Articles in this issue:




A Note from Sandra



The next phase of the iCAN implementation is very nearly complete with school nutrition program application and claims submission. Thank you all for your patience as we work through this process. We did have several comments that said this new claim process is good. The final phase of start up with Seamless Summer and Summer Food Service Program will begin this spring. Final testing is going on at this time. The Child & Adult Care Food Program started the process off in September and October.

Work on iMATCH continues. An update to the program has been submitted for a security scan. SD has very stringent rules regarding coding, and we want it that way with all the data that is on line.

Summer Food Service and Seamless Summer classes will occur March through May on program administration and operation. Child & Adult Care Food Program classes will occur in spring and summer – dates to be announced very soon. Plans are for School Nutrition Program summer class will be offered in early June and August. Again, dates to be announced very soon. The School Nutrition Association will be held in Spearfish in late July with a bit of a revised format.

Watch for articles on policies, proposed rules, and final regulations in this Bulletin. There is still a lot going on!

Best wishes for a happy spring.

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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, March 12, 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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You are Invited to Two Webinars


HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms presents:
Celebrating Success Stories
Monday, March 16, 2015
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST
and

Utilizing Resources for Success
Monday, March 23, 2015
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST


USDA/FNS HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms staff will host webinars to highlight the success stories of several schools/districts that have achieved outstanding accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: meal planning and preparation, Farm to School, local wellness, Smart Snacks, nutrition education, and physical education and activity. A representative from Let’s Move! will share info and updates on Let’s Move! 5-Year Anniversary. Time will be provided for questions and answers.

Target Audience: Regional Office, State Agency Staff, District/School Staff

Participation: This session will be available via Microsoft Office LiveMeeting (Webinar) and is free to all participants. You will need access to a telephone line and a computer with internet access for this webinar. The audio for this webinar will be recorded. We encourage you to participate as a group, if possible. Telephone lines will be limited.

In order to participate in the webinar, you will need to have Java installed on your computer system, as well as the Microsoft LiveMeeting 2007 Client. We recommend you download the client before the actual meeting so there will be no lapse in time in your participation. The client can be downloaded from this website: https://www307.livemeeting.com/cc/usdafns/join?id=NG56HR&role=attend&pw=P8.M%2Ck% .

To participate in the webinars, please REGISTER HERE:
https://usdafnsocco.wufoo.com/forms/healthierus-school-challenge-smarter-lunchrooms/

If you have any questions regarding the webinar content, please contact Ebony James, USDA/FNS, at 703/305-2827 or at ebony.james@fns.usda.gov.
If you have any questions regarding access to this webinar, please Cheryl Wilson, USDA/FNS, at 703/305-2435, or at cheryl.wilson@fns.usda.gov.



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Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Important Updates


The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a powerful tool to ensure children in low income communities have access to healthy school meals. CEP allows participating schools to offer healthy, free lunches and breakfasts to all students without requiring their families to complete an application. CEP became available for nationwide implementation this school year. As a result, in SY 2014-15, approximately 14,000 schools in more than 2,000 local educational agencies (LEAs) serving more than 6.4 million children elected to participate in the CEP for its ability to both reduce administrative burden and increase access to school meals for children in low income communities. In South Dakota, 22 LEAs implemented CEP; those schools serve approximately 13,000 students!

A recent study completed by the USDA recognized CEP as an error reduction strategy. CEP schools had significantly fewer certification errors than non-CEP schools. The study also indicated that participating schools demonstrated increased participation in their lunch and breakfast programs, experienced revenue gains and decreased administrative costs.

Participation in CEP is a local decision and one that requires careful consideration of many factors by LEAs. For some LEAs, the decision process to elect to participate depends on the approval of governing bodies with administrative control of the LEA. Additionally, LEAs may seek the support of various partners and stakeholders when considering CEP participation.

LEAs have until June 30, 2015, to elect to participate in CEP. Because of the multiple benefits of CEP and in light of the unique decision process involved in electing CEP, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending the election deadline until August 31, 2015.

