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A Note from Sandra

The biggest news of all is that the new meal patterns are to be announced during the last week of January. You may have already seen them by the time you read this. We are all looking forward to this so that we can figure out where we need to go by looking at where we are now and what changes need to be made to implement next year. Stay tuned! There will be webinars, conference calls, and workshops to help folks understand the changes and implications.

Progress continues on the electronic direct certification grant. Again, workshops, webinars, and conference calls will provide information on how to operate the system that is chosen to obtain the lists of children who are directly certified earlier in the year.

The system to manage food distribution, agreements, claims, and reviews is also in progress, though the food distribution piece is the one that is scheduled to be completed first.

We are all dealing with changes and need to keep in mind how we react to those changes as well as how those around us react. Recognize that on some days, folks look forward to it and some days we resist it – and we could be talking about the same change. Sometimes the change is something we want – and we still resist it occasionally. It changes our way of thinking, our way of looking at what we do. Hang in there – be the support for one another.

Some thoughts on change from exploreforayear.com:
1. “Even if you stumble, you’re still moving forward.”
2. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb
3. “Fear, uncertainty, and discomfort are your compasses toward growth.”
4. “In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” -Warren Buffett

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Sign up for the SD Child Nutrition Institute June 2012

The 48th annual South Dakota Child Nutrition Institute will be held June 17-22, 2012 in Sioux Falls Augustana College. Hard copy newsletters will arrive in your school mailbox the first week of February.

• Registration will begin on Monday, February 13, 2012
• Online registration is available
• All tracks have a size limit and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis
• Go to http://doe.sd.gov/cans/CNI.asp for more information

NEW THIS YEAR

Track 1: Food Safety 101 is being offered this year (previously Serving It Safe). This course does not constitute as a ServSafe recertification course. Register for Food Safety 101 IF ServSafe certification has already been met or if one does not wish to be ServSafe certified.

Track 5: In-Depth Menu Planning Individuals should expect to leave with a new cycle menu that meets new meal pattern requirements and numerous ideas that can eventually be utilized. Class size is limited. Foodservice directors, managers, and head cooks will receive preference for attendance.

Track 6: Child Nutrition Updates is open to all foodservice personnel. This track is designed to cover all hot topics today in Child Nutrition. Class size is limited. Foodservice directors, managers, and head cooks will receive preference for attendance.

Contact Sami Beilke at 605-773-2977 or Shar Venjohn at 605-773-3413 with any questions.



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CACFPBuilding for the Future with the CACFP



Upcoming CACFP Training Events:

The following workshop dates and locations have been set for the spring 2012 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.

The dates and locations of the CACFP Basic training are as follows:
May 8 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls School District
May 22 Rapid City Youth & Family Services
June 6 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! workshop in Sioux Falls. Each session will be identical. The size of our Sioux Falls group was simply becoming too large for effective training.

The dates and locations of the CACFP Plus! training are as follows:
May 9 Sioux Falls Augustana College (same workshop as 5/10/12)
May 10 Sioux Falls Augustana College (same workshop as 5/9/12)
May 23 Rapid City Youth & Family Services
May 30 Watertown Lake Area Technical Institute
May 31 Aberdeen Aberdeen Catholic Schools
June 7 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.

There may be workshops schedule in Mitchell if there is enough interest expressed on the training needs survey that was sent out in January 2012. If workshops are scheduled in Mitchell, those dates and locations will be announced in late February or early March when the formal announcement of training is issued.

Mealtime Memo for Child Care
The January 2012 issue of Mealtime Memo for Child Care, the monthly newsletter that includes menus, recipes, and activities related to child care, had not been published online as of the deadline for submission of this article. Watch for information about the January and February Mealtime Memos for Child Care in the March Nutrition News Bulletin.

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Assorted Summer Feeding Programs

Many children received free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs during the school year. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set a cycle of poor performance in school and obesity. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the NSLP-Seamless Summer Option (NSLP-SSO) are designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need. This is to invite you to contribute to the health and well-being of the needy children in your area by sponsoring a summer feeding program again this year. Information regarding rates, income guidelines, etc. is included in the 2012 SFSP brochure http://doe.sd.gov/cans/documents/SFSPrates.pdf. The income guidelines are, as always, the same as the reduced price guidelines in the National School Lunch Program or Child and Adult Care Food Program. That is, any child that is eligible for a free or reduced price lunch in those programs is eligible for free meals in the SFSP or NSLP-SSO. Applications for meal benefits will be similar to the school applications in order to avoid confusion but, those needing them in SFSP must use the new forms in the application Part 8 Attachments. You know from your experience as a sponsoring agency that the summer nutrition programs can provide meals for children in a rewarding way.

