Articles in this issue:

A Note from Sandra

Congratulations and Thank You to all Child Nutrition employees. Your work and dedication is appreciated. Best wishes to those who are retiring. I am sure you will be missed.

Progress continues on the computer projects! The iMATCH training is in May and you have likely already registered for that. Training dates for iCAN (agreements and claims) have not been established yet. In both cases, a variety of learning methods will be utilized. It has been a long time coming and we are so excited to see the changes.

Congratulations to Melissa Halling for a successful Management Evaluation of the Child & Adult Care Food Program. While there are a couple of findings that we need to address, there is also at least one noteworthy commendation. The school nutrition programs will have a Management Evaluation in late May.

Program reviews are winding up in all programs. Thank you for your cooperation as staff from Department of Public Safety and Child & Adult Nutrition Services complete these. The Administrative Reviews for School Meal Programs is a new process and is a very different approach, though early indications are that it is successful.

I am pleased to announce that Pam McCown has been promoted to Program Specialist in Child & Adult Nutrition Services. Many of you know her from the Food Distribution System. She has jumped into the new position with both feet – she went to SDASBO conference the day before her new job and participated in an Administrative Review on the first official day. That’s how her life goes – when she stared with our office, her first day on the job was as we started the journey with the iCAN system for food distribution.

Also pleased to announce that Jane Cronin will be joining the CANS staff in late May as a program specialist. She is a teacher with the Pierre School District and has also been a program specialist with the SDSU Extension Service.

‘Tis the season for surveys. We do try to keep them short when we can.
• Online needs assessment for meal requirements training needs can be accessed at That survey is still open and can be accessed at any time.

• A wellness policy survey has gone out to select schools on behalf of an SDSU graduate student doing work that will also benefit us;

• USDA’s SNOPS of select schools (we have about 10 on the list this year).

• An evaluation survey will be sent to schools on the new Administrative Review process. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and opinions.

Best wishes for a safe and relaxing summer! Stay well.

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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 by June 30. It is available on the CANS website under Community Eligibility Provision section. If you are eligible but choose not to participate this year, you can apply for the 2015-16 school year. Though it is an annual application, it is “not a one-time offer”.

National School Lunch Education Opportunities Summer 2014

Summer Courses for School Food Authorities training registration has been sent out. They are one-day courses in various areas of the state. School Nutrition Association’s Annual State Conference has also been finalized and registrations will be mailed as well as posted on the SNASD website and the CANS website.

There are opportunities for online learning through the National Food Service Management Institute at They have classes available through webinars, through regional trainings, and on-site in Mississippi.

Equipment Grant
USDA recently announced a limited amount of funds available for school food service to purchase equipment that will assist in preparing healthy meals. Once our list of equipment is approved, an application will be provided to SFAs.

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Updated Civil Rights Training now available

CANS has recently posted an updated child nutrition Civil Rights Training PowerPoint, and accompanying notes, from the national level.

Please visit the CANS homepage to view the training, or follow the appropriate links below:
- Civil Rights Training PowerPoint
- Civil Rights Training Notes

Be sure to have nutrition staff observe the training, and print the certificate at the end of the presentation. Names of nutrition staff that have observed the training should be included on the certificate.

Please contact the CANS office with any questions regarding the Civil Rights Training.

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USDA’s Whole Grain Resource Manual

One of the requirements in school nutrition programs for 2014-15 is that all grains must be whole-grain rich. USDA recently released a resource that provides an in-depth look at the whole grain-rich criteria for school meals. It updates and expands the previous whole grain resource from the HealthierUS School Challenge Application Kit, which now applies to all school meal programs. It includes exercises on identifying products that meet the whole grain-rich criteria and calculation examples. It is expected that a webinar will also be posted to the USDA site in the near future. Check it out at

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Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs Webcast

On May 6, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service announced the availability of a new Webinar recording “Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs” that highlights the whole grain requirements of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) and provides a detailed overview of the Whole Grains Resource. It includes tips for using the resource, supporting resources, and the questions and answers that were covered during the webinar.

To access the Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, please visit

For more information about whole grain requirements and the nutrition standards for NSLP and SBP, please visit

Product Formulation Statement reminder
Have a meat or grain product that you are unsure how it credits? Contact the manufacturer and ask for a filled out Product Formulation Statement. Follow the below link to find various samples and documents to use for the Product Formulation Statement.

