFAP agencies program reviews will begin soon and will be completed before March 2014. The process is completed on site by a South Dakota Department of Public Safety inspector who reports the findings to the Child and Adult Nutrition Services CANS office. If you are on the list for a review you have received a letter from the TEFAP specialist, Julie McCord. The white 3-ring binder titled “TEFAP ERA/Local Agency Guidance” gives you information on the requirements a sponsor must complete. The binders were sent to each sponsor last year. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) USDA foods delivery December starts Dec. 2, 2013 with week one.

• December 9 – 19 for February delivery
• January 13 – 23 for March delivery
• February 10 – 20 for April delivery

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

Back to Top

FFVP – Nutrition Education

Below are some examples of nutrition education provided by Loving Elementary School of Children’s Home Society in Sioux Falls, SD.


Great work providing a nutritious snack, along with nutrition education!

Other great resources include:
• Produce Information Sheets (provided by NFSMI)
• Best Practices for Handling Fresh Produce (provided by NFSMI)
• Other Produce Safety Resources (provided by NFSMI)

Back to Top

Policy Memos

Memos regarding SFA responsibilities are placed on the USDA policy memos website. The USDA websites continue to change. If you cannot find what you are looking for through the traditional site you have used or through a search, contact CANS office for assistance.

No new policy memos have been issued for any of the programs since the last bulletin. The policy memos for each program are as follows:

School Meal Programs –
Child & Adult Care Food Program –
Summer Food Service Program –
Food Distribution Program for schools –
The Emergency Food Assistance Program –
Commodity Supplemental Foods Program –

Back to Top

Whole Grain and Whole-grain Rich in Schools

Why do we care about whole grains?
If you knew that making a simple change in the quality or type of breads and cereals you eat every day would not only help you stay more lean, but protect you against heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure and heart attacks, would you pay attention?

Less than 5 in every 100 of us Americans actually eat the types of breads and grain foods that build better bodies. Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 aims to increase that percentage, and our school lunch programs are the beginning of new health outcomes for the children we serve.

What are we doing wrong?
Right now, our eating habits include many ‘refined grain’ products. Refined grains are quick to prepare, inexpensive, tasty and easy to find in stores, but they are not of good nutritional quality. The valuable minerals that strengthen us have been removed. The valuable ‘fatty acids’ that protect our hearts and blood vessels have been damaged or destroyed. We have convenient foods, quick-cooking foods, but for these traits we have sacrificed quality and value.

What are ‘Refined Grains’ anyway?
Refined Grains include white bread, white rice, products made with all-purpose white flour, (bread, rolls, muffins, pasta, cookies, Saltines ®, cakes, pancakes, French toast, pretzels), many commercial ready-to-eat cereals (such as cereal flakes, puffed rice and rice-crispy-like cereals), and similar products. We are encouraged, by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, to eat fewer refined grains. When choosing a refined grain product, check the ingredient list to make sure it is made with enriched flour (vitamins & minerals added back).

What are ‘Whole Grains’?
Whole Grain Foods include a variety of delicious products. Some examples are shown on Table A4-3 from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. They take longer to prepare, may need refrigeration to prevent spoilage, and also take longer to chew and enjoy. The nutritional benefits they offer include higher levels of essential nutrients including iron, magnesium, selenium, B vitamins and dietary fiber. Research indicates that eating whole-grains may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and is associated with a lower body weight.

What is a ‘whole-grain rich’ food and how do I know?
Products that contain at least 50% of the total weight as whole grains or provide at least 8 grams whole grains per ounce equivalent are ‘whole -grain rich’. The New Grain Bread Chart may help with these decisions, found at

How can our school meal program become part of the solution?
For school year 2013-14, the school lunch program (NSLP) and school breakfast programs (SBP) require that half of the grains you serve must be “whole grain rich”. Beginning next year, all grains must be whole grain rich.

How do we provide “at least half of our total grains as whole grains”?

