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A Note from Sandra


The school year is in full swing and routines have been reestablished. I hope that you include time to make healthy steps. Many organizations, including the School Nutrition Association, have programs that provide ideas for achievable goals that help you build in new healthy routines.

I am pleased to announce that Cheriee Watterson has been promoted to a new position of assistant director for Child & Adult Nutrition Services effective September 24. We will be filling that vacancy in the very near future. We are also pleased that Teresita (Teri) Heller joined the CANS staff in late August. We will be assessing job needs and increasing our cross training among all programs in the coming year.

As you will see in the article “Computerization of CANS”, we are ready to embark on the next stages of our computer projects. Please continue to be patient with the staff as they are involved with testing the system and preparing documents for training in addition to the regular process of approving applications. It’s an exciting and challenging time for us.

Another event that will begin in October for schools is preparing for reviews. Those who had reviews last year learned that there is significant time involved ahead of the on-site review. CANS staff will provide the off-site assessments and webinars on the process, including how to complete the off-site assessment.

I hope that you will find success as you move on in to the new program year. We say it often but it is never said too much: “Thank you for all you do to care for the students and children in our state”. Let me extend that to saying “Thank you for all you do to care for one another.” Those of you who attended the School Nutrition Association conference and heard the State of the Kitchen report heard reference to the concept of paying it forward. While it is not a new concept, do keep paying it forward. The idea of giving with no expected reward is a challenge for some people. The reward comes from inside – knowing we did something to help someone. It might seem like a small the deed to you but it can mean the world to someone else.

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iMATCH/PrimeroEdge update


The iMATCH/PrimeroEdge direct certification system is still having some issues. Some school districts and agencies seem to be able to use the system without many problems while other schools and agencies are unable to get any useful information out of the system. PrimeroEdge has a software patch that is supposed to take care of many of the reported glitches; this patch must successfully complete a South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) security scan process before installation on state servers. Sometimes patches get through the security scan quickly and sometimes patches must go through the process a couple of times before it is able to pass the scan. As soon as the patch passes the security scan, is installed, and looks like it has corrected some of the system issues either Sandra or a Child Nutrition Program Specialist will send an email to all iMATCH/PrimeroEdge users to alert you of the fix.

Until iMATCH/PrimeroEdge is functioning properly, an Excel spreadsheet of student matches and all unmatched students will be sent to all school districts/agencies. You should have received the first list, the July and August Excel spreadsheet, the week of August 25. If you have not received a list, please send an email requesting the list to DOE.SchoolLunch@state.sd.us. Remember that only Authorized Representatives and current users of iMATCH can receive this confidential list.

CANS will continue to send spreadsheets with SNAP and TANF directly certified student matches until iMATCH/PrimeroEdge is working properly. Once iMATCH/PrimeroEdge is working properly the Excel spreadsheets with the direct cert student matches will no longer be sent to schools. Instead, you will use iMATCH/PrimeroEdge to directly certify all SNAP and TANF students.

If you have questions about iMATCH/PrimeroEdge or the Excel spreadsheet with direct cert student matches send an email to DOE.SchoolLunch@state.sd.us with “iMATCH” or “Direct Cert” in the subject line.



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Computerization of CANS


The computerization of our programs and tools continues. The switch to the electronic matching tool (iMATCH) has faced significant challenges. I thank you for continuing to try to make it work and letting us know when it does not work. The company has submitted a patch for the programs that first has to pass a security scan. While we might think we would want that to be skipped to move the process along faster, the amount of personally identifiable information and potential for hacking if standards are not followed is not worth it. In the meantime, we will continue to provide the matches as we did last year.

Security of messages is a concern for all of us when they contain confidential information. In a recent training provided by the Bureau of Information & Telecommunication, we learned that messages between the state system and the k12 system are secure. If you are not on the state or k12 system and a message from us to you contains secure information, it will come through a secure system called Voltage. While it takes a couple more steps to access the information, you know that it is secure.

