Articles in this issue:




A Note from Sandra



The old saying about the only thing we can depend on for sure is change –and that does continue. We do not always deal well with change – but sometimes we have to eat a good breakfast, put on our big kid shoes, and remember we are all in this together!

As noted in several prior Bulletins and separate emails, we continue the move to an electronic system iCAN. We appreciate your work and effort to complete this process. Food Distribution was the first phase and it is second nature after almost two years. The Child & Adult Care Food Program completed their applications in late summer/early fall and are filing their claims in the system. School Nutrition Programs are encoding applications now and will enter the February claims in March. Summer Food Service and Seamless Summer will enter their application packets later this quarter or early spring quarter and will enter claims on line.

The new meal patterns for Child & Adult Care Food Program were announced as noted last month. As a reminder, schools with preschool age children will want to review these and comment, if you want, because this meal pattern will affect the preschool children.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is seeking sponsors and sites to provide meals to children in the summertime in needy areas. A reminder of one of the changes last year in SFSP is that a School Food Authority (SFA) can use data from any month that would demonstrate eligibility (50%). This may allow SFAs to provide meals in previously ineligible sites. No meal pattern changes are in the works for SFSP; however, if you choose to follow the NSLP meal pattern you will need to utilize the most recent version.

The final rule on Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is expected late February or March of 2015. It applies only to National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. It does not apply to CACFP & SFSP.

Training plans are underway. The SFSP plans have been announced. The CACFP plans are in progress, and School Nutrition Programs will have training in early June again this year.

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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 scheduled call is set for Thursday, February 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm CT / 1:30 pm MT.

To join the conference call, dial 1-866-410-8397 and enter code: 7532909724. 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, http://doe.sd.gov/cans/index.aspx, under Documents, Conference Calls.



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Steps to Success: Creating a Healthier Environment for Students to Learn and Staff to Work – March 23, 2015


Interested in creating a healthier school environment? Developing and/or enhancing your School Wellness Policy?

Register now to attend training on promoting healthy eating (focusing on Smart Snacks in Schools), increasing physical activity in the classroom, and the importance of health promotion for staff.

The training, sponsored by the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health in collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG), will feature the AHG's national nutrition and physical activity advisors.

The training will be held on March 23, 2015 from 8:30-4:00 p.m. at RedRossa, 808 West Sioux Avenue, Pierre, SD. Participants will be reimbursed at state rates for meals, mileage, lodging and substitute teacher pay. A block of rooms has been reserved at state rates at the Ramkota Hotel, 605-224-6877 and the Governors Inn, 605-224-4200.

Click here for details. Or for more information contact Karen Keyser at Karen.keyser@state.sd.us or Kari Senger at kari.senger@healthiergeneration.org.

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New Smoothie Crediting Guidance


New guidance on smoothies allow for crediting of vegetables and yogurt including smoothies with yogurt at lunch.

Memorandum SP 10-2014, CACFP 05-2014, SFSP 10-2014 replaces previous guidance on smoothies, addressing the crediting of vegetables and yogurt in smoothies, and clarifies the use of fruit concentrates in CNP.

In the new memorandum the following changes have been made:
• The crediting of yogurt in smoothies as a meat/meat alternative for the lunch meal pattern.
• The crediting of vegetables contained in smoothies from any vegetable subgroup in the following forms: fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables, 100% vegetable juice, and 100% vegetable and fruit juice blends.
• Pureed vegetables and fruits, when served in a smoothie, credit as juice.
• Vegetables from the dry beans and peas subgroup may credit toward the vegetable meal pattern requirement as juice when served in a smoothie.

This policy on the crediting of vegetables in smoothies applies in the breakfast and lunch meals, including afterschool snacks.

It is still critical to offer a variety of fluid milk choices and monitor milk consumption. The service of smoothies should not compromise the consumption of milk. The addition of yogurt to smoothies does not serve as a substitution for fluid milk.

Please contact the CANS office at DOE.SchoolLunch@state.sd.us, or call at 605-773-3413 with any questions.

