Articles in this issue:

A Note from Sandra

Many schools and centers have faced challenges this winter with days off and late starts due to extreme cold and blizzards. Individuals and families are facing challenges of higher heating bills, vehicles that do not run as good during cold weather. Thank you for being there to provide care and support for the children and adults using our services in this inclement weather.

No word has been received to date on changes to the meal pattern in the Child & Adult Care Food Program. We will provide information on these as soon as we become aware of them.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is seeking sponsors and sites to provide meals to children in the summertime in needy areas. One of the changes in SFSP is that a School Food Authority (SFA) can use data any month that would demonstrate eligibility (50%). In the past, we were required to use October. This may allow SFAs to provide meals in previously ineligible sites.

The internet-based programs to manage direct certification (iMatch) and administration (agreements and claims – phases 2 and 3 of iCAN) are both on schedule. Training plans are being developed – training should happen in the late spring and into the summer. We expect to see some changes in our processes including site-based claiming, changed definition of site, and change of the agreement year.

The changes in the School Meal Programs continue to be implemented. Please forward questions to any of the program staff as they arise. A general email address can be used for the school nutrition programs. It is The program specialists monitor the mailbox and respond. This assists in getting an answer to you more quickly if one or two members are out on travel.

The proposed rule on Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was announced at the end of January. It applies only to National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The Administrative Reviews for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program have begun. It is a very different process than before with both off-site and on-site assessments, and includes areas that were previously not covered in as much detail.

Smart Snacks in Schools are on track to be implemented July 1. Continue to evaluate the products offered in the school vending machines, stores, etc., that are available to students from midnight through the end of the school day so you can arrange to purchase products that meet requirements next year.

A survey of schools will be conducted by mid-February on a variety of topics. It is not long – but has a range of questions. Responses will help us determine topics and method of delivery of training for program operation as well as the computer systems and policy on exempt fundraisers. Thank you for your cooperation as we go forward.

Thank you for your patience and questions as we move forward with the many new initiatives.

“A starved brain cannot be expected to work efficiently any more than a starved body." ~ attributed to Miss Roberts in “The Hot Lunch in Rural Schools”.

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. ~ Abraham Lincoln

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Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

The proposed rule on Professional Standards was announced at the end of January. You can find it on the USDA regulations webpage at and a link will be on the CANS webpage for School Lunch. This proposed rule would establish minimum professional standards for school nutrition personnel who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The proposed rule would also institute hiring standards for the selection of State and local school nutrition program directors; and require all personnel in these programs to complete annual continuing education/training.

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Wellness Policy & Healthy School Environment

Questions have surfaced recently regarding wellness policies. Yes – the wellness policy should be reviewed and revised if necessary.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) requires all school districts to establish and implement local school wellness policies that meet minimum standards designed to promote sound nutrition, student health, reduce childhood obesity, and provide transparency to the public on the school nutrition environment.

The South Dakota model Wellness Policy is on the Team Nutrition Page under documents at

USDA’s Team Nutrition has a new Web site that consolidates school wellness resources in a way that will make them easier for you to find. Check out the new School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources Website for information and resources on:

• Local School Wellness Policy Process steps to put the policy into action
• Required Wellness Policy Elements to meet the federal requirements
• Healthy School Nutrition Environment improvements related to food and physical activity
• Samples, Stories, and Guidance ideas for your school
• Research Reports on school wellness
• Grants/Funding Opportunities related to child nutrition and physical activity

There are now more voices of support for school wellness policies! See which national organizations have joined us in issuing a joint statement to recognize the important role schools play in promoting health and wellness.

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Regulatory Changes for National School Lunch Program

The news recently carried a story about changes in the School Lunch requirements that were published on January 3, 2014. The rules that were announced are effective March 4, 2014. The regulation can be accessed at They did not make any changes to the way schools provide meals to children; however, they did make changes to some existing regulations that had been changed already by policy, and finalized regulations for certification of meals.