USDA PFS Resource Page:

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iCAN September Order:
School year 2014-15 ordering will start July 14th and close at 9 am on July 21st. This will be for the September delivery. A list of upcoming OPEN ORDER PERIODS for SY 14-15 are posted on the logon page of iCAN.

iCAN Survey results:
Survey results will be posted on the Food Distribution website:, under the anticipated orders for SY 14-15.

History Reports:
1) FFAVORS usage can be found by entering your logon information on the FFAVORS website:
2) Value of Commodities Shipped for USDA Foods Orders
  • Are on iCAN, but will not contain complete information for the SY2013-14 until the beginning of June. We will send out an email to all Business Managers notifying them when the final information is available for them to print. (Review Chapter 10 in your iCAN manual). No hard copy of this report will be sent.
  •For Business Managers that do not currently have iCAN access, let us know and we can create a Business Manager setting (limited information) or you can complete the webinar and test to gain full Agency access to iCAN Food Distribution.
  •iCAN Webinar information: Listed as FSD iCAN Training in the Webinar section on the right side of the website page.

Nutritional Information Links:
• Links to SD Processor Fact Sheets and USDA fact sheets can be found under the links section of the FD Website:

To be included in the 2014–15 net off invoicing (NOI) program the following items will need to be received on or before May 23, 2014:
1. a copy of your bid,
2. your FINAL pounds and
3. award winning distributor information

The process does take some time to complete. Please plan ahead.

Summer USDA Food protection:
Summer is a time when school is out and most kitchens are vacated. If yours is one of them here are some time and possible money saving tips.
• Reduce the amount of product you will be carrying over the summer, whether in the store room, the cooler or the freezer.
• Make sure your policies and procedures are in place and followed to prevent refrigeration or freezer losses.
    - Each summer schools loose product due to electrical and mechanical problems.
    - Policies should include someone checking your walk-in coolers and freezers after every thunderstorm
. • Replacing the lost foods is more costly than you want to endure in addition to the mess of cleaning it all up.

Check your dry storage, refrigeration, and freezer temperatures daily during times of absence to avoid preventable spoilage. If you have a compressor motor go out overnight you may be able to move product to another freezer or repair the compressor without loss of the product. If temperatures are only checked weekly the possibility of preventing the loss is unavoidable. If you have a freezer malfunction during times when school is not in session you are still responsible for the loss as stated in CFR Title 7 part § 250.13 Distribution and control of donated foods. (e) Improper distribution, loss of or damage to donated foods. (1) If a distributing agency improperly distributes or uses any donated foods or causes loss of or damage to a donated food through its failure to provide proper storage, care or handling, the provisions set forth in §250.15(c) shall apply. (2) In instances when it is determined by a distributing agency that a claim exists against a sub-distributing agency, recipient agency, warehouse, carrier, processor or other person, the distributing agency shall pursue claims in accordance with §250.15(c).

As always if you have questions concerning your USDA Foods please contact Mark Moen (605) 773-4769.

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Building for the Future
with the CACFP

Mealtime Memos for Child Care

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

March 2014

Healthy Meals on a Budget

As a Child and Adult Care Food Program provider, it is important to use a budget and purchase nutritious foods at an affordable cost. In this issue:

• Planning
• Purchasing
• Preparing
• Vegetable of the Month: Bok Choy
• Nutrition Fact: Caffeine
• Nutrition Tip: Purchase and use canned food safely.

April 2014

Vegetable Subgroups

A healthy diet should be full of colorful fruits and vegetables. There are a variety of vegetables to choose from that make a plate bright and colorful.

In this issue:
• Variety is the Spice of Life
• Cooking with Vegetable Subgroups
• Fruit of the Month: Apricots
• Nutrition Fact: Coconut Oil
• Nutrition Tip: Sugary beverages linked to childhood obesity

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

The Two Bite Club

Printed copies of The Two Bite Club are now available to order from Team Nutrition in English and Spanish. This educational storybook introduces MyPlate to young children. Parents or caregivers read the book to children and encourage them to try foods from each food group by eating just two bites, just like the characters in the story. The back of the book contains a MyPlate coloring page, a blank certificate for the Two Bite Club, fun activity pages for kids, and Tips for Growing Healthy Eaters.

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Summer Program Policy Memo’s

The Summer Food Service Program and the NSLP Seamless Summer Option new and renewal applications are being processed by the South Dakota Department of Education Child and Adult Nutrition Services. We have an increase in participation and during this period there may be a delay in response to questions related to some questions.