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NSLP Food Distribution


USDA Food Ordering:
Only two more iCAN orders for School Year 2014-15
• The April delivery will open February 9th and close February 17th at 9:00 am CT
• The May delivery will open March 9th and close March 16th at 9:00 am CT

Fresh Fruits And Vegetables Order Receipt System (FFAVORS WEB):
• We are at the half way point for the school year. Your entitlement usage
• If you are having issues with access to FFAVORS WEB please contact Karen Kenton at karen.kenton@dla.mil or 303-961-1235 cell.

Annual Survey:
Watch your email for the notification of when the “Annual Request Survey” will open.
• If this is your first year as the food service director, this survey is an estimate of what you would like to see available through iCAN Food Distribution in School Year 2015-16.
• If when I combine all of the requests there are not enough requests to fill at least a half truck load of the product I will not place orders for that item
. • This is also the survey that will set the amount of FFAVORS funds you will have available in School Year 2015-16.
• I anticipate the survey will open in the next few weeks and be open for two (2) weeks.

Invoice Notices:
• We send out an email to ALL Billing Contacts listed on the iCAN Food Distribution system notifying them that their invoice has posted. The system will generate an invoice for every order placed, however, only those Agencies ordering Processed Items will have a balance due.
• This email is your notification to print your iCAN Food Distribution invoice and start your procedures to send your payment to Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS).
Instructions can be found in the iCAN Food Distribution manual (link to manual: http://www.doe.sd.gov/cans/documents/iCANmanul.pdf) in chapter 8 starting on page 35.
• If you are not the correct person to be receiving the notifications please email doe.icanhelp@state.sd.us and identify who should be listed as the Billing Contact for your Agency. • Past due invoices will cause your agency’s orders and deliveries to be placed on hold.


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USDA Foods Webinars



Join us for our winter/spring USDA Foods webinar series for school programs! Get ready for SY-2016 ordering with this variety of practical topics.

Webinar #1: USDA Foods Entitlement from the Federal to the State Level
Tuesday, February 3, 2-3 p.m. EST
Janet West (USDA/FNS) and Mike Birkmeyer (Maryland)
Moderated by Peggy Cantfil (USDA/FNS)

Webinar #2: State Panel: Managing the USDA Foods Ordering Process
Wednesday, February 11, 1-2 p.m. EST
Chris Facha (Oregon), Linda Hubeny (Connecticut), and Angela Hodapp (Texas)
Moderated by Peggy Cantfil (USDA/FNS)

Webinar #3: USDA Foods Entitlement and Inventory Management from the School Food Authority Level
Wednesday, February 25, 2-3 p.m. EST
Cynthia Barton (Texas), Crystal Cooper (North Carolina), and Beverly Girard (Florida)
Moderated by Janet West (USDA/FNS)

Webinar #4: USDA Foods and School Breakfast
Friday, March 6, 2-3 p.m.
Julie Skolmowski (USDA/FNS) + Guest Speakers TBA
*March 2-6 is National School Breakfast Week*

Webinar #5: Why and How USDA Foods and Schools Support Domestic Agriculture and The Agricultural Market Outlook
Wednesday, March 18, 2-3:30 p.m. EST
Peggy Cantfil (USDA/FNS) and Dave Tuckwiller (USDA/Agricultural Marketing Service)
*March 18 is National Agriculture Day*

Webinar #6: USDA Foods Nutrition: New Foods, Pilots, Sodium Targets, and Allergen Information
Wednesday, March 25, 2-3 p.m. EST
Christina Riley (USDA/FNS) and Julie Skolmowski (USDA/FNS)
*March is National Nutrition Month*

Register here for as many webinars as you wish: https://usdafnsocco.wufoo.com/forms/usda-foods-webinar-series-for-school-programs/

If you have any questions, contact Lindsay Walle at Lindsay.Walle@fns.usda.gov or (703) 305-2833.

Upon registration, you will receive a copy of your registration form for your reference. Before each webinar you selected, you will receive an email with the LiveMeeting and audio connection details.

*Note: Check your system before the webinar to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office LiveMeeting.

You may need to install LiveMeeting on your computer.
Read this article for additional guidance on using LiveMeeting on a Macintosh computer.
In addition to using LiveMeeting to view the presentation, you will need to call the phone line and enter your participant passcode to hear the discussion.

