Articles in this issue:

A Note from Sandra

March is Nutrition Month. The theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. Information about it and activities that can be done can be found on the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics website at Enjoy!

Progress continues on the computer projects. While dates have not been set for training, it will be coming this spring. There will be two separate sessions for schools (on iMATCH for direct certification and on iCAN for agreements and claims), and sessions later on for Child & Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program on iCAN for agreements and claims. We are looking forward to further reducing the paper. The USDA Foods portion of iCAN has had a major impact on reduction of paper usage. We look forward to continue streamlining of the projects.

Community Eligibility Provision for NSLP continues investigation on its impact on schools in South Dakota. There is no requirement for anyone to participate and if you choose not to participate this year, you can sign up next year. While it is not an all or nothing year, the requirement is that you complete work in the spring to be prepared for participation in the fall.

There has been discussion of waivers regarding implementation of breakfast changes and the Smart Snacks rule. We have not received any information from USDA to date and will pass it along when/if it comes. You should continue to plan to implement the changes as scheduled.

There apparently will not be a change in the meal patterns for Child & Adult Care Food Program at this time. We have not seen an official announcement from USDA regarding their plans for releasing changes.

Summer Food Service Program meal patterns have not changed. Seamless Summer Option programs will continue to follow the School Lunch and Breakfast Program patterns.

The Administrative Reviews for National School Lunch Program are going well. It takes a lot of work ahead of time to prepare for it, but the reviews are going well. We appreciate your cooperation through this new process.

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Crediting Greek Yogurt

A question recently arose about Greek yogurt. The question was if Greek yogurt credits any differently than regular yogurt.

All standardized yogurts, Greek or otherwise will credit the same regardless of the protein content. Since the yogurt contribution is backed by program regulation that takes more than protein into consideration, such as iron for example – yogurt credit based on protein content alone is not under consideration. For both soy and standard yogurt (to include Greek yogurt varieties), the FBG credits 8oz as equivalent to 2oz M/MA. There is no minimum amount of protein required.

From the Food Buying Guide: A serving of yogurt includes plain or flavored, unsweetened or sweetened – all types of yogurt must be commercially prepared. Yogurt is further defined in the school meal program regulations under 7 CFR parts 210.2, 220.2(bb), 226.2, and 225.2. Further in it shows:
   • 4 oz crediting as one ounce meat alternate,
   • 6 ounces as 1.5 oz meat alternate, and
   • 8 ounce as 2 meat alternates.

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USDA’s Food Assistance Programs: Legacies of the War on Poverty (Amber Waves feature)

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the “War on Poverty,” formally launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson in his State of the Union address in January 1964. In his address, President Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty in America” in response to large numbers of Americans “with incomes too small to even meet their basic needs.” One of those basic needs—food—was soon to be a major component of how poverty was measured. Many of USDA’s food and nutrition assistance programs were designed to address this basic need and are legacies of the War on Poverty. Today, these programs remain on the front line of America’s antipoverty efforts. Read more of the interesting history on the programs on the web by clicking on the title of this article.

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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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Food Distribution

Over, Short or Damage Reporting Changes:

The requirement to submit electronically the OSD report will be removed for only those deliveries that are delivered correctly or as you had ordered. If you received damaged product, did not receive your requested amount, you received extra product or more quantity of the product than you had ordered, please continue to submit your corrections electronically. As with each delivery, you are still required to sign and date your bill of lading with the truck driver. One copy is returned with the driver, the other is for your records. The drivers copy will be returned to the warehouse, and the warehouse will submit to our office for payment.

Change overview:
1. If you have an issue with your order – electronically submit the changes to your OSD report within five (5) days of delivery.
2. If your order was received correctly and in good condition – Make sure to sign and date your Bill of Lading with your driver. Will not need to submit electronically.
3. Keep the bill of lading copy for your records.

School Year 2014-15 Survey

Watch your email for a notification that will be sent to the Program Contact and the Ordering contact listed on your contract on the iCAN system. As soon as the survey is open the ordering contact and the program contact will receive an email with instructions as to how to complete the survey. These instructions can be found in chapter 4, page 13, of your iCAN manual.

The March order, March 3 to 10, 2014, will be for the May delivery. This will be the last order for the school year.

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Food Distribution – USDA Memo

Please click here to view a recent memo regarding Food Distribution and Department of Defense (DoD) Vendors.