The next phases for iCAN are nearly upon us. Applications and claims for reimbursement will be processed. If you have done any on-line shopping or completed any forms on line, I believe you will find this a very usable system. Training will be conducted by webinars. One thing you could work on, if you do not know how to do it already, is to attach one document to another, such as attaching a document to an email. If you can complete that task, you will be able to upload documents to the electronic application document. Some pieces will be filled out on line while other pieces will be completed separately and uploaded into the application.

When we provide the internet site to you to access the system, you will want to see if you can get to that page or if there are firewalls that need to be adjusted to allow you access.
• The Child & Adult Care Food Program will submit applications online in October followed by their claims online in November (for the October claims). Training announcements will be provided to agencies according to the group type prior to that. The attachments have been provided to agencies to be completed so they are ready to upload those when the applications are completed. Training on claims will be held separately and claims for reimbursement will be submitted at site level.
• School Food Authorities (SFAs) will begin submitting applications by early November for School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Special Milk Program. These will be done in smaller groups after training. Groups will be invited to participate in training and multiple webinars will be offered. School programs already have their attachments that were submitted with the paper application. These will need to be attached to the application when the SFA submits their application. Schools will begin submitting claims on line in late December and January (for the December claims). Claims will be submitted in the traditional manner until that time. Most claims will be sponsor level for the ’14-15 year and switch to site level with the ’15-16 year.
• Summer feeding will submit applications online in the spring and their claims will also be submitted on line. Training on application submission and claims submission will be provided at the appropriate time in addition to training on managing the summer feeding programs.

In summary
Late September/early Oct
   CACFP webinar training for application submission

September-October
   CACFP submit applications

October
   CACFP webinar training for claims submission

November
   CACFP submit claims on line
   SFA webinar training for application submission
   SFAs submit applications

December
   SFA webinar training for claims submission

December/January
   SFAs begin to submit claims on line

February/March
   SFSP & SSO webinar training for application submission

March/April
   SFSP & SSO submit applications

June
   SFSP & SSO training for claims submission
   SFSP & SSO begin to submit claims on line




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Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)


In South Dakota, twenty-seven School Food Authorities (SFA) have applied for and are eligible for CEP. CANS is currently working hard to approve the applications, since this is the first year there are some challenges that ended up making the review and approval process a bit longer than anticipated.

It is time to celebrate your CEP success! Schools new to both CEP and a non-pricing program (all students eat free) have had several happy reports. One school that has several sites on CEP and several sites on the traditional school lunch method reported completing their free and reduced applications in record time, weeks earlier than normal. Another school reported a 30% increase in students attending breakfast and a 10% increase in lunch. It is still early in the school year, but we hope to pass along even more good news and school savings for those schools that are on CEP this year.

If you are interested in seeing if you school qualifies for CEP for next year, check out all the resources available on the CANS NSLP website: doe.sd.gov/cans/nslp.aspx and look for the Community Eligibility Provision heading. The “CEP Information Slides” link is a great place to begin. Please send an email to DOE.SchoolLunch@state.sd.us if you have specific questions about CEP after reviewing the available information.

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Check in With CANS

Conference Call with CANS is a scheduled monthly conference open to all agencies on the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. These calls have an open forum where participants can ask any program related questions. At the beginning of each call, a Program Specialist will plan a brief discussion of hot topics.

The first scheduled call is set for Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. CT / 1:30 p.m. MT.

To join the conference call, dial 1-866-410-8397 and enter code: 6507733610 (NOTE: the code starts with 650, not 605). If you have trouble joining the conference call, or have additional questions call the CANS office at 605-773-3413. Feel free to send in questions ahead of the call to DOE.SchoolLunch@state.sd.us please reference “Conference call question” in the subject line.

Transcripts of the topics or questions discussed will be posted sometime after the call to the CANS website main page, doe.sd.gov/cans/index.aspx, under Documents, Conference Calls.