• Reporting and Recordkeeping – State agencies will submit the quarterly reports with the total number of SFAs in the State and the names of certified SFAs. The report will no longer be required once all SFAs in the State have been certified.
• The process for certification of meals was not changed.
• The maximum serving sizes for Grains and Meats are permanently lifted.
• The limitation on serving frozen fruit with added sugar is permanently lifted.
• The comments section reiterated that SFAs are still expected to fall within the weekly minimum and maximum ranges for calories.
• USDA will continue to provide training and guidance materials.

“The Hot Lunch in Rural Schools “- 1918
Just for fun - one of the State Library folks forwarded information on a book "The Hot Lunch in Rural Schools” from 1918, which she came across during Library’s document digitization process. Note that the National School Lunch Act was not signed until 1946. The book can be viewed on the South Dakota State Library’s Digital Collections at It has Guidelines for rural teachers about hot school lunch. Includes a discussion of the benefits; how to set up and cook a hot lunch; and some recipes that the teacher and students can easily prepare.

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program – FFVP SY14-15 Applications Released

We have released the application for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for SY14-15. If your school has previously participated in the program, use the previous participant application. If your school has never participated before, please use the new participant application.

Click here to visit the FFVP page, and access the applications

Applications may be emailed, faxed, or mailed. If you do not receive notification of the application received, please follow up to make sure that your application is received.

Applications must be postmarked by Monday, March 24, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the FFVP or the application process, please feel free to contact Rob Ingalls at or by phone at (605) 773-2977.

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New Paid Lunch Equity Tool Now Available

The new PLE Tool for SY14-15 has recently been released! Please follow the link below to access the new PLE tool, and determine paid lunch prices now! Click Here to access the new PLE Tool.

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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Flexibility for the Effective Date of Free or Reduced Price Meal Eligibility Determination (FNS memo SP 11-2014)

The School Food Authority (SFA) or agency can establish the date of application submission as the start date of eligibility, rather than the date eligibility determination is made. This flexibility only applies to complete household applications, not incomplete applications, “other source” categorical eligibility, or direct certification. The SFA/agency must apply this flexibility to all students equally in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Afterschool Snack, Special Milk Program, Child and Adult Food Care Program, and Summer Food Service Program, where applicable. This flexibility is designed to assist low income children by allowing them access to free or reduced price school meals during the eligibility determination time period.

SFA’s choosing this option must notify the State Agency/CANS. SFA must have a method to document the date the application was submitted. SFA must have a method to refund any money paid for the child’s meals/milk prior to the eligibility determination.

For more information please read memo SP 11-2014, dated December 3, 2013. Please call the CANS office at (605)773-3413 to speak to a Program Specialist to see if your program can benefit from this new flexibility or would like to obtain approval to use this flexibility.

Discretionary Elimination of Reduce Price Charges in the School Meal Programs (FNS memo SP 17-2014)

School Food Authorities (SFA’s) that are not currently operating a special provision may choose to offer meals at no cost to students approved for reduced price meal benefits. The cost associated with covering the reduced price student payments may be funded from the nonprofit food service account. Schools/agencies electing to use this flexibility will continue to receive reimbursement based on meals claimed by students in the reduced price category. Only paid students will be charged for meals. SFAs can choose to implement this option in their National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program and serving sites they operate.

Alternatively, SFAs can consider decreasing the reduced price charged to students, or decreasing it incrementally to better ensure the integrity of the nonprofit school food service account. Lowering or eliminating the reduced price charge will lessen or remove any financial barriers to access that these students might experience.

For more information please read memo SP 17-2014, dated January 22, 2014. Please call the CANS office at (605)773-3413 to speak to a Program Specialist to see if your program can benefit from this new program flexibility. Back to Top


Building for the Future
with the CACFP

Mealtime Memos for Child Care

The February 2014 issue of Mealtime Memo for Child Care, the monthly newsletter that includes menus, recipes, and activities related to child care, is now online.

