Articles in this issue:

A Note from Sandra

Welcome to a new program year! Some are continuing their current activities and hardly notice a change while others are coming back to schools and centers after a break from the routine. I wish you success in your new ventures.

Yes, changes continue in our programs and staffing. Please continue to contact the CANS office when questions arise. If we don’t know the answer, we will find it!

The iMATCH system has been implemented for school nutrition programs to find students who are directly certified for free school meals. Should the rules ever change to allow direct certification for Child & Adult Care Food Program, we will expand access to that program. The system is not running as smoothly as we would like and we continue to work with the company to resolve those issues.

The iCAN system will be implemented in phases this fall and early winter. Right now, it appears that the first portions of the system will be the Child & Adult Care Food Program agreement and claims. The next will be phased in School Nutrition Programs agreements and claims. In the spring, the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option will be brought into the system. Training on the new systems will be provided in a variety of methods by CANS staff members.

Meal pattern changes for Child & Adult Care Food Program have not been announced yet, though we still hear they are coming.

The meal pattern changes for School Nutrition Programs continue to be phased in. This year’s changes are:
• Smart Snack rules go into place regarding foods that can be sold during the school day.
• State’s policy on exempt fundraisers goes into effect.
• The week’s average must meet the first target of sodium
• School breakfasts must have fruit/vegetable on the tray to be reimbursable
• All grains at meals must be whole grain-rich. The only exception is if the school has applied for and received an exemption for whole grain pasta.

The School Nutrition Association has approached Congress and USDA to ask for changes to the current program requirements. We cannot assume these changes will be granted and ignore the current requirements. We must operate under current requirements until any changes are announced including their effective date. As one trainer said, “You may not agree with the rules; nonetheless, they are what we have to live with until they change.”

Congratulations to Gay Anderson, Brandon Valley, on her election to the national SNA Board as Education Chair; to Sandi Kramer for her award as a School Nutrition Hero, and to six Sioux Falls School District employees who are now certified chefs! Kathy VanWesten, Jim Festa, Verna Lingo, Sally Sale, Terrie Maurice, and Della Zimmerman completed coursework, studies, and passed their exams.

CANS has had some staffing changes. Pam McCown was promoted to program specialist and Jane Cronin joined our staff this summer. They have already made big contributions to our office and we appreciate that. Jason Person left to pursue his master’s degree and complete an internship for licensure as a registered dietitian.

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Program Applications

For SY14-15, school nutrition program applications will again be handled through paper. While good progress is being made on the new online system, it is not ready to be rolled out at this time. Please visit the CANS NSLP page to find application materials. Applications are due August 29.

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New Manager Class – October 20-21 or October 27-28

Child and Adult Nutrition will offer a New Managers Training class designed for new food service managers with up to three years of experience for the program. This class would also be beneficial for anyone who would like a refresher on the overall management of the program.

Two sessions will be available in Pierre: October 20-21 or October 27-28. CANS will cover the cost of the instructor, materials and facility. Your expense will be travel, meals and lodging if needed. Class size will be limited so register early to reserve a seat.

Click here to register -- New Manager Class Registration or contact Shar Venjohn 605-773-3413 to request a fax back registration form.

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Meal Pattern Updates

As a reminder, there are some updates to the NSLP and SBP meal patterns.

Whole Grain-Rich Products
All grain products served at lunch and breakfast must be Whole Grain-Rich.
• Check your ingredient label. If the first product is ‘whole’ and all other grains within the product are ‘whole’ or ‘enriched’, your product meets compliance.
o If the first ingredient is water but the second ingredient is a ‘whole’ grain, your product meets compliance as long as all other grains on the ingredient label are ‘whole’ or enriched.

Breakfast Requirements
Minimum amounts to offer K-12 daily are as follows:
• Fruit – 1 cup
• Grain – 1 ounce equivalent
• Milk – 1 cup

100% fruit juice can be served; however, no more than half of week’s total fruit offering at breakfast can be in the form of juice.

Breakfast Offer Versus Serve Requirements
• At least 4 items must be offered between the three components at breakfast (Fruit, Grain, Milk). This allows the student to decline a food item.
• 3 items must be selected for a reimbursable breakfast meal.
• Of the 3 items selected, at least 1 must be in the form of a ½ cup fruit.

