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A Note from Sandra

Have you heard of the relatively new word “Hangry”? It refers to being grumpy or angry when we are hungry. Do we see that in folks from children to adults, both in our home and work families? I think of the ad for a candy bar given as a snack to someone who has to be what is referred to as hangry – the idea is there but the solution may not be the best. What can you do to help children have access to good healthy meals/snacks to help them avoid being hangry, and to have a successful day? Can you start serving breakfast or afterschool snack? Can you improve access or participation? Do all of your constituents know the meal is available?

As noted in an article in this Bulletin, the nondiscrimination statement has changed. The Civil Rights training will be updated very soon to reflect the change. Important things for you to note are updating your website and materials you distribute that contain the language.

The new CACFP meal patterns have been commented on and are in process. I expect it will be several weeks yet before we see the final regulation.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and safe travel whether it is across town or across multiple states. I am reminded of the poem about being thankful for dirty dishes – they tell a story of having food to care for our needs and for most in food service, providing for the needs others have.

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USDA Comment Collection on Special Milk Program

USDA is seeking comments on the Special Milk Program. They are looking for information regarding

a. whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
b. the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
c. ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected;
d. ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology

The Federal Register notice was posted October 27. The comments should be submitted to or faxed to (202) 395-5806. Comments are due within 30 days of the notification, which was posted Oct 27, 2015.

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The Nondiscrimination Statement (NDS) has changed as noted in memo MPRO SP 01-2016 in the policy memos section. You will find the complete new version on the CANS website at

All documents, pamphlets, websites, etc. that refer to the food distribution and child nutrition programs should be updated as follows:
1. Websites must be updated by November 20, 2015;
2. Documents, pamphlets, brochures, etc. using NDS language prior to 2013 must be updated by December 31, 2015;
3. Documents, pamphlets, brochures, etc. using 2013 NDS language should be
updated when supplies are exhausted or by September 30, 2016; or
4. All new printing must use the 2015 NDS.

We also learned that the nondiscrimination statement is not required on menus because it is not transferring information about eligibility for the program.

If you use the short version on any documents, the correct statement is “This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”

New “And Justice for All” posters are in design/printing phase and will be distributed when we receive them. Use the old ones until you receive a new one.

Please contact the CANS office if you have questions about this change.

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Check-In With CANS

Check in with CANS is a monthly conference call open to all agencies on NSLP & SBP. The check in call will contain a brief discussion of hot topics, then the call will be opened up so you can ask questions. The call is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 2:30 pm CT / 1:30 pm MT. To join the conference call, dial 1-866-410-8397 and enter code: 8454202081.

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Kitchen Equipment Grant – Available

A prime opportunity for schools to obtain or replace equipment is provided by the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Act. If you need funding to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, with emphasis on more fruits and vegetables in school meals, improve food safety, and expand access. There is $58,858 available in South Dakota.

Priority must be given to schools with 50% or more eligible free/reduced price meals. In addition, SFAs must give priority to schools that did not receive a previous NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant award under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the FY 2010 and Agriculture Appropriations Acts FY 2013 and FY2014.

Applications are due by midnight central time November 20, 2015.
Grants to qualifying SFAs will be announced no later than December 4, 2015.

The equipment assistance grant application will be posted to the SD CANS website by October 15, 2015. The grant application is on the CANS-NSLP website, or contact the office at 605-773-3413 if you have questions or cannot access the application, we will mail, fax, or email it to you directly.

2015 Grant Announcement

Equipment Grant Application

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October Survey Information

Information sheets for USDA Foods:

The October Survey is no longer required. October site data will now automatically transfer from your October Claim for Reimbursement into the iCAN Site Enrollment. You can access the Site Enrollment from the School Nutrition Program (SNP) Applications menu.

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School Lunch Verification

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Verification deadlines are fast-approaching.

Here are some dates to be aware of and some very important updates and reminders about the NSLP Verification:

1. NSLP Verification webinars were presented on October 8 and 22 at 10:00am CST each day.
a. October 8 discussed the verification of applications process.
b. October 15 discussed the verification data collection process in iCAN (completing the 742 form)

2. NSLP Verification Process can begin any time after October 1 and must be completed by November 15.

3. Summary of Verification (Verification Report in iCAN) is required for all SFAs on school lunch and is due December 15.
a. See memo NSLP 51.7 on CANS website.
b. Verification will be reported in iCAN – paper forms will not be accepted.