Can’t join us live? A recording of the webinar will later be available on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service YouTube channel.

View the webinars from our fall series featuring chefs and recipe resources:
• October 16 – Creating Healthy Menus Using USDA Foods
• November 6 – Versatility and Value: Making Sense (and Cents) of Your USDA Foods
• December 4 – Anatomy of a Standardized Recipe: Finding and Creating School Recipes for Success with USDA Foods
• December 18 – K-12 Cooking with USDA Foods: coming soon!

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iMATCH – How to Download an Export File


How do I get my list of Directly Certified students now that the state isn’t emailing it to me every month?

It’s easy!

Log into iMatch, PrimeroEdge, to export the list! Easy step by step instructions have been added to the Dashboard in iMATCH. These will walk you through the process of how to find your list of matched students.

You can customize the list in many different ways:
• Specific date ranges
• Only students who have transferred into your school
• Any matches that you have made manually within the system
• Any sibling matches that you have made within the system

If you need password reset please email doe.schoollunch@state.sd.us

If you have any other questions please contact PrimeroEdge support:
Email: support@primeroedge.com
Phone: 866-442-6030

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CACFP

Building for the Future with the CACFP



Proposed CACFP Meal Patterns Have Been Published

On January 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule with new science-based nutrition standards for meals provided through USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). With over 3 million children receiving meals from the CACFP each day, the proposed meal patterns will help ensure children have access to healthy, balanced meals throughout the day. The rule will also provide older adults and adults in nonresidential daycare settings greater access to nutritious foods.

We strongly encourage you to review the proposal and offering comments during the 90 day period. The 90 day comment period ends on April 15, 2015. The proposed rule can be found at www.regulations.gov. The easiest way to find the rule is to search for the docket number FNS–2011-0029 The title of the rule is: Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 The rule was published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2015. The above link is a Web-based portal which makes it easy for you to participate in the federal rulemaking process. The USDA assures us that they will consider carefully all comments that are received before the final rule it is implemented. For more information about the proposed changes, please visit: www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/federal-register-documents.

Mealtime Memos for Child Care

The January 2015 issue of Mealtime Memo for Child Care, the monthly newsletter that includes menus, recipes, and activities related to child care, is now online.

Happy New Year! The beginning of each year is a great time for reflection and change, reflecting on the things you did well in the previous year and making a list of the changes you wish to make in the new year.

Setting Goals for the New Year

In this issue:
    Goal Setting
    Recipe of the Month: Berry Banana Split
    Nutrition Fact: Norovirus
    Fruit of the Month: Clementine

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Twice Annual Health Inspections


Are all of your food preparation and feeding sites receiving two health inspections per year?

Schools/agencies that serve meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) are required to maintain proper sanitation and health standards in conformance with all applicable State and local laws and regulations. In addition, schools are required to obtain two school food safety inspections per school year, which are to be conducted by a State or local governmental agency responsible for food safety inspections (7 CFR 210.13 and 7 CFR 220.7). This also requires schools to post the latest inspection report in a visible location and to make it available to the public upon request.

CANS works with all state and local health inspectors annually to request health inspections for our program schools and agencies, however, we are not aware if those health inspections occur unless a copy of the health inspection is sent to the CANS office. Specifically for Indian Health Services, IHS will send a breakdown of when inspections occur, however, it is the school’s responsibility to forward a copy of the inspection on to the CANS office. This can be in the form of email, fax, or postal mail.

If your school does not receive two inspections, it is the school’s responsibility to make a written request to your state or local health inspection agency to request a health inspection be completed. Keep that written request on file with your old health inspection reports. During an Administrative Review, this documentation will be checked and documented. If you have not made a written request (and kept that documentation) and do not have two health inspections completed each school year, your school is in violation of this program rule. Written requests can be sent by mail, email, or fax.

If you have questions about this requirement or any other NSLP or SBP requirement please send an email to doe.schoollunch@state.sd.us or call the CANS office at (605) 773-3413.

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Wish List Due


The food pantries and food banks participating in TEFAP were given a list of the USDA Foods/Commodities available for the program similar to those found on the link http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/tefap/FY2015_TEFAP_Foods_Available_List.pdf. The list was sent to contacts to rank their wish list and submit that to the Child and Adult Nutrition Services to use in prioritizing food order requests for South Dakota as entitlement is available. If you have not returned the survey, please complete and send to julie.mccord@state.sd.us.