To reiterate, if your school allows students to decline food items (Offer Versus Serve), 1 full cup of fruit must be offered, however, a student would only need to take ½ cup of fruit for a reimbursable meal.

SY14-15 is the initial year of Sodium Target 1. Sodium targets are as follows:

• K-5: = 1230 mg
• 6-8: = 1360 mg
• 9-12: = 1420 mg

• K-5: = 540 mg
• 6-8: = 600 mg
• 9-12: = 640 mg

K-8 meal patterns must follow the K-5 sodium target.
All sodium targets are daily averages over the week.

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Reimbursement Rates for SY14-15

The reimbursement rates for SY14-15 are as follows for the Contiguous States:

National School Lunch Program * Less than 60% Less than 60% + 6 cents * 60% or more 60% or more + 6 cents *
Paid $ 0.28 $ 0.34 $ 0.30 $ 0.36
Reduced Price $ 2.58 $ 2.64 $ 2.60 $ 2.66
Free $ 2.98 $ 3.04 $ 3.00 $ 3.06

School breakfast program Non-severe need Severe need
Paid $ 0.28 $ 0.28
Reduced Price $ 1.32 $ 1.63
Free $ 1.62 $ 1.93
Afterschool Snacks Served in Afterschool Care Programs
Paid $ 0.07
Reduced Price $ 0.41
Free $ 0.82

Special Milk Program All milk Paid milk Free milk
Pricing programs without free option $ 0.23 N/A N/A
Pricing program with free option N/A $ 0.23 Average Cost Per 1/2 Pint of Milk
Nonpricing programs $ 0.23 N/A N/A

National Average Value of Donated Foods - NSLP = $0.2475
(USDA Foods Entitlement Rate)

Child & Adult Care Food Program Rates of Reimbursement

Child Care Centers Breakfast Lunch & Supper* Snack
Paid $ 0.28 $ 0.28 $ 0.07
Reduced Price $ 1.32 $ 2.58 $ 0.41
Free $ 1.62 $ 2.98 $ 0.82
* Lunch and Supper rates before cash-in-lieu addition
Cash-in-lieu lunch & supper rate $ 0.2475

Day Care Homes Breakfast Lunch & Supper Snack
Tier 1 $ 1.31 $ 2.47 $ 0.73
Tier 2 $ 0.48 $ 1.49 $ 0.20

Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsors of Day Care Homes
Initial 50 Next 150 Next 800 Each Addl
$111 $85 $66 $58

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2014 Single Audit Compliance Supplement

The linked OMB Federal Register Notice announces the availability of the 2014 Single Audit Compliance Supplement. This edition of the Compliance Supplement is to be used in single audits covering auditees’ fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2014. It supersedes the previous edition dated March 2013.

The link entitled “ADDRESSES” in the Notice’s left-hand column gives the following address where one can access the entire 2014 Compliance Supplement electronically:

Also linked is the section of Part 4 (Agency Program Requirements) that covers USDA programs, and Appendix V which lists the changes from the 2013 edition to this 2014 edition.

All links are available from the SD CANS homepage, or directly by clicking one of the below links:
List of Changes
Program Compliance
OMB Notice

Contact the CANS office if you need a copy or cannot access documents electronically.

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Community Eligibility Provision

Schools that wish to implement the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2014-15 school year must complete an application and provide all supporting documentation by the extended deadline of August 31 for the full school year.

CEP materials are available on the CANS website under Community Eligibility Provision section. If you are eligible but choose not to participate this year, you can apply in future school years. Though it is an annual application, it is “not a one-time offer”.

Contact CANS if a school desires to participate mid-year. That option is available this year only.

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It is that time of year again when business managers are looking for the USDA Foods history reports from our office. With the completion of one school year on the electronic ordering system, iCAN -, you will be able to find the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) products purchased through our office online by reviewing chapter 10 of the iCAN manual.

For those schools that have been purchasing Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruits And Vegetables Order Receipt System (FFAVORS) product, you will want to access your history reports through the FFAVORS website:

Chapters 3 and 10 will be the area to start.
• You will see the “Entitlement Used” in Chapter 3.
• In chapter 10 you will see the report “Value of Commodities Shipped”.