Since we met for summer feeding programs training there are USDA Policy Memorandums that have been released that require immediate implementation. Those on Summer Food Service Program can find the policy memos to read and review at

If you are doing the National School Lunch – Seamless Summer Option – the new memorandums are found at Any Policy Memo that has a date of March 1 or later was not included in the training materials created for the summer programs and are currently posted on the CANS Summer website of Please read them thoroughly and if you have questions please contact the Child & Adult Nutrition Services office. The program audits or reviews may begin as early as late May for those who start in May, June, or July for those on the review schedule for 2013-14.

Contact if you have summer feeding 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 PLE Tool. Also featured include a PLE Webinar.

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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Updated Policies

National School Lunch Program Check these out at

04/24/2014 SP42 SFSP17 CACFP11-2014
Sharing Aggregate Data to Expand Program Access and Services in Child Nutrition Programs

04/22/2014 SP40-2014
Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Culinary Education Programs

04/21/2014 SP39-2014
2014 Edition of Q&As for the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option

04/21/2014 SP38 CACFP10 SFSP15-2014
Area Eligibility Using Census Data

04/18/2014 SP37-2014
Fiscal Year 2014 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities

04/17/2014 SP35-2014
Grain Entrees Related to the Smart Snacks in School Standards

04/17/2014 SP36-2014
Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Exempt Fundraisers

04/07/2014 SP33-2014
FFVP: Pilot for Canned, Frozen and Dried Fruits & Vegetables Request for Application Guidance & Procedures for Selection of States and Schools

04/03/2014 SP41-2014
Clarification of the Policy on Food Consumption Outside of Foodservice Area, and the Whole Grain-Rich Requirement

Child & Adult Care Food Program
Check these out at

4/24/2014 SP42 SFSP17 CACFP11-2014
Sharing Aggregate Data to Expand Program Access and Services in Child Nutrition Programs

04/21/2014 SP38 CACFP10 SFSP15-2014
Area Eligibility Using Census Data

Summer Food Service Program
Check these out at

04/24/2014 SP42 SFSP17 CACFP11-2014
Sharing Aggregate Data to Expand Program Access and Services in Child Nutrition Programs

04/24/2014 SFSP16--2014
Streamlined and Simplified Summer Food Service Program Requirements: FAQs

Other policy memos can be found at:

USDA Foods for schools

The Emergency Food Assistance Program –

Commodity Supplemental Foods Program –

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HealthySD Physical Activity News

Here are a few May Physical Activity news blurbs to share as you wish with your community partners, coalitions, e-news, or just for your own info:

• Bike to School Day: On May 7, The National Center for Safe Routes to Schools encourages all youth to bike to school. Active transportation, for both adults and children, is a great way to help meet the current physical activity guidelines. For more information about how to participate check out:

• Fit Friendly Worksites: The American Heart Association (AHA) is recognizing worksites that support health-enhancing behaviors in their worksite through a fit-friendly worksite recognition program. Worksites interested can submit an online application during designated submission dates. After submission, AHA staff and volunteers review applications and determine a recognition level for worksites wellness efforts. Recognized worksites receive a recognition plaque, online recognition on the AHA website, consultation on workplace wellness and access to free AHA health tools.

• Staff Fitness Breaks: The Alliance for a Healthier Generation recently released some easy to follow exercise cards that individuals can do at home or while at work. These cards serve as great active break movements for long meetings. Access the fitness break cards here and get moving!

• 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth: The National Physical Activity Plan recently released an evidence based report card of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children and youth. The report card reviewed multiple levels of influence that can affect physical activity habits and other healthy behaviors, including built environment, policy and intrapersonal factors. This report can serve as an advocacy tool for adult decision makers by providing a level of accountability and call-to-action. Read the Executive Summary or Full Report to see how American children and youth scored.

• May is Exercise is Medicine Month: Celebrate Exercise is Medicine (EIM) month in May! The EIM initiative celebrates May as EIM month and offers free promotional fliers, an action and promotion guide, media tools and other tips and tools on the EIM website to help celebrate. Individuals can celebrate EIM month by becoming more physically active themselves or by planning and signing up a community event.

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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:
• National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
• Team USA Enters the Let’s Move! Olympics Opening Ceremony
• You’re Invited: White House Spring Garden Tours

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

March 2014 Certifications
McIntosh School District
Newell School District

April 2014 Certifications
Tiospaye Topa School
Tri-Valley School District
Mitchell School District
Harding County 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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