• Substitute whole grain choices for refined grains in breakfast cereals, breads, crackers, rice and pasta. For example, choose 100% whole-grain breads, whole-grain cereals such as oatmeal; whole-grain crackers and pasta and brown rice.
• Check the ingredients list on the produce labels for the words “whole” or “whole grain” before the grain ingredient’s name.
• Note that foods labeled with the words “multi-grain,” “stone-ground”, “100% wheat,” “cracked wheat,” “seven-grain,” or “bran” are usually not 100% whole-grain products, and may not contain any whole grains. It would be best practice to consider the ingredient list in all cases.
• Use the Nutrition Facts label and the ingredients to choose whole grains that are good or excellent source of dietary fiber. (good sources of fiber contain 10-19 percent of the Daily Value per serving; excellent sources of fiber contain 20 percent or more).
• Eat fewer refined grain products, especially those that are high in calories from solid fats and added sugars (cakes cookies, desserts, pizza).
• Replace white bread, rolls, bagels, muffins, pasta and rice with whole-grain versions.

What are the guidelines and where can I learn more?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 can be found at:

-Susan N. Hansen, Registered Dietitian (RD), Licensed Nutritionist (LN) and Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences (PhD) (605) 773-6157 (11/26/2013)

Back to Top

Grant Opportunities and Deadlines from National Gardening Association

2014 Youth Garden Grant Award: Applications due Dec. 6, 2013
• National Gardening Association is proud to announce the 2014 Youth Garden Grant award. This year’s award is brought to you by supporters of the National Gardening Association and generous contributions from Ames True Temper, High Mowing Seeds, Rustic Cedar, and Bonnie Plants, who will be supplying materials to the award winners. Twenty award winners will receive $1,000 in supplies and funding.

2014 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant: Applications due Jan. 17, 2014
• Now in its fourth year, the Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant will provide 50 programs, in the United States and internationally, funding and supplies to begin or sustain garden programming for youth. To date, over 150 programs in 13 countries around the world have been awarded.

2014 Mantis Tiller Award: Applications due March 7, 2014
• Mantis and proudly present the 2014 Mantis Tiller Awards! For the past 18 years, this program has provided 25 tillers to gardening programs across the United States. In the past, winners have included schools, churches, correctional facilities, parks departments, youth camps, community gardens, and many others.

Other Grants

K-12 Student Teams Can Win Science Awards

The program ( is looking for projects which offer ideas and inventions capable of making the world a better place. The school submitting the most eligible projects will receive $1,000 worth of Toshiba technology.

Each student on the four first-place Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision winning teams will receive a $10,000 savings bond; students on second-place teams will each receive a $5,000 savings bond. Members of the eight teams will also receive an expenses-paid trip with their families, mentors and coaches to Washington, DC for an awards weekend in June 2014.

Foundation: Toshiba and the Nat'l Science Teachers Assn. (NSTA)
Opportunity: ExploraVision Program
Funding Focus: Science education, youth (Funding supports student-led science projects)
Geographic Focus: National
Eligibility: K-12 student-led teams, schools
Funding: Eight winners, up to $10,000 each
Deadline: Jan. 30.

These grants differ from another NSTA competition, the Shell Science Lab Challenge. The program ( runs on a different funding track and the 2013 deadline is Dec. 20.

Back to Top

New Breakfast Menu Certification Tool

USDA has released an updated menu certification tool for the breakfast meal pattern. There are no changes to the lunch menu certification tool. SFAs that have not yet submitted for menu certification still have the opportunity to submit early in the school year, however, the new breakfast menu certification tool must be used, in addition to the original lunch menu certification tool.

The tools can still be found in USDA’s list of memos, under USDA Memo 34-2012. We encourage schools to submit for certification, rather than waiting for the Administrative Review process; performance-based (6-cent) reimbursement can be earned sooner rather than later, and this will reduce the amount of time required for the review. Feel free to follow the link, and scroll down to USDA Memo 34-2012 to check out the new tools! USDA MEMO 34

Please feel free to contact with any questions on the new breakfast menu certification tool.