Please review FNS memo SP 25-2015 for questions about the extension of the deadline for LEAs to elect the CEP for school year 2015-2016.

CEP Reporting Requirements

April 15 - Local Education Agencies (LEAs) submit to CANS a list of schools/sites in the following categories:
• Schools/sites with an identified student percentage of at least 40%;
• Schools/sites with an identified student percentage greater than or equal to 30% but less than 40%;
• Schools/sites currently participating in CEP;
• Schools/sites in the 4th year of CEP participation with an identified student percentage greater than or equal to 30% but less than 40%

LEAs will report this information in iCAN, CANS will send instructions when the CEP Site Eligibility List opens in mid-March.

April 15 - CANS will notify LEAs of their districtwide eligibility for CEP:
• LEAs with a districtwide identified student percentage of at least 40%;
• LEAs with a districtwide identified student percentage greater than or equal to 30% but less than 40%;
• LEAs currently participating in CEP;
• LEAs in the 4th year of CEP participation with a districtwide identified student percentage greater than or equal to 30% but less than 40% (eligible for grace year).

May 1 - CANS will publish a list of eligible and near-eligible LEAs and schools on the DOE website. This list will also be submitted to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for publication on the FNS CEP website.

June 30 - Interested and eligible LEAs must notify State Agency of intent to participate in CEP.

Please review FNS memo SP 24-2015 for more information on CEP annual notification and publication requirements.

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Paid Lunch Equity Guidance for School Year 2015-16


School Program regulations require school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure sufficient funds are provided to the nonprofit school food service account for meals served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals. There are two ways to meet this requirement: either through the prices charged for student “paid” meals or through other non-Federal sources provided to the nonprofit school food service account.

For SY 2015-16, SFAs which charged less than $2.70 (weighted average) for paid lunches in SY 2014-2015 are required to increase their weighted average lunch price or add non-Federal funds to the non-profit school food service account.

SY 2015-16, SFAs may continue to count as a non-Federal source:
1. Any funds provided by organizations for any paid meal (breakfast or lunch)
2. Any proportion attributable to paid meals from direct payments made from school district funds to support lunch service

Please review FNS memo SP 03-2015 for more information on the PLE school year 2015-2016 calculations and tools.

The Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) requirement exemption has been extended through school year 2016-2017 in memo SP 19-2015. A PLE requirement exemption is only allowed for School Food Authorities (SFAs) in strong financial standing. The SFA has been certified meal pattern requirements and can demonstrate that the required increase to paid lunch prices or revenue contributions would cause the SFA to exceed the 3-month operating balance limit.

There are list of factors that CANS is must consider when evaluating a request for a PLE exemption, those factors include: meal standards, competitive foods, administrative reviews, meal service and participation, resource management, professional support, cafeteria and kitchen equipment, and free/reduced price eligibility determinations. For a list of questions related to each factor listed above which must be addressed prior to an approval for PLE exemption, please review FNS memo SP 19-2015.

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Team Nutrition – March is National Nutrition Month


Did you know that you can download, print and use any of the Team Nutrition resources just by going to the Team Nutrition site: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/team-nutrition

Looking for posters to make your meal area more enticing? Submit your orders through the Team Nutrition Order form at: http://tn.ntis.gov/

Check it out there are great resources available for your school!


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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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Food Distribution


School Year 2015-16 Survey

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

March order

March 9 to 17, 2015, will be for the May delivery. This will be the last order for the school year.

Department of Defense Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Ordering System (FFAVORS):

Please be advised of some changes to the program due to the Audit Readiness (AR) initiative being undertaken by the US Government. It pertains to receipting orders in the FFAVORS Web Produce ordering system. All customers are required to receipt product before being allowed to order again. In the past, Department of Defense had the "Auto-Receipt" process, which is not AR compliant. Please review your policies and procedures to make sure you go back to receive your product on FFAVORS. Failure to receipt your delivery will result in delayed payments to the distributor and lock out of future ordering.