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New Managers Class Reminder

Child and Adult Nutrition is offering two sessions of New Food Service Managers Training. This class is 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 is limited; preference will be given to new school Food Service Managers. 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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Validating SNAP, TANF AND FDPIR case numbers

In the new Eligibility Manual for School Meals http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/guidance-and-resources, on page 29 there is new language that schools should “validate” SNAP, TANF, AND FDPIR case numbers listed on a household fee and reduced price meal application.

EXTENSION OF CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY
LEAs must ensure that all children in a household that lists an Assistance Program case number on an application for any household member are provided free meal benefits. This extension of categorical eligibility also applies to the direct certification process. LEAs should validate case number(s)/other identifier(s) listed on the application by reviewing direct certification data or contacting local assistance program officials. For the extension of categorical eligibility, validation means a confirmation of an active case number.


To validate case numbers, the following procedures should be followed:
1. Check iMATCH/PrimeroEdge, if confirmation is not found proceed to #2
2. Email DOE.SchoolLunch@state.sd.us to request a SNAP or TANF case number look up with the CANS office, if confirmation is not found proceed to #3
3. Check with their local SNAP office, if confirmation is not found proceed to #4
4. Begin process to deny free meal benefit through Verification for Cause.

Once iMATCH is working properly, the process to validate case numbers will be:
1. Check iMATCH/PrimeroEdge, if confirmation is not found proceed to #2
2. Begin process to deny free meal benefit through Verification for Cause.

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Foster Children and the Eligibility for Free Meals


The 2014-15 version of the Eligibility Manual can be found http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/guidance-and-resources

A foster child is defined in Part 1B of this manual (page 13).

FOSTER CHILD means a child whose care and placement is the responsibility of an agency that administers a State plan under Part B or E of title IV of the Social Security Act, or a foster child who a court has placed with a caretaker household. These provisions only apply to children formally placed in foster care by a State child welfare agency or a court. They do not apply to informal arrangements or permanent guardianship placements that may exist outside of or as a result of State or court based systems. Whether placed by the State child welfare agency or a court, in order for a child to be considered categorically eligible for free meals, the state must retain legal custody of the child.

A summary of eligibility for foster children:

Foster child’s certification for benefits:
• If you have notice from Department of Social Services (DSS), those foster children are directly certified for free meals. No further verification is required. Keep the DSS documentation.
• If there is no direct certification for the foster child, but the family lists the foster child on a separate application or a part of an application with their own children, the foster child is categorically eligible for free meals. The child’s status for free meals is taken at face value, as with income-based applications. No further action/follow-up is required for approval.

A complete application for a foster child must provide:
• Name of the foster child;
• Indication of a child’s foster care status (checking the foster care box); and
• Signature of an adult household member.

Verification
• If an application is submitted for a foster child or the foster child is included on the foster family’s application, then the application is part of the verification pool.
• If the application is selected for verification, the foster child’s eligibility must then be verified if it was not directly certified, subsequent to submission of an application.

Other children in the household
• A foster child’s free meal status does not extend to other household members.
• If the foster family chooses to also apply for benefits for their own children, they can include children in foster care as household members. The inclusion of the foster child in household may help other children in the household qualify for meal benefits as the household size is increased.
- If the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits, this does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits.
- The foster family does not include payments received for care of the foster child as income.
- Any income earned by the foster child for a job should be included on the application.
- If the foster child moves away, the eligibility benefits of the rest of the household do not change because of the change in household size. Benefits are good for the whole year unless the family applies for and is eligible for higher benefits (moving from paid to free or reduced, moving from reduced to free).

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USDA Foods / Commodities


With the start of a new year and the start of deliveries it seems that we are having questions relating to deliveries and timing. Click here to access the delivery schedule. Orders are only open for a one week time frame. Three to four ordering dates are shown once you have logged on to the iCAN website. Information sheets for products in the warehouse are shown on the order form, see chapter 5, page 17. (Please click for nutritional fact links.)