In comparing these two reports you will see they are not exactly the same. The entitlement used report includes the total amount that was requested set aside at DoD for the fresh produce. You will actually want to do a history report from FFAVORS with the actual amount received. In chapter 10 your Value of Commodities Shipped report includes the “bonus” entitlement.

So to make both reports equal
– Entitlement Used minus the DoD request plus the bonus should equal the Value of Commodities Shipped.

To both of these you will want to add the actual amount of DoD used found on the DoD website.

This is what was called the “History report” for the business office.

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Eligibility Effective Date for Directly Certified Students – NSLP

The start date for students identified as directly certified to receive free meal benefits has been the date the LEA accesses and processes the automated matching file from iMATCH into their local point of service (POS) system.

The USDA FNS recently released policy memo SP 51-2014 regarding flexibility in the start date of benefits for directly certified students. LEAs have the option to use the iMATCH “match date,” or the date of the benefit notification from an appropriate agency which first identifies the student as eligible for direct certification as the start date of free meal eligibility, for example a written or electronic notice from DSS of foster child status.

Direct certification means determining a child is eligible for free NSLP or SBP meals or free milk (in SMP) based on documentation obtained directly from the appropriate State or local agency authorized to certify that the child is:
• a member of a household receiving assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; or
• a foster child, homeless child, migrant child, Head Start or Even Start child or runaway child.

If this flexibility is used it must be done consistently for all direct certification methods and for all directly certified students. The LEA must document the effective date of free meal benefits, and the LEA can only claim those meals at the free reimbursement rate if the student is given a refund.

LEA’s choosing this option must notify CANS through their annual application to CANS. If you would like to discuss how this flexibility would work in your LEA, please contact a CANS NSLP Program Specialist at 605-773-3413, or email

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Eligibility Effective Date for Students on household applications – NSLP

A student’s date of eligibility is determined by the date that the determining official reviewed the household application. However, a recent memo has provided some flexibility.

The USDA FNS recently released policy (see memo SP 51-2014) regarding flexibility in the start date of benefits for students receiving benefits by way of a household application. LEAs have the option to use the date that a household application was received by the school.

For example, if a household application is received by the LEA on the 12th, but the LEA does not make its eligibility determination until the 16th, the LEA has the flexibility to provide a refund to the household for meals provided at a lesser eligibility status between the 12th and the 16th. The LEA must have a process in place to make this refund, which would include date stamping the application as it comes in.

If this flexibility is used it must be done consistently for household applications. The LEA must maintain documentation of the effective date of free meal benefits.

LEA’s choosing this option must notify CANS through their annual application to CANS. If you would like to discuss how this flexibility would work in your LEA, please contact a CANS NSLP Program Specialist at 605-773-3413, or email

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iMATCH – The web-based system for directly certifying students

Have your heard? Those once a month emailed lists of student names are gone! iMATCH is the new South Dakota web-based system for finding your student direct certification matches.

A series of trainings were held across the state this past spring and a prerecorded webinar is posted on the Dashboard of iMATCH to walk you through the student match process. Manuals were sent to every district/agency on the school lunch program and electronic copies are always available on the iMATCH Dashboard.

Please check out the CANS NSLP website for a link to the iMATCH website and for a brief Q&A on how to get started making matches!

Since this is a new system, CANS will keep users aware of technical challenges with messages on the Dashboard. We are also tentatively planning to host a conference call or live webinar on direct cert and iMATCH best practices shortly after the school year begins.

If you have questions or need your System Administrator password reset, please send an email to with iMATCH in the subject line or call the CANS office at (605) 773-3413 and ask for an NSLP Program Specialist to help with iMATCH.

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Special Diet Memo and Form Update

Updates have been made to the special diet memo and form. The form is to be used for Special Diet Order (for a participant with a disability that threatens a major life activity, which includes a signed order by M.D. or D.O.), but can also be used for Special Diet Requests (special diet needs that are not related to a disability that threatens a major life activity which the local agency may choose whether or not to honor the request).

If a Special Diet Order or Request has already been made, and is on file using an old form, it is NOT required to revise the form.

For more information regarding special diets, follow the link below to access the updated Special Diet Memo and Form: Special Diets

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SY14-15 NSLP Paid Lunch Equity Tool Available

Please follow the link below to access the new PLE tool, to determine paid lunch prices. Visit the CANS-NSLP page, and look in the upper right section called ‘forms’ to find the PLE Tool. The webinars section also includes a recorded PLE Webinar.