Procurement Practices:

Purchases of food, equipment, services, and supplies using federal funds from reimbursement as well as all other funds that go into the food service account procurement practices should be followed. The goal of procurement is getting the best value at the lowest cost to the program without causing an unfair or unlevelled playing field for the potential bidders.

South Dakota Legislative Audit has created a bid booklet as a resource. It can be found at: http://legislativeaudit.sd.gov/General%20resources/general_resources_all.htm.

Tyson Product:

Starting in School Year 2015-16 Tyson will be utilizing a new way of processing called Independent Drawdown. Currently when a school utilizing Net off Invoicing (NOI) makes a purchase through a distributor and does not have enough product to produce the entire order, the order is cancelled. After July 1, 2015, if that school had part of the product in their account the order will not cancel, but will process an invoice for only the pounds they have in their account. Tyson will be utilizing a 60/40 drawdown for white/dark in their chicken processing. Tyson will only be processing the large bird items in School Year 2015-16.

USDA Webinars:

USDA has been presenting webinars on entitlement usage for States and Local agencies. The third webinar in the series, was done on Feb. 25, featuring an SFA perspective on USDA Foods entitlement and inventory management with Cynthia Barton of San Antonio, Texas, and Crystal Smith-Cooper of Burke County, North Carolina. You may register for future webinars at this link. Please share this information with your SFAs if you have not already done so!

The recording of the Feb. 11 state panel on the USDA Foods ordering process featuring Chris Facha of Oregon, Angela Hodapp of Texas, and Linda Hubeny of Connecticut is now available on the FNS YouTube channel! Additionally, the final webinar from our recipe resources series, K-12 Cooking with USDA Foods, has also been posted. We hope you will find the information useful in your work and that you will share it with those who were unable to join us live.

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Requests for Exemption from the School Meals’ Whole Grain-Rich Requirement for School Years 2014-15 and 2015-16



For school years 2014-15 and 2015-16 any school food authority (SFA) that demonstrates a hardship in procuring compliant whole grain-rich products that are acceptable to students may apply for an exemption to the whole grain-rich (WGR) requirement.

CANS recognizes the challenges that schools are facing in finding WGR products that are acceptable to students and the limited whole grain rich product availability and will offer this exemption to SFAs.

All schools that do not have an approved Whole Grain-Rich exemption on file with CANS are expected to meet the NSLP and SBP regulations that require all grains offered in the NSLP and SBP be whole grain-rich.

For the remainder of SY 2014-2015 and SY 2015-2016, CANS may approve an SFA’s exemption request for specific products if the SFA can demonstrate hardship(s) in procuring, preparing, or serving compliant whole grain-rich products that are accepted by students. The temporary exemptions are allowed for any type of grain product(s), (e.g., pasta, bread, brown rice, etc.) and for one or more different products. This is not a blanket exemption of the Whole Grain-Rich requirement.

Hardships that may be considered may include the following examples:

Financial hardship
• The SFA’s records provided to the State agency demonstrate a significant drop in meal counts after the whole grain-rich product(s) was offered.
• The SFA experienced a significant cost increase when procuring the whole grain-rich product(s).

Limited product availability
• The SFA does not have access to a compliant whole grain-rich product(s) in the local market and would like to offer enriched grain item(s) temporarily.

Unacceptable product quality
• The whole grain-rich product(s) offered by the SFA did not retain the desired texture or lost palatability during the typical holding time.

Poor student acceptability
• The whole grain-rich product(s) offered by the SFA received significant negative student/parent feedback or there was increased plate waste of that menu item when the whole grain-rich product(s) was offered multiple times and over a sustained period of time.

Other factors may also be considered, such as:
• The SFA’s efforts to find viable ways to comply with the whole grain-rich requirement:
    • Sought technical assistance.
    • Used alternative product types/brands (and provided product description, manufacturer, and number).
    • Used alternative cooking methods or modified the recipe (and provided a description or recipes/production records).
• The SFA’s plan to achieve future compliance with the full whole grain-rich requirement once the exemption expires.

SFAs with an approved exemption must still comply with the requirement that at least half of the grains served meet the definition of Whole Grain-Rich.