SD Delivery Map

New personnel and iCAN access
If you are a new business manager or food service manager at your school and need to have access to place orders for USDA Foods/commodities you can review the training in the webinar section of the Food Distribution webpage. This same area will have a iCAN Test you will need to submit to: doe.icanhelp@state.sd.us.

Once we have your test we will seek approval from the superintendent or business manager at the agency you are requesting access. A username and password will then be sent to you.

Username and passwords are unique to the individual. This is a secure website for your school’s information. Please do not share your username or password with anyone. If someone you feel needs access to the information please contact our office.

FFAVORS Web Ordering Guidelines 2015

iCAN Manual: www.doe.sd.gov/cans/documents/iCANmanul.pdf

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program SY13-14 Preparation and Reminders


To ensure the FFVP runs smoothly, your school should:

• Establish a budget for the allocation period – do not overspend, but make sure to spend almost all of your allocation amounts

• Use the budget tracking tool from the FFVP page – Follow instructions, divide the allocation amount by the total number of weeks of school in the allocation period

• Pay attention to the flow of the program to make sure food service and other school staff understand how the FFVP works

• Establish partnerships on a local level with grocers, Health Departments, or extension services. State or national level partnerships can also be very helpful

• Incorporate nutrition education into the daily curriculum, preferably during the service of fresh fruits and vegetables

• If your school has less than ten operating days in the month of August, combining the August and September FFVP claims is acceptable

• FFVP does not allow:
- Processed of preserved fruits/vegetables (canned, frozen, dried)
- Dip for fruit
- Fruit or vegetable juice
- Snack type fruit products such as fruit strips, drops, or leather
- Jellied fruit
- Trail mix
- Nuts
- Cottage cheese
- Fruit or vegetable pizza
- Smoothies
- Fruit with added/injected flavorings
- Carbonated fruit

• FFVP Limits:
- Dips for vegetables
    - Use low-fat or non-fat dips
    - The amount used should be what is commonly noted as “serving size” for condiments: generally 1 to 2 tablespoons
- Service of “prepared” vegetables
    -Fresh vegetables that are cooked must be limited to once-a-week and must always include a nutrition education lesson related to the prepared item

As a reminder, do not use FFAVORS or commodity dollars to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for FFVP service.

For more information, please contact Rob Ingalls at (605) 773-2977 or rob.ingalls@state.sd.us

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Breakfast in School


Are you looking for ideas to implement breakfast, expand it, or increase participation? Several groups have ideas and resources such as No Kid Hungry, Dairy Council of the Midwest, Food Research Action Center, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and School Nutrition Association support breakfast availability and expansion. Groups working together can help spread a consistent message and maximize the limited resources.

According to information recently received in our office, “The Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign has created a tool that can help schools think about alternative methods to provide breakfast. The No Kid Hungry School Calculator is a resource that allows school officials to examine the financial benefits of using alternative models to provide crucial meals to kids. It can be found at NoKidHungry.org/SchoolCalculator.”

In South Dakota, for all agencies that participate in the school nutrition programs,
• 186 agencies offer breakfast at 797 attendance centers, and 218 offer lunches at 927 attendance centers.
• The average daily participation in breakfast is 26,600 and the average daily participation in lunch is this 101,551 during the school months.

Are you promoting breakfast? Do you know if children eat at home? Do you set schedules to give children time to eat breakfast?

Even though school has already started for the year, contact the CANS office if the school wants to change the agreement to make changes such as pilot breakfast or breakfast in the classroom.

As a reminder, schools that charge for meals and offer breakfast and lunch are required to notify families at least twice annually that if they are eligible for free or reduced price lunches, they are also eligible for free or reduced price breakfasts. One of the notices is in the application packet. The other notice can be done through a variety of methods such as robo-calling, website, printed on menus, special promotions, newspaper or newsletter articles and announcements, postcards, emails, etc.