If unsure which program to take part in this year we have a link to SFSP/NSLP-Seamless Comparison Chart at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/SFSP_SeamlessComparisonChart.pdf

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM (SFSP)
If you are a prior successful sponsor with SFSP administrative staff (office staff completing applications, claims, etc.) must have annual training and no sponsor is allowed to operate unless they have received training.

Attendance at an administrative all day workshop is required for new sponsors and new administrative personnel and no sponsor is allowed to operate unless they have attended one. The person(s), who attends should be the person who works directly with administrating the program. This is essential for the success of the program.

If you are a prior successful sponsor with continuing personnel for SFSP, you are allowed to take part in the SFSP Live Meeting webinar on March 14, 2012, from 3-5 CT / 2-4 MT. Administrative staff of prior successful sponsors may attend the workshop, but preference will be given to new sponsors and administrative staff. If your administrative staff has changed, or major deficiencies were identified in the operation of the 2011 SFSP, a representative must attend the SFSP Administrative workshop in Pierre, on Thursday, March 29, 2012. The workshop will be held at the MacKay Building (former State Library) in Pierre. If you have any questions please call (605) 773-3110. The workshop is scheduled for 9 am to 4:30 pm Central/ 8am to 3:30 Mountain Time. Please complete the registration form at http://doe.sd.gov/cans/documents/SummerReg.pdf to reserve your seat by February 24, 2012.

USDA has made changes designed to reduce paperwork and other administrative burdens and to streamline requirements for experienced SFSP and CACFP sponsors.

Experienced schools and agencies sponsoring SFSP or CACFP may provide summer meals through the Summer Food Service Program.

The USDA implemented changes to policies simplifying application procedures for those on SFSP in 2011 and successful CACFP sponsors allowing them to apply using the renewal forms found at http://doe.sd.gov/cans/sfsp.asp.

The USDA policy memos for SFSP including the SFSP 05-2012, CACFP 03-2012 simplifying application and all new policies are available for your review at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer/Administration/policy.html.

SFSP Operational training is for the personnel responsible for meal preparation and service, sanitation, meal supervision, and the meal counts. While attendance is not mandatory, sponsors with new foodservice staff are encouraged to have their personnel selected so that they can attend the workshop May 8, 2012 in Pierre. If personnel do not attend state agency conducted SFSP operational workshop all training will be the responsibility of the sponsor. Please complete the registration form at http://doe.sd.gov/cans/documents/SummerReg.pdf to reserve your seat.

NSLP – SEAMLESS SUMMER OPTION (SSO)
If you are a prior successful sponsor with NSLP – Seamless Summer Option, please plan to take part in the Seamless Summer Live Meeting webinar on March 13, 2012, from 3 – 5 CT / 2 - 4 MT. Register at http://doe.sd.gov/cans/documents/SummerReg.pdf.

USDA has made changes designed to reduce paperwork and other administrative burdens and to streamline requirements for experienced sponsors and sites.

Experienced school sponsors may provide summer meals through the Seamless Summer Option. Under this Seamless Summer Option, most of the SFSP regulations at 7 CFR 225 are waived. The sponsors that participate in this manner operate primarily under National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The agreement is very short but the reimbursement rate is the same as the free SBP and NSLP rates. Please contact me if your agency is a school and you wish to serve meals using this option.

The SP-27-2009 Seamless Summer Q&A is available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Policy-Memos/2009/SP_27-2009_os.pdf.

NSLP – Extension (If only serving summer school students) or Special Milk Program If you are a school only looking to extend the meal service to students attending summer school you will need to do an NSLP extension and will need to contact Cheriee Watterson at (605) 773-3610 or Cheriee.Watterson@state.sd.us. If you have a site you wish to only provide milk for and no other meal service, contact Cheriee for Special Milk Program.

APPLICATIONS AND RENEWAL AGREEMENTS

All agreements renewal or new SFSP and NSLP Seamless Summer are due to Child and Adult Nutrition Services by April 6, 2012.The 2012 SFSP applications for new and renewing agencies and 2012 NSLP Seamless Summer Option application forms are available at the CANS Summer Feeding website http://doe.sd.gov/cans/sfsp.asp. Check the forms for the SFSP Reimbursement rate, they will reflect the 2011 rates until the 2012 SFSP rates become available and then they will be updated – they were not available at the time this was submitted to the CANS Bulletin.