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2016 Summer Food Service Program Planning Begins

The Summer Meals Newsletter, November 2015 edition gives you great information and guidance of ways to start the budget plan for 2016. The upcoming national webinars are also listed in the November issue. Please click on and go to the SFSP Sponsor Newsletter and find the issue you wish to view. November 19th the USDA – Food Nutrition Service FNS will have the Fall Policy Release Webinar, which will give you a first exposure to any changes to the summer program of 2016. The link is found in the SFSP Sponsor Newsletter November issue.

South Dakota Partners Against Hunger events I mentioned in the October newsletter have been finalized. The organization news feed has an article on Summer Food Service Program, see The organization will be encouraging people to attend the 2015 McGovern Hunger Summit which is free and open to all, but would like to please register at the link provided for a headcount. There will not be an additional event on the east side of the state as reported in the October newsletter.

December 8, 2015 the Western South Dakota Community Action Program in Rapid City will be hosting an event for those agencies wishing to become more involved in addressing the hunger issue by sponsoring a summer feeding program, organizing a food pantry, or any other way that might fit the needs of your community. SAVE the DATE of December 8, 2015 and the contact phone number to learn more about the event is (605) 348-1460.

Activities enhance your summer feeding programs and this year start thinking about a Farm to Summer program, by networking with a local school, food pantry, or community group that is doing a gardening project that could be an activity your students take part in some manner. The ultimate result would be beneficial for the children to learn where their food comes from, how it grows and all the educational aspects of this kind of program. There is an article on TEAM Nutrition in this newsletter that has grants that might be appropriate for a project you may have in mind.

The administrative reviews for the Summer Food Service Program have been completed. I want to emphasis the agencies on National School Lunch Program NSLP and School Breakfast Program SBP are not required to continue the NSLP or SBP meal pattern when they start the summer program of SFSP and they can choose to use the SFSP meal pattern. If the agency chooses to use the NSLP and SBP meal patterns while on SFSP for the summer, all the documentation supporting the meal pattern including the whole grain documentation, the vegetable sub-groups requirements for the 7, 5, or 4 day which ever you are doing during the summer months, are required. Noncompliance with the chosen meal pattern can lead to disallowed meals and fiscal action resulting in a repayment of reimbursement to the DOE; known as an over claim. When beginning to plan for the summer, send staff to appropriate trainings to equip them with the necessary requirements. The SFSP trainings are on SFSP meal patterns and if staff will be looking to use the NSLP and SBP trainings, find those trainings prior summer if there is a need; otherwise consider them doing the SFSP meal pattern and attending the SFSP Operational Training offered in April.

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Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Initiative

Does your school promote health and wellness for your students? Get recognized and receive funding for your efforts by applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) initiative! Join Action for Healthy Kids and the United States Department of Agriculture on this webinar to learn more about how your school or district can become recognized.

Register today! Receive Recognition for Your Wellness Efforts: Navigating the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Initiative

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
3:00-4:00PM ET, 2:00-3:00PM CT, 1:00-2:00PM MT, Noon-1:00PM PT

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Professional Standards Rule

USDA recently released Memo SP 39-2015 – Questions & Answers on the Final Rule “Professional Standards and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010”. This memo includes Q&As regarding the Professional Standards requirement, which may be a helpful resource for school food authorities.

Please follow the link to view:

Released March 2nd brochure available at
• Starts July 1, 2015
• Hiring standards for Food Service Directors

Annual Training Requirements:
Who SY 15-16 SY 16-17 and beyond
SFA Directors 8 Hours 12 Hours
Managers 6 Hours 10 Hours
Staff 4 Hours 6 Hours
Part-Time/Volunteers 4 Hours 4 Hours

• For SY 15-16 any training completed in 3 months prior to July 1, 2015 will count.
• Everyone grandfathered in that is currently employed
• See above link for details
Please view the Professional Standards handout by clicking here.