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“Share Tables” and Re-Serving Food in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program


One option schools may use to help limit food waste is by using a share table. Specific foods listed below can be placed on a share table that is located after the point of service where the meal count is taken. It is a best practice to have the students place acceptable food on the share table before they sit down to eat. If that is not possible and students bring food to the share table after they have sat down to eat, kitchen staff must inspect each food item before returning it to the kitchen for re-use to see if it was opened, partially eaten, or damaged. Any opened, partially eaten, or damaged food should go in the trash bin.

Schools may allow hungry children to pick up food from the share table free of charge. Schools may give the shared food to a school nurse or to a local food pantry. School foodservice staff may also re-use the food placed on the share table in their school lunch and breakfast program.

Guidance from the SD Department of Health on allowable and not allowable foods for share tables:

• Whole intact fruit and vegetables can be re-used or shared as long as the food item goes through a wash process before being re-used or shared. Whole, intact fruit and vegetables include oranges, apples, pears, bananas, cherry tomatoes, etc.

• Pre-packaged foods, foods that are fully wrapped in cups, bags, cartons, etc. can be re-used or shared as long as the proper temperature is checked and maintained if it is a refrigerated or hot item. This can include milk cartons, crackers, wrapped baked foods, cereal, fruit in a cup, vegetables in bags, etc.

• Fruit and vegetables that are processed in some manner cannot be re-used or shared, since they are considered potentially hazardous foods. Processing includes cutting up into pieces, cooked, peeled, from a can, etc.

Any food that is processed and cooked, like spaghetti with meat sauce or corn dogs, cannot be shared on a share table. These foods are considered potentially hazardous foods.

Remember that using share tables is an option for schools to use to help combat food waste. Please consider if this flexibility would work for your specific meal service, set up, and school district policy. This option is not required for any school. Schools should continue working towards finding food items and combinations of foods that enhance student acceptance and participation and still meet meal pattern requirements.

If you have specific questions about something your school would like to re-use for service or share please discuss your situation with your local health inspector or send an email to DOE.SchoolLunch@state.sd.us with “share table” in the subject line.

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Smart Snacks Recordkeeping




The Smart Snack Rule has a required recorded keeping portion for the School Food Authorities and Local Education Agencies. Listed below are the requirements and a best practice suggestion to help you meet the requirements. Remember, both the Product Navigator and Product Calculator provided by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are great resources to find compliant Smart Snacks items.

Recordkeeping Requirements
• School Food Authorities and Local Education Agencies must be maintaining records such as receipts, nutrition labels and product specifications.
• School Food Authorities must maintain records for competitive foods sold under the nonprofit school food service account.
• Local Education Agencies must maintain records for all other competitive food sales.

These records will need to be available for review during the Administrative Review process.

Best Practices:
1. Designate a Binder to store documentation. This will make it easy for you to refer back to when ordering, help keep you organized and this will be reviewed during the Administration Review.
2. Section your binder into categories for easy look up.
    Categories should be for:
    a. Snack
    b. Side
    c. Entrée
    d. Beverage
       i. Elementary School
       ii. Middle School
       iii. High School
3. At a minimum copies of the following need to be kept:
    a. Receipts
    b. Nutrition Facts Label including Ingredient List or Product Specification
    c. We suggest to completing the Product Calculator and printing a copy of the Smart Snacks Product Calculator Results


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SD Policy on Exempt Fundraisers Recordkeeping


According to the SD policy on Exempt Fundraisers schools will need to be collecting data throughout the school year. This data will be analyzed at the end of ‘14-‘15 school year on how the rule has affected the fundraising of the school groups.

Exempt Fundraisers are those that do not meet the Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (commonly referred to as Smart Snack regulations).

Other Fundraisers are those that do meet the Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (commonly referred to as Smart Snack regulations). Examples: T-shirt sales, 5K runs, Family Fun Nights, selling only Smart Snack Compliant Foods

Please keep track of the following items as this information will help in making a determination as to whether the exempt fundraising policy should be changed or if we will continue with the current policy.