Back to Top

Physical Activity information

The Every Body Walk! Campaign released The Walking Revolution, a documentary film exploring the significant health and environmental benefits of walking, what makes communities walkable, and how walking and walkability support economically and socially vibrant communities. Read more here.

Worldwide, fitness in children has shown a decline over the past three decades. Children are not running as fast or as far as their parents, according to a new analysis of 50 studies, involving 25 million children ages 9 to 17 in 28 countries from 1964 to 2010.

A study revealed more K-9 children are walking to school! For more details on the trends of walking from 2007-2012, visit the Safe Routes to School Page.

The American College of Sports Medicine offers a variety of health and fitness brochures for individuals with an interest in sports medicine and exercise science. Topics including resistance training, reducing sedentary time, selecting appropriate fitness equipment and injury prevention are all available, visit the ACSM website to access these helpful brochures!

Back to Top

Webinars for Summer Meals, Breakfast, and Afterschool Meals

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is presenting a series of upcoming webinars.

Register now for these child nutrition program events.

Click on the event titles to reach the registration pages. Follow this link to access webinar and conference call recordings.

Summer Meals Matter Webinar - Setting the Stage for Success: Establishing Goals for the 2014 Summer Nutrition Programs
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1:00 p.m. ET
Following the momentum and increased attention on the Summer Nutrition Programs across the country this past year, communities can begin to focus their efforts and energy on beginning to plan for continued success in the programs this next year. Hear from state and federal administrators and advocates for the programs about their goals for next year and how they will be measuring success. Learn how you can start to develop your own participation and outreach goals for the communities you serve to reach even more children with the Summer Nutrition Programs in 2014.

Breakfast Matters Webinar Series - “Community Eligibility: Creating Hunger-Free Schools” - Part II: Building Momentum Through Improved Direct Certification and Outreach to Schools
Thursday, Dec. 12, 3–4 p.m. ET
Part II of our three part series will provide effective action steps to improve direct certification and systems to increase schools’ “Identified Student Percentage” for Community Eligibility. Speakers will also share effective outreach strategies to engage schools that are eligible to implement Community Eligibility in the 2014-15 school year.

Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call - Partnerships to Grow the Afterschool Meal Program
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1 p.m. ET
Partnering with other organizations can strengthen your Afterschool Meal Program, resulting in feeding more children and leading to excellent enrichment opportunities. Learn how to develop and use partnerships within your community that will be advantageous to your Afterschool Meal Program. Hear about different partnerships formed to build participation in and increase awareness about the Afterschool Meal Program.

Back to Top

Let’s Move Blog

The ‘Let’s Move Blog’ is a great place to keep up to date with the Let’s Move campaign, which focuses on overall wellness for a healthier tomorrow.

Recent articles include:
• As the Weather Gets Cooler, Cozy Up in the Kitchen with these Healthy Recipes!
• USDA Announces Farm to School Grant Awards
• First Lady Michelle Obama Talks Let’s Move! With the American Public Health Association

Visit the ‘Let’s Move Blog’ here:

Back to Top


Congratulations to the following school districts/agencies that have achieved menu certification. You are commended for your work in meeting the new meal pattern requirements!

November Certifications
Alcester-Hudson School District
Belle Fourche School District
Castlewood School District
Centerville School District
Hot Springs School District
Huron School District
Irene-Wakonda School District
Madison Central School District
Marion School District
Vermillion School District
Winner School District

December Certifications
Aberdeen School District
Bennett County School District
Bethesda Lutheran School
Chamberlain School District
Christian Center Elementary School
Corsica School District
Custer School District
Dakota Valley School District
Dell Rapids School District
East Dakota Educational Cooperative
Flandreau School District
Gayville-Volin School District
Grant-Deuel School District
Hill City School District
Jones County
Kadoka Area School District
McCook Central School District
McCrossan Boys Ranch
Pierre Indian Learning Center
Sanborn Central School District
Scotland School District
Sioux Falls School District
Sioux Valley School District
Smee School District
Spearfish School District
St. Agnes School
St. Thomas Aquinas School
Viborg-Hurley School District
White Lake School District