As required by federal guidance CANS is working with FNS RO to establish an exemption process prior to releasing the waiver to SFAs. Once this form has been approved by the FNS RO, the whole grain rich waiver request will be available on the CANS NSLP website.

SFAs with a pasta waiver do not need to reapply for a whole grain rich waiver. The new waiver must be completed and submitted only if the SFA would like to add additional whole grain rich items to the waiver request. Please review memo SP 20-2015 for more details or if you have questions: http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/policy.

Whole Grain Rich Resources
• Best Practices Sharing Center: http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/best-practices is a convenient forum to share information about whole grain-rich products
• Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/whole-grain-resource
• USDA Foods: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/foods-expected-be-available • Alliance for A Healthier Generation: https://schools.healthiergeneration.org/resources__tools/ • Team Nutrition resources: http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition
Smarter Lunchrooms resources: http://smarterlunchrooms.org/

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CACFP

Building for the Future with the CACFP




Upcoming CACFP Training Events:

The following workshop dates and locations have been set for the spring 2015 CACFP workshops.

The CACFP Basic workshops are designed for new staff that need to be trained in the basics of the CACFP. The basics class is limited to 25 participants per class. Preference will be given to new staff and new agencies if more than 25 individuals register for any one class.

The dates and locations of the CACFP Basic training are as follows:

May 13 Rapid City Youth & Family Services
June 2 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls School District
June 16 Pierre MacKay Building (formerly SD State Library)

The CACFP Plus! workshops are designed for veteran staff that have a solid understanding of Program requirements. The Plus! class is limited by the size of the training rooms in each location. Please notice that we are offering two sessions of the CACFP Plus! workshops in both Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Each session will cover the same information.

The dates and locations of the CACFP Plus! training are as follows:

May 14 Rapid City Youth & Family Services
May 15 Rapid City Youth & Family Services
May 20 Watertown Lake Area Technical Institute
May 21 Aberdeen Aberdeen Catholic Schools
June 3 Sioux Falls Augustana College
June 4 Sioux Falls Augustana College
June 17 Pierre MacKay Building (formerly SD State Library)

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. There is no charge to attend. For more information please contact Melissa Halling at (605) 280-2696 or by email at melissa.halling@state.sd.us.

Proposed CACFP Meal Patterns – Remember to Submit your Comments!

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

Menu Planning for Healthy Eating

It's menu planning time! Menu planning is the foundation for healthy eating in child care settings. When you have carefully planned menus that emphasize variety and are filled with healthy and appealing foods, children are more likely to try these foods.

In this issue:
• Menu Planning for Healthy Eating
• Strive for Balance
• Emphasize Variety
• Add Contrast
• Think about Color
• Consider Eye Appeal
• Special Considerations
• Recipe of the Month: Yogurt Fruit Dip
• Nutrition Fact: The Importance of Water
• Vegetable of the Month: Sweet Potato


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FFVP Reminder: No accompaniments


Just a friendly reminder that schools participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program must provide the fresh fruit and vegetable snack to students with no accompaniments. Even though pairing a fresh fruit or vegetable with milk may increase the nutrition of the snack break, the fruit and/or vegetable must be provided with no accompaniments. Additional accompaniments take the focus away from the fresh fruit and vegetable service.

Please feel free to contact Rob with any questions.

Rob.ingalls@state.sd.us
605-773-2977

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TEFAP Storage of USDA Foods


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

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

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

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



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Summer Programs – SFSP USDA and South Dakota CANS




USDA Sets Goal of Serving 200 Million Summer Meals, Observes Program’s 40th Anniversary

Release No. FNS 0003-15

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 – Continuing USDA’s focus on childhood hunger during National Nutrition Month, Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Audrey Rowe today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2015 goal of serving 200 million meals to children and teens in low-income communities this summer – 14 million more than were served in 2014. During the school year, more than 21 million children rely on the nutritious, free and reduced priced meals provided by USDA’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. USDA's summer meal programs – which are often linked to summer enrichment programs – ensure that low-income children can receive nutritious food when school is out. This helps children stay healthy and be ready to learn when they return to school in the fall.