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National School Breakfast Week is March 3-7, 2014 - “Take Time for School Breakfast”

School cafeterias across the country will celebrate National School Breakfast Week (March 3-7) by hosting “Take Time for School Breakfast” celebrations designed to highlight how eating a balanced school breakfast contributes to academic achievement.

The 2014 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Take Time for School Breakfast,” encourages parents to consider the school breakfast program as a time-saving option for busy mornings. School breakfast choices include protein, grains, fruit or 100% fruit juice and low-fat milk and new nutrition standards for school meals mean more whole grains and more fruit at breakfast, while fat, sodium and calories are limited.

For more information, visit the links below:

SNA breakfast theme:
Share our Strength:
SoS breakfast:
Midwest Dairy Council:

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Crediting Processed Grains and Meat/Meat Alternates By Using a Product Formulation Statement (PFS)

A hot topic of conversation right now is about properly crediting processed grains, like cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, or bagels, and processed meat/meat alternates, like breakfast pizza, ready to eat burritos, and chicken nuggets.

First, you should know there is a hierarchy of acceptable documentation. CN labels, signed Product Formulation Statements, and if those are not available, the food buying guide.

Schools should ask vendors about CN labels for products they like. CN labeled products provide schools/agencies with a warranty against audit claims when the product is used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This means that the state agency believes the accuracy of the CN label component credits as long as the product is served properly.

If the food item does not have a CN label, the school/agency should ask vendors for a signed and dated Product Formulation Statement (PFS) from the food manufacturer. This is like the product specification or technical data sheet, but the USDA FNS has standardized the form for each component (memo TA 07-2010 revised 1/15/2013 - Any crediting information received from a manufacturer other than a valid CN label should be looked over by the school/agency for accuracy prior to the item being included in the reimbursable meal.

To show you how the grain PFS works, see the example below:

The manufacturer records the total gram weight of the whole wheat flour in column A and the total gram weight of the remaining grain products. Column B is 16 grams of creditable grain per ounce equivalent for grain bread chart groups A through G. See instruction in III for other grain bread chart groups.

As instructed in the final column divide the number in A by the number in B. If there is more than one source of grain add each row together and round down to nearest quarter ounce equivalent (0.25 oz. eq.). That number is recorded in the “Total Creditable Amount” area. In this example, this grain product credits as 2.0 oz. eq. grain/bread.

Click here to see PFS templates and samples. Scroll down to the Manufacturer’s Product Formulation Statement (PFS)

The final method that can be used for component crediting is the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG); this includes the updated grain bread chart The Food Buying Guide is an estimate of many brands and sizes of each component. If no other documentation is on file for your food items, this is the resource that your school/agency can use to look up for guidance.

For more information on using the food buying guide, check out this YouTube video from Main DOE Child Nutrition Please call the CANS office at (605) 773-3413 if you have questions about documentation to support component crediting. Back to Top


Building for the Future
with the CACFP

CACFP Training for 2014

Melissa Halling sent an email on February 18, 2014 to every agency that is currently participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This email alerted CACFP agencies that CACFP training for 2014 will change significantly than what has been offered or the past decade.

It has been decided that for this year only we will not be able to offer the CACFP Basic and CACFP Plus! trainings around the state as we have in the past. We hope to provide many training opportunities by way of webinars. The webinars will cover all of the required CACFP training topics. The details of those webinar sessions have not been worked out. Additional information about CACFP training will be provided by Melissa Halling as soon as the specifics are known.

For anyone wanting to get their CACFP training completed now rather than the wait and find out what training will be offered, agencies are more than welcome to use the CACFP webinars that are currently on our website at The webinars found at this link can be used at any time and certificates are issued when the quizzes are submitted and scored with a 75% or higher. Quizzes may be submitted to Melissa by mail, fax (605) 773-6846 or email to For those who work on Mac computers – the webinars do not play correctly on them. We apologize for that. We would be happy to send you the PowerPoints and handouts electronically if you would like. To request the PowerPoints and handouts electronically, please send an email to Melissa Halling.

In addition to the online webinars, we also have the following CACFP training materials available:

• Basic Training Videos - These videos are a taped version of the Basic Training sessions and are designed for new staff. They are available in both DVD and VHS format. The videos come with a set of handouts and training activities and may be duplicated for as many individuals as you need. There is a quiz for each video that must be submitted and scored with a 75% or higher to receive a training certificate. Quizzes may be submitted to Melissa by mail, fax (605) 773-6846 or email to If you wish, the videos and handouts may also be reproduced so that you have a set to keep at the center. Note: some of the information on these videos is not current information. There are inserts in the folders to identify changes that have been made since the videos were taped in 2007.