January Certifications
Arlington School District
Avon School District
Beresford School District
Black Hills Works
Bon Homme School District
Canton School District
Children's Care Hospital & School
Childrens Home Society of SD
DeSmet School District
Dupree School District
Elkton School District
Eureka School District
Freeman School District
Human Service Agency-ATCO
Immaculate Conception School
Ipswich Public School District
Lead-Deadwood School District
McLaughlin School District
Meade School District
Milbank School District
Minnehaha Co. Regional Detention Center
New Underwood School District
Northwestern Area School District
Platte -Geddes School District
Rapid City Area School District
Rapid City Catholic School System
Summit School District
Watertown School District
Wolsey-Wessington School District
Yankton School District

February Certifications
Agar-Blunt-Onida School District
Armour School District
Baltic School District
Brandon Valley School District
Brookings School District
Colman-Egan School District
Deubrook Area School District
Deuel School District
Douglas School District
Hoven School District
James Valley Christian School
Lake Preston School District
Lyman School District
Miller Area School District
Oelrichs School District
Oglala Lakota College
Oldam-Ramona School District
Red Cloud Indian School
SD Dept.of Human Services
South Central School District(Bonesteel-Fairfax)
Stanley County School District
Tea Area School District
Timber Lake School District
Wagner Community School District
Waubay School district
Webster Area School District
Woonsocket School District

March Certifications
Andes Central School District
Big Stone City School District
Bowdle School District
Britton- Hecla School District
Edgemont School District
Ethan School District
Groton Area School District
Hamlin School District
Herreid School District
Howard School District
Lemmon School District
Mobridge-Pollock School District
Mount Vernon School District
Our Home Inc.
Parker School District
Pierre Public School
Plankinton School District
Porcupine Contract School
Redfield School District
SD Achieve ( Sioux Vocational Services Inc)
SD Dept of Social Services
SD Dept.of Corrections
Shannon County School District
Sisseton School District
St. Joseph Catholic School
St. Joseph Indian School
Stickney School District
Todd County School District
Tripp-Delmont School District
Waverly School District
Wilmot School District

April Certifications
Abbott House
Cheyenne River BIA Schools
Crazy Horse Day School
Elk Point-Jefferson School District
Faulkton Area School District
Kimball School District
Little Wound School System
Parkston School District
Wessington Springs School District
Bridgewater-Emery School District
Canistota School District
Clark School District
Dakota Milestones (Chamberlain ATC)
Edmunds Central School District
Lennox School District

May Certifications
Colome Consolidated School District
Community Connections Inc.
Enemy Swim Day School
Flandreau Indian School
Frederick Area School District
Gregory School District
Hitchcock-Tulare School District
John Paul II Elementary School
Leola School District
Live Center Inc.
Loneman School Corporation
Menno School District
Rutland School District
Southeastern Behavorial Healthcare Center
Wall School District
White River School District

June Certifications
Gettysburg School District
Highmore-Harrold School District
Langford Area School District
Rosholt School District
Selby Area School District
Tiospa Zina Tribal School
Volunteers of America-Dakotas
West Central School District
Willow Lake School District

July Certifications
Chester Area School District
Estelline School District
Sioux Falls Catholic Schools

August Certifications
Black Hills Special Services Co-op
Doland School District
Harrisburg School District
Iroquois School District
Montrose School District
Sacred Heart School

November ’13 Certifications
Hanson School District
Aberdeen Catholic Schools
Holy Cross School

Back to Top

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

Back to Top

DOE Homepage   ‏   State Home Pages   ‏   USDA Nondiscrimination Statement   ‏   Disclaimer   ‏   Privacy Policy