Nutrition assistance programs defend against hunger – ensuring the most vulnerable Americans have the energy they need to perform at work and at school. Children are particularly vulnerable to hunger and poor nutrition especially when school is out. Through the summer meals program, millions of children and teens get a healthy meal or snack when school meals are not available. Click http://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2015/fns-0003-15 to read more...

South Dakota CANS Webinar Schedule:

• TBA - iCAN SFSP Training Webinar 2-5 CT/1-4 MT
• March 19 – NSLP Seamless Summer Webinar 2-4:30 CT/1-3:30 MT

South Dakota CANS Schedule:
• March 24 (postponed from March 10) - SFSP New Sponsor Training in Pierre, SD 8-4:30 CT (Registration closed)
• April 29 – SFSP Operational Training in Pierre, SD 8-4:30 CT (Register immediately)

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

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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 here: 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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"Breakfast in the Classroom" Video


The Midwest Dairy Council is proud to share the newly produced "Breakfast in the Classroom" video. Highlights of the video include schools that have implemented an alternative breakfast service such as breakfast in the classroom or "grab-n-go." Their efforts have shown significant increases in breakfast participation leading to fewer hungry students during morning classes and increased potential for academic success.

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Fuel Up To Play 60 Making a Difference


The Midwest Dairy Council recently released a document showcasing the impact of Fuel Up to Play 60 in improving the health and wellness of South Dakota students. Several local schools are showcased including Woonsocket Elementary in Woonsocket, Black Hawk Elementary in Rapid City, and Madison Elementary in Huron.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Football League (NFL) and the National Dairy Council (NDC) and founded by America's dairy farmers in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.

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Regulatory Updates


As a reminder, the proposed meal pattern for Child & Adult Care Food Program is open for comments through April 15.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been announced. According to USA.gov, as announced in the Federal Register, the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is now available. The public is encouraged to submit written comments to the federal government on the Advisory Report. Public comments will be accepted through midnight E.D.T. on April 8, 2015. To submit and/or view comments, use the links on that website.

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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.

03/04/2015 SP24-2015
Community Eligibility Provision: Annual Notification and Publication Requirements

03/04/2015 SP25-2015
Extension of the Deadline for LEAs to Elect the Community Eligibility Provision for School Year 2015-16

02/24/2015 SP23-2015
Release of the FNS-828 Paid Lunch Price Data for School Years 2012-13 and 2013-14

02/12/2015 SP03-2015
Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2015-16 Calculations and Tool

Summer Food Service Program
No new policies have been issues for food distribution programs since the last bulletin. Current policies can be found at– http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/policy (SFSP memos)

Request For Information

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a ‘Request for Information: Summer Meals Program Data Reporting Requirements’ in the Federal Register. The purpose of this Request for Information is to help FNS better understand what sponsors and State agencies could regularly report to FNS to more adequately track participation in the summer meal programs. FNS is interested in modifying the current reporting system to better identify the number of eligible children the programs are serving and assess the impacts of efforts to increase program participation. In order to develop proposed changes to reporting requirements, FNS is seeking information from all affected parties regarding current State agency and sponsor data reporting requirements. Specifically, FNS is interested in information about data that sites, sponsors, and State agencies currently collect but do not report to FNS, as well as the feasibility of obtaining currently reported data in a more timely manner. FNS is particularly interested in the opportunities and challenges associated with these changes. To be assured of consideration, written information must be submitted or postmarked on or before June 8, 2015.

The ‘Request for Information: Summer Meals Program Data Reporting Requirements’ is now available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/09/2015-05314/ request-for-information-summer-meal-programs-data-reporting-requirements

Food Distribution
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:
• Another Study Shows Kids Eating More Healthy Food at School, Throwing Less Food Away
• Hunger In Our Schools: Breakfast Is A Crucial “School Supply” For Kids In Need
• Take the #GimmeFive Challenge!

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

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