Scroll down the CANS-NSLP page and check out the Professional Standards and Training Opportunities section. Information provided includes:
• Links to training opportunities
• USDA Professional Standard Regulation
• Q&A on Professional Standards Regulation
• USDA Professional Standards Learning Objectives and Learning Topics

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SDSU Extension – Team Nutrition Updates

Help educate youth about wellness, where their food comes from, and give them a tasty sample. Mini-grant funding for nutrition education and food tasting events in schools and agencies using National School Lunch Program funds for meals or snacks is available through an easy application process. Implementation is simple and options for using the funds are varied. Just keep receipts and complete a simple pre/post survey to meet the requirements. Share this information with outside of school staff or partner with health educators and elementary teachers. Go to

Farmers Grow MyPlate Sub-grant
The purpose of this sub-grant is to actively engage children in learning about how foods from the five MyPlate food groups nourish them, and how they are produced. An approach that incorporates nutrition education, food preparation, physical activity, and field trips to production or processing facilities is highly recommended. Sub-grant recipients will be reimbursed up to $600 for budget-related expenses including food expenses, field trip costs, and staff hours for preparation beyond normal work schedules.

Harvest of the Month Sub-grant

The purpose of the Harvest of the Month mini-grant is to actively engage children in learning about and exposing them to sample fruits and vegetables. A team approach including the school, parents and community grocers is recommended. The mini-grant should be used in schools, after school programs, preschools, and summer programs. Grant recipients will be asked to evaluate their programs with pre- and post-surveys to see that children are increasing their knowledge and willingness to eat fruits and vegetables. Grant funding will be based on the total enrollment of the class(es) who will experience HOM: 0 to 100 children = $125, 101 to 200 children =$250, 201 to 400 children =$500. It is acceptable to request smaller amounts. In an effort to involve grocers or farmers’ markets in promoting fruits and vegetables, the grant will also provide free print resources for HOM/Pick it! Try it! Like it! materials for the grocers or vendors who agree to provide these complimentary materials to shoppers in their stores.

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Food Waste: Current Issues and Emerging Solutions Webinar

This webinar offered many good resources if you are looking to lessen food waste. President Obama has challenged us to reduce food waste by 50% by the year 2030.
American shoppers are collectively responsible for more wasted food than farmers, grocery stores, or any other part of the food-supply chain. The average family spends a shocking $2,225 every year on food they don't eat. This problem is so massive that if food waste were a country, it would have the third-largest environmental footprint after the United States and China.

Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook (Chronicle Books) aims to change that. Written by NRDC staff scientist Dana Gunders, this essential guide—packed with engaging checklists, creative recipes, practical strategies, and educational infographics—offers easy ways to save food and money. The good news: Cutting food waste doesn't require significant time and effort. Follow Gunders' genius advice for smarter grocery shopping, ingredient storage, and meal planning. All it takes are a few simple behavior tweaks to take a real bite out of this problem.
What if three major industries could come together to reduce the amount of waste being sent to America’s landfills? At the same time, what if more food could be donated to help feed hungry families?

These are the goals of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), an initiative of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (representing food and beverage companies), the Food Marketing Institute (representing food retailers), and the National Restaurant Association (representing the foodservice industry). Established in 2011, the FWRA has already engaged more than 30 leading companies and stakeholder partners, including Feeding America and Waste Management, Inc. With a record one in six Americans receiving food assistance and landfills that are increasingly over-burdened, the need to tackle the challenges of food waste has never been more urgent. Working collaboratively across sectors, the FWRA seeks to reduce the amount of food waste generated, increase the amount of safe, nutritious food donated to those in need, and recycle unavoidable food waste, diverting it from landfills.
Ask Karen: Your Food Safety Expert
Want to know how long you can safely keep meat in the refrigerator? Or how long to boil an egg? How about whether it’s better to use wooden or plastic cutting boards?

Just ask Karen, your guide to expert knowledge on handling and storing food safely and preventing food poisoning.

USDA FoodKeeper App for Android or Apple
The FoodKeeper can help consumers use food while at peak quality and reduce waste. The storage times listed are intended as useful guidelines and are not hard-and-fast rules. Some foods may deteriorate more quickly while others may last longer than the times suggested. The times will vary depending on the growing conditions, harvesting techniques, manufacturing processes, transportation and distribution conditions, nature of the food, and storage temperatures. Remember to buy foods in reasonable quantities and rotate the products in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.