The food pantries sent their renewal agreement in for FY 2015 in July through October of 2014. If you have any staff changes, address changes or modifications to your operation since that time, please contact the state agency to communicate those changes. To do that contact Child and Adult Nutrition Services by calling (605) 773-3413 or emailing Karen.Webber-Boyer@state.sd.us and requesting the TEFAP information statement to update the data.

The food pantries audits/reviews being completed on behalf of the state agency are currently being conducted by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety inspectors. Each food pantry should have the Justice for All poster displayed in a prominent area were all participants can see it. Continue to use the Household Income Eligibility criteria for the July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 period for determining family eligibility. Monitor and document your temperature logs for all storage areas and practice safe food practices; thus keeping the USDA foods in your inventory safe to distribute to families.

Send in monthly inventory reports and signed Bill of Lading reports with-in 3 days regardless if there are any over or shortage items on the delivery. The annual required Civil Rights training should be completed by now along with your updated Pest Control Plan and Storage Self-Evaluation. Make sure you have the documentation of each of these on file prior the inspection for program compliance.

If you have questions, contact Julie McCord, TEFAP Program Specialist.

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Summer Programs Seeking Sponsors


The South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors and sites for the Summer Food Service Program. Community organizations, nonprofits, schools, tribal and local governments can apply to be sponsors if they operate in low-income areas, serve a group of mostly low-income children or operate a summer camp with a high proportion of low-income participants. Parks and recreation departments, city and county health departments, libraries and neighborhood service agencies participate as sites or sponsors.

When school is in session, 61,712 South Dakota students receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. The Summer Food Service Program provides food service to students when school is not in session. Children age 18 and younger may receive a meal free of charge at a participating site. In 2014, South Dakota Summer Food Service sponsors served 428,883 meals, which is an increase from the 418,012 meals served in 2013 and the 375,705 served in 2012.

“Even though we have experienced an increase in the number of meals served through the summer feeding programs over the past few years, I know there are still hungry children in the state. When children are enjoying the summer, they lose access to school meals,” said Julie McCord, program specialist with South Dakota’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services. “The Summer Food Service Program can really help fill that need.”

Organizations interested in reviewing sponsor responsibilities can watch the Summer Food Service Program Overview. To learn more about serving as a sponsor or site, call Child and Adult Nutrition Services at (605) 773-3413. For more information and to register for training, go to http://doe.sd.gov/cans/sfsp.aspx. The deadline to register for training is Feb. 20. Sponsors are often looking for partners to help provide activities and educational programs to encourage continued student participation throughout the summer. The Summer Food Service Program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the South Dakota Department of Education.

The Summer Food Service Program and the NSLP Seamless Summer Option programs in your community may be submitting press releases to you to advertise their programs, which is a requirement. School Food Authorities are required to advertise to all families if a Summer Food Service Program is being held in their area regardless if the school is sponsoring the program or another local agency. See USDA Policy Memo found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Policy-Memos/2011/SP15-2011_os.pdf.

To assist community members in South Dakota to know where feeding sites are located we are asking any summer sponsor to register your summer feeding site with the National Hunger Hotline http://www.fns.usda.gov/outreach/clearinghouse.htm at 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-877-8-Hambre. The sites registered should be “open” sites. This means the location is qualified as site eligible because more than fifty percent of the families qualified for free or reduced priced meals in the neighborhood.

I am also recommending the sponsors advertise their feeding sites on South Dakota 211 Helpline. There is no charge for non-profit organizations or government programs to be listed in the 211 database. The form is available by contacting Justin Hofer at (605)274-1404 or emailing him at database@helplinecenter.org.

I thank all the schools who are assisting the families in their area by providing these meals for the families in South Dakota.

Contact julie.mccord@state.sd.us if you have summer feeding questions. This agency is an equal opportunity provider.



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Free and Reduced Eligibility Determination for Hutterian Colonies


As a reminder to school districts with Hutterian Colonies or Communities participating on the National School Lunch Program or National School Breakfast Program, household applications/eligibility documentation must be collected in order to provide and claim free and/or reduced price meals for reimbursement.