Groups Using Exempt Fundraisers and/or Other Fundraisers
1. School-Sponsored Group Name
   a. What was sold?
   b. What was the percent increase/decrease due to the Exempt Fundraisers Policy compared to last year?
   c. In addition to Exempt fundraisers did the group conducted OTHER fundraisers?
     i. If yes answer d and e.
   d. What percent of fundraising needs were met by using Other Fundraisers?
   e. What was sold

Groups Using ONLY Other Fundraisers
1. Group Name
   a. What was sold?
   b. What was the percent increase/decrease compared to last year?

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CACFP

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 2014-2015 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 www.doe.sd.gov/cans/cacfp.aspx#applications. 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 August 2014 issue of Mealtime Memo for Child Care, the monthly newsletter that includes menus, recipes, and activities related to child care, is now online.

August 2014

Understanding the Meat Alternate Component

Child care programs participating in the CACFP are required to have a meat or meat alternate component as a part of a reimbursable meal. Meat and meat alternates are an important aspect of any meal served because they provide essential nutrients. When meat is not used as the source of these nutrients, it is important to serve the appropriate meat alternates.

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• Understanding the Meat Alternate Component
Nutrition Tip: Added sugars
• Fruit of the Month: Sapotes
• Nutrition Fact: Nutrition benefits of eggs Back to Top



Pre-K Meal Patterns

We have had many questions in the CANS office about the option of a Preschool Meal pattern. Preschool meal pattern flexibility for NSLP and SBP is available and can be found on the Child and Adult Nutrition Services webpage under the Menu Planning References. Look for both Pre-K Lunch Meal Pattern Requirements and Pre-K Breakfast Meal Pattern Requirements to help make your decision on adding another meal pattern.

These meal patterns would give you the option to serve smaller portions of fruits and vegetables. There is also not a vegetable subgroup requirement for the Pre-K meal pattern. The Pre-K grain portion size is smaller than the K-5 grain size at breakfast. Also, there is no maximum calorie requirement, and sodium targets have not yet been set.

However, with this flexibility you need to be aware that this is a different meal pattern. This would mean that you would be completing an additional grade group on your production records (see PR template for PK grade group on CANS NSLP website). You must serve a larger portion of Meat/Meat Alternative on a daily basis to meet the preschool meal pattern. Also, at breakfast you must meet the requirements for a Meat/Meat Alternative. As we have seen in the past, meal patterns are being updated and in the near future this too will change.

Opting to serve lesser portions for Pre-K would require food service staff to learn another meal pattern, which may require staff training. Additionally, the Pre-K meal would need to be separated and recorded on the production record. It is also important to think about the financial feasibility to serve a larger portion of Meat/Meat Alternate to the Pre-K students (Pre-K 3-4yr olds 1.5oz vs K-8 1oz). The resources are available and the choice is yours. If you have questions about the Pre-K requirements, please send them to: DOE.SchoolLunch@state.sd.us use Pre-K in the email subject line. Back to Top



CANS Welcomes Teresita Heller


CACFP Application Update

Hello,
My given name is Teresita Heller, feel free to call me Terri if you prefer. I was born in Minnesota and moved to South Dakota in my early twenties. While I love the beautiful trees and crystal clear lakes of Minnesota, the rolling hills and colorful landscape of South Dakota has grown on me.

I have a daughter, Kimberly, who resides in Minnesota as a Kindergarten teacher. My son, Timothy, and his wife, Whitney, reside in Brookings, South Dakota where Timothy is employed by 3M. They are expecting their first child, a son, at the end of September. I come from a large family and have always enjoyed the farm life. Healthy eating was always a must in our household. I was fortunate to have a mother who was a fantastic homemaker and parents who were conscientious of good nutrition practices. I was taught how to grow, prepare and preserve food in its most nutritious state.