If the food service fund is excessive, request an exemption. The exemption can be found on the CANS-NSLP page in the Documents/Forms section.

Feel free to contact the CANS office with any questions regarding the PLE tool at or by phone at 605-773-3413

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Smart Snacks effective July 1, 2014

Smart Snacks is the new regulation that replaces the “competitive foods” rule. Now all foods sold to students before and during the school day must comply with the Smart Snacks standards. A summary of these standards can be found on the USDA FNS website at:

This regulation applies to any food that can be eaten on-site, like a la carte foods, candy bars, and beverages. The rules do not apply to foods that are meant to be taken home to be eaten, like pizza kits and cookie dough. Also, the Smart Snacks rules do not apply to food given away for free, brought to a classroom to share, non-food items like candles or gift wrap, or any food sold 30-minutes after the end of the school day.

The rule applies to any area where students (regardless of age) are at as part of the school day. ‘Adults’ refers to nonprogram participants.

Smart Snack Tools
Check out the following sites to help you with your transition to Smart Snacks!

Alliance for a Heathier Generation is a great resource to choose Smart Snacks and make your school a heathier place.
• Launch the Product Calculator to see if your products will fit!
    - If your product meets the guidelines, print out the information and put it in a file or binde
    - If your product is not compliant it will tell you why.

• Looking for new products? Don’t waste your precious time! Check out the Smart Snack Product Navigator. You can browse for different products that are already compliant with the Smart Snacks Regulations. Your look can end in just a few short clicks.
Smart Snack categories:
• Snack
• Side Items
• Entrees
• Beverages

You can get a Smart Snacks Presentations are available. Follow the link, and choose the presentation that best suits your needs.

How much information do you need? Use these plug-and-play communication tools to inform others about Smart Snacks. All are featured by following the above link.
A Little - A high level overview of the Smart Snacks nutrition standards, appropriate for administrators or back-to-school night.
Just Enough - Provide school staff with some background, including the July 1, 2014 implementation date, venues where the guidelines apply, and the types of foods and beverages that will be allowed.
A Lot - Detailed presentation of the nutrition standards, suitable for training cafeteria staff and those responsible for implementing and monitoring Smart Snacks.
Fundraising - for the school community.

• CDC – Competitive Foods in Schools a great visual printable hand out on why it is so important to make the change.
• USDA Team Nutrition has many helpful resources on Smart Snacks.
• Regulations and Policy – Questions and Answers, Regulations

Change is hard but change can also be FUN! Contact your distributors and ask for samples. Allow students to be the taste testers! They will be excited when they find out that their favorite products are now part of your schools Smart Snacks! Remember just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean that the students won’t like it. Your flavor preferences can change just like your students! Who knows – You might start serving Rootbeer Skim Milk! Back to Top

Exempt Fundraisers – Smart Snacks

Here are a few emergencies to think about:
According to the “Smart Snacks” regulations South Dakota must establish a policy regarding exempt fundraisers. If no state policy is set, no exempt fundraisers would be allowed.

A summary of the South Dakota policy on exempt fundraisers:
1. School-sponsored groups can each have one exempt fundraiser per year during the school day on the school campus. Non school-sponsored groups cannot have fundraisers involving unallowable foods during the school day.

2. Each exempt fundraiser can only last for one day.

3. Exempt fundraisers cannot be given to another group. If an organized group chooses not to have an exempt fundraiser, another group cannot use that day.

4. Food cannot be ordered for delivery during the school day as a fundraiser, unless that is the school-sponsored group’s exempt fundraiser. This would include any food ordered at any time and delivered to the student(s) during the school day.

Data will be collected and analyzed at the end of ’14-15 school year on how the rule affected the fundraising of the school groups. A determination will then be made as to whether the exempt fundraising policy should be changed.

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Whole Grain-Rich Pasta Waiver

Due to the concerns regarding the acceptability of whole grain-rich pasta, USDA has allowed schools to apply for an exemption if the school food service is having problems with the whole grain-rich pasta. Schools in South Dakota have reported a variety of reactions from “no problems” to “struggling”. An exemption form can be found on the CANS NSLP webpage under Menu Certification. Complete and submit as instructed.