Every year, billions of pounds of good food go to waste in the U.S. because consumers are not sure of its quality or safety. Food waste from households represents about 44% of all food waste generated in the U.S. By reducing food waste through buying appropriate quantities, storing foods properly, cooking what is needed and composting; consumers can save money and reduce the amount of food going to landfills.
The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) has developed a new infographic — Let’s Talk Trash (1-page infographic, 2-page infographic) — to inform American consumers about food loss and waste. CNPP is raising awareness about how individuals and families can reduce food loss and waste, in support of larger USDA efforts. This latest addition to includes consumer-friendly resources to help audiences think about the amount of food wasted at home. - See more at:

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Team Nutrition Mini-Grant available

Farmers Grow MyPlate Sub-Grant
The purpose of this sub-grants is to actively engage children in learning about how foods from the five MyPlate food groups nourish them, and how they are produced. An approach that incorporates nutrition education, food preparation, physical activity, and field trips to production or processing facilities is highly recommended. Sub-grant recipients will be reimbursed up to $600 for budget-related expenses including food expenses, field trip costs, and staff hours for preparation beyond normal work schedules.

• Applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 2015 and continue until all funds have been allotted.
• Grants will be implemented between January 1, 2016 and August 30, 2016.
• Notification of grant approval will be within one week of receipt.

The Farmers Grow MyPlate application is posted on the CANS Team Nutrition website at

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Farm to School News

Census data indicates that schools purchased nearly $600 million worth of food locally in school year 2013-2014, a 55 percent increase over school year 2011-2012 when the first Farm to School Census was conducted, creating new marketing opportunities for farmers and ranchers in their communities.

Initial results show that as of the 2013-2014 school year, more than 42,000 schools are bringing the farm to school. Nearly half (47 percent) of respondents indicated that they plan to increase local food purchases in the coming years.

Additionally, 75% of schools participating in farm to school activities in school year 2013-2014 enjoyed at least one of the following benefits: reduced food waste, lower school meal program costs, greater acceptance of the new meal pattern, increased participation in school meals or greater community support.

In addition to serving local food, farm to school programs often include food, agriculture, and nutrition education that emphasizes hands-on experiential activities, such as school gardens, field trips to local farms, and cooking classes. For example, students might dissect vegetables in science class, run farm stands using school garden produce to learn business skills, or practice data visualization techniques using plant growth measurements. All these activities contribute to an integrated approach to learning centered on food, agriculture, and nutrition, which independent research and testimony from teacher and school officials indicate can improve student’s formation of healthy habits and increase the likelihood that they will make healthy choices.

Census results can be accessed online at School districts have an opportunity to review or submit updated information regarding their farm to school practices through November 20, 2015. Final Farm to School Census results will be released in early 2016.

Fact Sheet: Schools Serving, Kids Eating Healthier School Meals Thanks to Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Websites of interest:

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Regulatory Updates

Updated Policies

Some policies have multiple numbers. That means those apply to multiple programs. One new policy has been issued that covers all of the child nutrition programs.

Child & Adult Care Food Program

Policies can be found at (CACFP memos).

10/22/2015 SP01 CACFP01 SFSP01-2016
Procuring Local Meat, Poultry, Game, and Eggs for Child Nutrition Programs

School Nutrition Programs (SP memos)

Policies that apply to school operation and administration can be found at One new policy has been issued since the last Bulletin.

10/22/2015 SP01 CACFP01 SFSP01-2016
Procuring Local Meat, Poultry, Game, and Eggs for Child Nutrition Programs

Summer Food Service Program

Policies that apply to Summer Food Service Program. Current policies can be found at– One new policy has been issued.

10/22/2015 SP01 CACFP01 SFSP01-2016
Procuring Local Meat, Poultry, Game, and Eggs for Child Nutrition Programs

Food Distribution

No new policies have been issues for food distribution programs since the last bulletin. Current policies can be found at:

Food Distribution policies for school nutrition programs can be found at

The Emergency Food Assistance Program –

Commodity Supplemental Food Program –

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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:
• Chefs Move to School!
• Let’s Hear It for Farm to School Salad Bars!
• Fall Harvest Fun

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

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