• Stepping Stones to Success Modules – This is a series of brochures and quizzes on each of the required CACFP topics. As with the webinars, certificates are issued when the quizzes are submitted and scored with a 75% or higher. Quizzes may be submitted to Melissa by mail, fax (605) 773-6846) or email to

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TEFAP Storage of USDA Foods

The Emergency Food Assistance Program requires the USDA Foods / commodities / donated foods are stored following the following:

USDA Food Distribution Regulations 250.14(b) Standards for storage facilities. Distributing agencies, sub-distributing agencies and recipient agencies shall provide facilities for the handling, storage and distribution of donated foods which:
(1) Are sanitary and free from rodent, bird, insect and other animal infestation;
(2) Safeguard against theft, spoilage and other loss;
(3) Maintain foods at proper storage temperatures;
(4) Excepting recipient agencies, stock and space foods in a manner so that USDA-donated foods are readily identified;
(5) Store donated food off the floor in a manner to allow for adequate ventilation; and
(6) Take other protective measures as may be necessary.

If you do not have enough storage space at the facility listed on the agreement you must submit the written contract that you have with the agency holding the food even if the contract is for $0. The contracted agency must have these requirements either in also be providing these requirements and it is advised to include this in your contract with them.

If you have any questions regarding storage requirements for USDA Foods, please contact Julie McCord, (605) 773-3110.

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Summer Programs – SFSP USDA and South Dakota CANS Webinar Series

Join us for any or all of webinars

To view webinar topics and register, click here:

It’s still cold out there, but we want you to start thinking about summer and how you can prevent summertime hunger right now. Please join us for any or all of our interactive webinars about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to learn how you can get involved with this wonderful program that feeds hungry children during the summer. Or simply join the webinars to share your experiences and connect with other interesting people. SFSP is a very creative program and it allows everyone to have a role whether you are a parent, business owner, non-profit, school employee, or elected official.

Background on the Summer Food Service Program:

Every summer when school ends, millions of kids and teens are at risk of going hungry because they no longer have access to the free and reduced-price meals they received when they were in school. The USDA has created the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to cover this summer meal gap. However, SFSP is one of the most underutilized government programs with only about 16% of eligible kids participating. This is why we need your help. You, as an individual or organization, can get involved in so many different ways. You can serve the meals, promote the program, provide transportation, volunteer at summer food sites, or even go out and find sponsors. Join our webinars to learn all about the program and how fun it is to get involved. For more information about SFSP please visit:

USDA Webinar Schedule:
• March 6 - Exploring the New USDA Summer Food Toolkit & Website
• March 11 - Be a Summer Food Champion This Winter
• March 13 - Can Elected Officials Help Feed Hungry Kids This Summer?
• March 20 - SFSP and CACFP 101
• March 25 - Utilizing Grants & Unique Partnerships to Serve More Summer Food
• March 27 - How Can You Solve Your Summer Food Transportation Problems?
• April 3 - Finding Ways to Keep Schools Involved in Summer Food
• April 9 - Make Your Summer Food Site the Talk of the Town

South Dakota CANS Webinar Schedule:
• March 13 - SFSP Prior Sponsor Webinar 2-4:30 CT/1-3:30 MT
• March 27 – NSLP Seamless Summer Webinar 2-4:30 CT/1-3:30 MT

South Dakota CANS Schedule:
• March 25 - SFSP New Sponsor Training in Pierre, SD 8-4:30 CT (Register immediately by emailing
• April 24 – SFSP Operational Training in Pierre, SD 8-4:30 CT

This month check summer website for applications for summer feeding programs.

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

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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 visit our CANS-NSLP page, and look in the top right corner called ‘forms’ to find the tool. Also featured include a PLE Webinar, and PLE slides.

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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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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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 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:
• Creating Healthier Out-of-School Environments for Kids Across the Country
• Transformational Changes in Schools Nationwide
• First Lady’s Favorite Recipes

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

February 2014 Certifications
Faith School District
Garretson School District
American Horse School
Huron Area Center for Independence
Pine Ridge School
Aspire Inc.
Marty Indian School
St. Martin’s Lutheran School
Haakon School District
Western SD Juvenile Services Center
Standing Rock-Rock Creek Day School
Lower Brule School District

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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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