Having a family member living with a metabolic deficiency and a family history of food allergies and intolerances, nutrition has been the key for us to stay out of the hospital and living healthy and productive lives. I am a true supporter of fresh fruits and vegetables and how they promote wellness in many ways that are often overlooked. All areas of nutrition are important but I have yet to see anyone say “super- size me” when it comes to fruit and vegetables! ? Don’t get me wrong, chocolate is a staple in my life as well.

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Updated Policies


School Nutrition Programs

There have been a large number of policies issued regarding the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Special Milk Program since policies were listed in the May Bulletin. Read up on these policies that apply to school operation and administration at http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/policy

09/11/2014 SP63-2014
Smart Snacks Standards for Exempt Foods when Paired Together

09/08/2014 SP62-2014
New LEA Second Review of Applications Report

08/12/2014 SP59-2014
State Agency Fundraiser Elections and Exemptions

08/08/2014 SP58 CACFP14 SFSP20-2014
2014 Edition of Eligibility Manual for School Meals

08/04/2014 SP10-2012
Q&As on the Final Rule, “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs"

08/01/2014 SP57-2014
Updated Offer versus Serve Guidance for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program in School Year 2014-15

07/25/2014 SP21-2014
Community Eligibility Provision: Guidance and Q&As (v2)

07/11/2014 SP54-2014
Administrative Reviews and Certification for Performance-Based Reimbursement in SY 2014-15

06/30/2014 SP53-2014
Transition of Foods and Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value to Smart Snacks in School Standards

06/19/2014 SP51-2014
Eligibility Effective Date for Directly Certified Students

06/12/2014 SP50-2014
Extension of the Deadline for Local Educational Agencies to Submit Applications to Elect the Community Eligibility Provision

06/05/2014 SP23-2014
Questions & Answers Related to the “Smart Snacks” Interim Final Rule

06/02/2014 SP49 CACFP13 SFSP19-2014
Area Eligibility Using Census Data

05/20/2014 SP48-2014
Child Nutrition Database Release 18

Child & Adult Care Food Program

08/08/2014 SP58 CACFP14 SFSP20-2014
2014 Edition of Eligibility Manual for School Meals

06/02/2014 SP49 CACFP13 SFSP19-2014
Area Eligibility Using Census Data

05/19/2014 SP46 CACFP12 SFSP18-2014
Disaster Response

Summer Food Service Program

08/08/2014 SP58 CACFP14 SFSP20-2014
2014 Edition of Eligibility Manual for School Meals

06/02/2014 SP49 CACFP13 SFSP19-2014
Area Eligibility Using Census Data

05/19/2014 SP46 CACFP12 SFSP18-2014
Disaster Response

No new policies have been issued for USDA Food Programs. Policies can be found

Food Distribution for School Programs

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

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Farm To School – Available Resource



From beef and bison in Montana to apples in Michigan and radishes in Rhode Island, school districts across the nation bring school meals to life with creative sourcing strategies. The resources on the USDA Farm to School resource page will help guide you through the supply chain of fact sheets, policy memos & regulations, and how to buy locally, and correctly!

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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:
• A Movie Trailer You Won’t Want to Miss! – featuring First Lady Michelle Obama
• President Obama Declares September 2014 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
• A Fresh and Healthy Start to the New School Year

Visit the ‘Let’s Move Blog’ here to view recent stories, and more: www.letsmove.gov/blog/all

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Useful Links

Check out the useful links below to keep updated on healthy practices in your child nutrition programs.

Child & Adult Nutrition Services
Webpage
Nutrition Bulletin


USDA – check this site out for the most up-to-date information on program requirements
Webpage
MyPlate


School Nutrition Association of SD (SNASD)
Keep abreast of what is happening in the State Association by visiting the SNASD website and newsletter
Website
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.
Website
E-Newsletter

HealthySD.gov - check out this website for information on living healthy
Working on Wellness Newsletter

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