Please note that The SFA must have previously attempted to serve a whole grain-rich pasta, and also provide product name, manufacturer, and product code. In addition, the SFA must also provide the reason for requesting flexibility. Also, the SFA must provide information on how the SFA will plan to continue to work on incorporating whole grain-rich pasta. Back to Top


Building for the Future with the CACFP

CACFP Application Update

We are still expecting to be able to use the new iCAN online application and claims system for the Child and Adult Care Food Program for the 2014-15 program year which begins with the October 2014 claim. What follows is some general information to answer some of the most common questions that have been coming in:

1) The online system is currently scheduled to ‘go live’ sometime at the end of September or early October.
2) Your agency’s current agreement with our office will cover all meals served during the month of September (paid to agencies in October).
3) The online system will need to be completed and approved before November 10, 2014 in order to prevent any delay in payments to your agency.
4) There are some forms that you could start working on at this point to make the process a little easier for you once the system is up and running. The forms can be found at As any new forms are developed they will be added to the website.
5) The online approval system should go much more quickly on the state side since we can all be approving our portions at the same time. In paper form only one person could have the folder at a time.
6) We will be providing training to agencies on how to use the new system. Those training dates will be set once a firm ‘go live’ date has been established.
7) You will be notified as soon as we know anything about the dates of the system going live and the training that will be offered for the system
8) The system should be very user friendly.
9) If you cannot complete the application on a computer we will mail you a print copy of the screens so that you can fill out the needed information and mail them for us to enter into the system for you. This is an option for agencies that are not able to access the online system. Going this route will take longer than going in and entering the information on your end.
10) For those of you that sponsor homes, the system is “compatible” with Minute Menu. However, there is a specific file format that will need to be requested from Minute Menu. We are currently working with the programmers to find out specific information for this option.

Mealtime Memos for Child Care
The May, June, and July 2014 issues of Mealtime Memo for Child Care, the monthly newsletter that includes menus, recipes, and activities related to child care, are now online.

May Issue – Feeding Infants

When feeding infants in the child care setting, many factors must be considered. Breast milk or fortified infant formula is recommended for feeding infants for the first year of life. When babies are developmentally ready, solid foods or "complementary foods" can be introduced.

In this issue:
• Sequence of Infant Development and Feeding Skills Chart
• Vegetable of the Month: Asparagus
• Nutrition Fact: Dietary Guidelines for Americans
• Nutrition Tip: Healthy Celebrations

June Issue – Nutrition Education: Why, When, Where, and How

Nutrition education provides basic information about foods and the benefits of making healthful food choices. Since there is such a close link between diet and health, nutrition education has become essential in child care programs.

In this issue:
• Nutrition Education: Why
• Nutrition Education: When
• Nutrition Education: Where
• Nutrition Education: How
• Fruit of the Month: Watermelon
• Nutrition Fact: Vitamin D
• Nutrition Tip: Carbohydrates

July Issue – Creating and Maintaining a Safe Mealtime Environment

An important key to creating a safe and healthy mealtime environment is through employee training. Appropriate training teaches methods for safely preparing and serving food and creating wholesome environments in child care settings. Child care providers can confidently create a safe mealtime environment as a result of receiving training.

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• Creating and maintaining a safe mealtime environment
• Nutrition Tip: Whole wheat vs. whole-grain
• Vegetable of the Month: Summer Squash
• Nutrition Fact: Differences between margarine and butter, and benefits of each Back to Top

TEFAP – New Income Eligibility Guidelines – July 1, 2014 and Renewal Due

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) USDA foods are household sized cans and intended to be used for families to take home and use to stretch their household food budget. These foods can supplement other foods purchased by the family to make a nutritious meal. The current income eligibility guidelines went into effect July 1, 2014 and the forms were sent to agencies in June.

The TEFAP guidance is specific that recipients must sign for the food at food pantries using the TEFAP income eligibility chart to verify income, household size, name and address. These requirements are not required at congregate feeding locations using USDA Foods/commodities they have received from TEFAP.

The orders were placed in July for the September delivery. The state agency has implemented a new software package which results in the new forms including the Value of Commodities Shipped Report which replaced the History report. The reports are posted on the TEFAP website quarterly and available for the audit requirements.

Renewal packets were sent with the order blanks in July and all the renewal forms are due to the CANS office in August so any changes with delivery contacts for the September delivery can be updated.