New Year, New Healthy Food Choices

2013 has passed and 2014 has begun. This is a wonderful time for everyone to begin healthier eating habits. Child care providers can be very influential in introducing healthy food items to children.

In this issue:

• Everyone's Included: Providers, Children, and Parents
• Vegetable of the Month: Jicama
• Nutrition Fact of the Month: How do you know if a product is a whole grain?
• Nutrition Tip of the Month: It is important to have a good source of Vitamin C each day.

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Summer Programs Use of School and Census Data Changes

The USDA published a Policy Memo SFSP 05-2014, SP 05-2014, CACFP 02-2014 on November 12 2013, on the subject of using school and census data and USDA Policy Memo SFSP 03-2014, SP 03-2014, CACFP 01-2014 Census Data Release Fiscal Year 2014 on November 8, 2013 and both have changes for establishing sites as area eligible.

School data may be used to establish area eligibility for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sites, excluding camps. In order for a site to be determined area eligible, school data must indicate that the proposed meal location is located in a school attendance area where at least 50 percent of the children are eligible for free or reduced price meals. The data provided by National School Lunch Program State Agency each year is from a designated month, most commonly the month of October. At the discretion of the SFSP state agency, 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 may now be used to establish area eligibility.

The summer programs also use census data if a site is located in a Census Block Group (CBG) in which 50 percent or more of the children are eligible for free or reduced price school meals. The past two years, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has released new Census Bureau data each February. However, this practice has made early recruitment and approval of SFSP and SSO sites difficult because the data used to qualify the sites was subject to change. Therefore, the next census dataset will be released in October 2014. Until new data is released, sponsors should continue to use the data set release in February 2013 when using the census data to qualify area eligibility.

Check the summer webpage,, for application, training registrations and dates for summer feeding programs.

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

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Update on USDA Policy Memos

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 –

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School Health Guidelines Training

This FREE training is targeted towards all school personnel serving students in grades K-12, state education and health agencies, and other stakeholders interested in:

• Enhancing student learning
• Creating a healthier school environment
• Promoting healthy eating and physical activity
• Developing or enhancing a local School Wellness Policy
• Utilizing the strategies and actions presented under the nine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention school health guidelines

March 17, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (CST)
Kings Inn Conference Center and Hotel, Pierre, SD

Register online at

For more information contact Karen Keyser, Health and Physical Education Specialist, South Dakota Depart¬ment of Education, at (605) 773-6808 or email

Meals, mileage and substitute teacher pay will be reimbursed for up to 3 people per school district or agency. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kings Inn. Call (605) 224-5951 by March 3, 2014.

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Harvest of the Month

Harvest of the Month projects are open for applicants with funding that has been made available through the SD Department of Health. You may apply using the attached application through SDSU Extension which is collaborating to manage the mini-grants. You will be required to assist with pre- and post-implementation data collection to assess the impact of this project. Don’t delay as these applications are on a first come basis while funds are available. Email applications to

A new component for 2014 will involve local grocers or farmer’s markets in promoting fruits and vegetables as well. This option that includes distribution in grocery outlets is available. The new materials complement the HOM in schools with the HOM/ Pick it! Try it! Like it! component (

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Grant Opportunities and Deadlines from National Gardening Association

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.

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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:
• Let’s Move! Gives Two Green Thumbs Up for Gardening!
• Staying Active at The National Museum of Play
• Presidential Youth Fitness Program Supports Active Schools Nationwide

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

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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 2012 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 2012 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 2013 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 2013 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 2013 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 2013 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 2013 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 2013 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 2013 Certifications
Hanson School District
Aberdeen Catholic Schools
Holy Cross School

December 2013 Certifications
Sitting Bull School

January 2014 Certifications
Bison School
Henry School District
Warner School District
Florence School District
Northern Hills Training Center
Burke School District
Sioux Falls Lutheran School Association
Ability Building Services
St. Mary Dell Rapids Catholic School

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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

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

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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