In order to determine household income for a Hutterian Colony, guidance states that the “household” should be defined in the conventional terms of the parents and their children, with income represented as each person’s per capita share of the community’s net proceeds.

The colony must provide documentation indicating the income to represent per person. This commonly comes from the colony CPA, or someone associated with the colony’s finances.

This ‘per capita income’ must be then applied to the members of the household listed on an application. For example, if a household of four reports zero income, but colony finances indicate the per capita income to be $2,100 per year, the total household income is to be considered as $8,400 per year. This must be recorded on the household application, with provided notation.

For more information, please click to view USDA Memo SP 95-04, Free and Reduced Price Eligibility Determination for Children Living in Hutterian Colonies or Communities, or contact the CANS office.

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“Make the Grade with School Breakfast”


Are you creative? Are you competitive? Do you like winning?

National School Breakfast Week is March 2-6, 2015. Make it a memorable one. The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has provided tools and resources for you to have a celebration week to promote your school breakfast program. They have done all the work, all you have to do is visit their website and click on the resources available.

Resources include:
• More than 10 pages of ideas and resources
• Artwork and logos
• Certificate of Appreciation for staff participation
• Sample menus that meet the meal pattern requirements
• Activity sheets for students to wake up their brains
• Downloadable brochures just a click away
• Marketing and PR tools to promote your program

Your students have a chance to enter an art contest. Three national winners will receive special prize packs and their drawings will be published on the SNA website! Entries are due March 31, 2015.

Share your plans for National School Breakfast Week and you will be entered in to a Sweepstakes where you have a chance to win “Make the Grade with School Breakfast” stickers for your school. At the end of January and February, SNA will randomly pick 15 winners (30 total) to receive stickers for your school. Deadline for feedback is Friday, February 28, 2015.

Visit: http://www.schoolnutrition.org/NSBW2015/ for everything you need to have a fantastic and fun School Breakfast Week!

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Guidance for Accepting Processed Product Documentation for Meal Pattern Requirements – Reminder


CN Labels, factsheets, and product labels provide a way for food manufacturers to communicate with school program operators about how their products may contribute to the meal pattern requirements for meals served under the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child Nutrition (CN) programs.

CN Labeled Products
• Schools and other program operators are not required to offer processed products with CN Labels, but CN Labeled products provide an assurance that stated food contributions credit accurately toward CN meal pattern requirements
• Only available for items that credit toward meat/meat alternate component of meal pattern
• Program operators must keep records of original CN label from product carton

Product Formulation Statements/Other Documentation
• When purchasing a product without a CN Label, a program operator may request a signed Product Formulation Statement on manufacturers’ letterhead that demonstrates how the processed food item contributes to the meal pattern requirements
• Program operators must maintain files on nutrient information to meet requirements of program regulations
• Program operators are responsible if a menu does not fulfil meal pattern requirements; must keep records of supporting documentation
• It is the program operator’s responsibility to request and verify that the supporting documentation is accurate

Reviewing Product Formulation Statements
• Appropriate Product Formulation Statements will provide specific information about the product and demonstrate how the food credits toward the meal pattern
• When reviewing Product Formulation Statements prior to purchasing processed products, refer to: A Reviewer’s Checklist for Evaluating a Manufacturer Product Formulation Statement for Meat/Meat Alternate Products on the FNS website at http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/reviewer_checklist.pdf
• Product Formulation Statement templates for documenting the meat/meat alternates (M/MA), grains, and fruits/vegetables components are available on the FNS website at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnlabeling/food-manufacturersindustry
• The manufacturer must clearly identify crediting information on how each component contributes to meal pattern requirements

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Administrative Review: Smart Snacks


During the Administrative Review the State Agency will be checking for compliance with the Smart Snacks regulations.