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CANS welcomes Jane Cronin and Pam McCown to NSLP

Hello, my name is Jane Cronin. My husband, Shaun and I have a four year old son, Sayth. I grew up on a small family farm East of Pierre. Even though my mom was not a nutritionist she made sure that we were eating healthy all the time. We spent many summer days tending to our large garden. As a mother, I am teaching my son how important it is to eat healthy, we have a large garden at our house and have taken over our grandparent’s garden as well. We love having fresh vegetables in our back yard! Sayth keeps us going making sure that we get plenty of activity riding bike, camping, fishing, playing ball, digging in the dirt and of course farming.

In May, I completed my fifth year of teaching at Georgia Morse Middle School in the Family and Consumer Science program. I greatly enjoyed transitioning the FACS program into a healthy program by teaching students how to use substitutes to decrease calories and fat content and introducing students to new textures and tastes with healthy alternatives.

While at Georgia Morse Middle School, I was a team member of our Alliance for a Heathier Generation Committee. I am very proud to say that I was able to help the school be recognized as the first school in South Dakota to receive the National Healthy Schools bronze medal award! We worked very hard to implement the Smart Snacks into the school by adding a healthy vending machine and increasing the physical activity in every student. We added many different intramural afterschool programs, as well as the YWCA Girls on Track program.

I am very excited to be part of the Child and Adult Nutrition Program and look forward to meeting and assisting you with your programs.

Hi, this is Pam McCown. During the last 2 1/2 years I have worked with many of you on iCAN issues and assisting you with your food orders. Last Spring I accepted a new position with CANS and am now a part of the Child Nutrition Team. I look forward to the continued opportunity to assist you.

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South Dakota Food Service Director recognized as National School Nutrition Hero

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) Sandi Kramer, Nutrition Director of Yankton School District received was identified as a School Nutrition Hero. Four others were also awarded from around the nation.

Sandi Kramer received has been the Nutritional Director of the Yankton School District in South Dakota for 30 years. Sandi is dedicated to her profession and gives generously of her time to train and mentor others. Sandi is known for innovative ideas which keep her program successful even with declining enrollment. Her leadership has been responsible for the successful use of commodity funds and for the organization of the first buying coalition in South Dakota.

Sandi heads up the community “Sack Pack” program providing meals on weekends. When the Mayor of a neighboring community offered to match the dollars raised for the program, Sandi asked about his reason for this generosity. He explained that he was born and raised in Yankton and was one of the students many years ago wondering when he would have his next meal. He wanted to give back.

Recently Sandi began raising funds for needy student lunch accounts to provide angel money.

Sandi is a School Nutrition Hero who works tirelessly to make sure no child is left hungry.

To access the video on Sandi Kramer, go to the following Go down to 50th Anniversary Celebration and click on Sandi’s name.

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New Resource: Promoting Health Through Local School Wellness Policies

Local school wellness policies provide an opportunity to create a healthy school environment where students are ready to learn.

School districts can develop wellness policies to meet the unique needs of each school under its jurisdiction, but at a minimum are required to:

• Include goals for nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other school-based activities that promote students wellness.

• Include nutrition guidelines for all foods available on each school campus during the school day to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.

• Permit parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, school administrators, and the general public to participate in the development, implementation, and update of the local wellness policy.

• Inform and update the public (including parents, students, and others in the community) about the content and implementation of the local school wellness policy.

• Periodically measure the extent to which schools are in compliance with the local wellness policy, the extent to which the local education agency’s local wellness policy compares to model local school wellness policies, and the progress made in attaining the goals of the local wellness policy, and make this assessment available to the public.

Check out the Local Wellness Policy resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Also, check out the Local Wellness Policy resources from FRAC & USDA by following the corresponding links below:
• FRAC – Local Wellness Policy resources
• USDA – Local Wellness Policy resources

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Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools

The Center for Disease Control has recently announced the release of their new toolkit. Click the link to access the toolkit: Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools Toolkit

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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:
• New Research: Majority of Students Like New Healthier Lunches
• First Lady Micelle Obama Announces New Commitments to Support Drink Up
• Here They Are: The Top 5 Best Moments from the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner

Visit the ‘Let’s Move Blog’ here to view recent stories, and more:

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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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