Compliance with Smart Snacks will be evaluated by:
• Checking to make sure that all foods and beverages sold on the school campus during the school day meet regulatory requirements including:
    - A la carte items sold during meals
    - Foods/beverages sold in vending machines, school stores, and any other venue
    - SD Policy on exempt fundraising documentation
• Interviewing school district staff and school food service staff to understand how, when and where food and beverage sales are happening including:
    - exempt fundraisers
    - cafeteria
    - school stores
    - snack bars
    - coffee bars
    - vending machines
    - any other food or beverage points of sale available to students during the school day
• Reviewing nutrition documentation for all foods and beverages items sold in schools to ensure that Smart Snacks requirements are met.
    - Nutrition documentation from each point of sale, including entities outside the school food service. Please refer to the article on Smart Snacks Recordkeeping in the September 2014 Nutrition Bulletin for documentation that you should have on file.
    - Examples of Documentation:
      • Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Calculator print outs
      • recipes
      • product specifications
      • purchase orders
      • receipts
      • other documentation

While on-site during the Administrative Review the Program Specialist must observe all locations where students are able to purchase foods and beverages to ensure that:
• The nutrition documentation provided for review is consistent with the foods and beverages offered to students for sale, including foods sold a la carte during meal services;
• School food service staff and school administrators are familiar with requirements; and
• Leftover NSLP/SBP entrees (exempt from standards) are only sold to students the same day, or the day after, initially offered in the NSLP/SBP.

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Food Buying Guide


The Food Buying Guide and the Grain Bread Chart is to be used to validate information from a Product Formulation Statement, as well as for calculating the contribution toward meal pattern requirements for food items not covered by a CN label or Product Formulation Statement

The Food Buying Guide can be accessible at http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/food-buying-guide-school-meal-programs

For more information, please view USDA Memo TA 07-2010 (v.3).

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New Look DOE Webpage


As you may have already noticed, SD Department of Education has revamped and updated the webpage. This not only goes for Child & Adult Nutrition Services, but also includes all offices within SD DOE. If you have previously bookmarked pages, these links will continue to work, even with the new layout.

For ease of access, consider using the A-Z Index, an alphabetical list based on topical information. You will be able to find links to key topic areas, for all thing SD DOE.

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Civil Rights Training – Annual Requirement – Reminder


Civil Rights Training is posted on the CANS webpage.

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

Also, a Civil Rights Training can be found along the right side of the CANS webpage.

To complete your annual training, 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 at DOE.SchoolLunch@state.sd.us, or call at 605-773-3413.

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Regulatory Changes for National School Lunch Program


Civil Rights Training is posted on the CANS webpage.

The Spending Bill included a couple of changes to the programs as well as additional funding for equipment Grants. As noted in previous Bulletins, you should continue operating as you have until you get word from our office on the rule changes. We do expect those within the next few weeks.

In addition, there are additional requests going to USDA about making further changes. Just because request a change, that does not mean we quit doing it the old way. Remember when you asked for a later curfew? Mom & Dad said they’d think about it – that didn’t mean the later curfew has been granted.

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Updated Policies



Policies that have multiple numbers means those apply to multiple programs.

Child & Adult Care Food Program

No new policies have been issued for Child & Adult Care Food Program. Current policies can be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/policy (CACFP memos).

The proposed meal pattern regulations have been released and can be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/federal-register-documents. School Nutrition Programs (SP memos)

Policies that apply to school operation and administration can be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/policy.

02/10/2015 SP20-2015
Requests for Exemption from the School Meals’ Whole Grain-Rich Requirement for School Years 2014-2015 and 2015- 2016

Summer Food Service Program
Current policies can be found at– http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/policy (SFSP memos)

01/13/2015 SFSP 04-2015 (v.2)
Rural Designations in the Summer Food Service Program - Revised

01/12/2015 SP13 SFSP05-2015 (v2)
Summer Meal Programs Meal Service Requirements Q&As - Revised

Food Distribution for School Programs
No new policies have been issues for the other child nutrition and food distribution programs since the last bulletin.

Food Distribution policies for school nutrition programs can be found at - http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/Policy/schcnp_policies.htm



The Emergency Food Assistance Program –
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/Policy/tefap_policies.htm

Commodity Supplemental Food Program –
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/Policy/csfp_policies.htm

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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:
• Investing in a Healthier Tomorrow
• Let’s Move Into the Kitchen and See What’s Cooking
• Let’s Read! Let’s Move! At the White House

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