NSLP-SSO agreements must be approved before the summer feeding begins. Summer Food Service Program also requires training of administrative and operational staff must take place before summer feeding programs begin. Claims for reimbursement will not be processed until Child and Adult Nutrition Services has received documentation of training for site personnel for SFSP.

For more information, contact Julie McCord at (605) 773-3110 or julie.mccord@state.sd.us.


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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Application Available Soon

Funding for healthy snacks for your elementary school—Applications due on March 26, 2012

Elementary schools who have 50% or more of its students eligible for free/reduced price meals are eligible to apply for participation in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for school year 2012-2013. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to children throughout the school day—but outside normal meal service periods.

Read about the FFVP on our website at http://doe.sd.gov/cans/ffvp.asp and take a minute to look over the FFVP Handbook on the right hand side of the webpage under the DOCUMENTS heading if considering applying. The application will be available at that site after February 21, 2012 for schools to access for completion. We will mail or fax a copy of the application to any School Food Authority that requests it if they cannot access it. Call 605-773-2977 if you have questions regarding this program.

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Nutrition Standards for School Lunch and Breakfast

We have had time to adjust to the reality that meal patterns will be changing. Take a breath – they are doable! The number of changes needed will vary from one agency to another based on what changes have already been made.

The final rule has been published in the Federal Register. You can find it and other information at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Legislation/nutritionstandards.htm. Child & Adult Nutrition Services will be providing full copies of the regulation and related charts. In the meantime, there are some helpful technical assistance and guidance materials available that are 1 and 2 pages long – they are a “smaller bite” and are excellent documents to start with to consider the changes. The timeline is especially interesting as you can see the phased-in approach. The Policy memo is currently about 10 pages long. USDA will add more Q&A either by revising this memo or by providing additional policy memos.

Some highlights of the final regulation:
• Most lunch requirements go into effect with the SY12-13.
   • Serving sizes differ from the proposed regulation for some items.
   • Offer vs. serve requires students to take a fruit or vegetable but they are allowing students to select a smaller portion size (1/2 cup).
   • The vegetable groupings added red vegetables to the orange group.
   • Starchy vegetables are allowed.
   • Whole grain rich products are to comprise half of the grain offerings starting with SY 12-13.
   • In SY14-15, all grains are to be whole-grain rich.
• Most breakfast changes do not go into effect until later
   • The change to nonfat or 1% milk has already occurred.
   • The limit on saturated fat did not change.
   • Meat is not required at breakfast, but is allowed.
   • The serving of fruit for breakfast stays at ˝ cup until the ’14-15 school year when it goes to 1 cup.
   • Vegetables may be substituted for fruit under certain conditions.
   • Whole grain rich products are to comprise half of the grain offerings in SY13-14 for breakfast.
   • In SY 14-15, all grains are to be whole-grain rich.
• The first sodium target is to be reached by SY14-15 for both lunch and breakfast. The second and third targets are further out.
• Menus will be analyzed for calories, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium over a week’s time during the review process. Reviews will be conducted on a 3-year cycle starting in SY13-14 instead of the current 5-year cycle.


This process for how lunch menus are to be certified as eligible for the extra 6-cent per lunch reimbursement will be announced in March.

Information for how the nutrition standards are to be applied to 4-day and 7-day agencies will be coming in the future.

There is a committee meeting on potential changes to the Child & Adult Care Food Program. There is currently no work in progress to change meal patterns for the Summer Food Service Program.

Please refer questions on the Nutrition Standards to Child & Adult Nutrition Services.

Education on the Nutrition Standards in South Dakota Child and Adult Nutrition Services will post a series of webinars on various topics by February 10 on the reauthorization section of our website at http://www.doe.sd.gov/cans/cnr.asp. You can listen to them any time and as many times as you want.

• Conference calls will be held through live meeting to answer questions on the topics. Currently two calls are scheduled. We will try to record those and post them. Failing that, the questions and answers will be written and posted to the same web page. Please view the webinars before the conference calls. You may certainly send in your questions prior to the conference calls so the staff can research them.
   • The first will be Tuesday February 21 at 9 a.m. CST/8 a.m. MST. This is the time of the next regularly schedule CANS conference call.
   • The second call will be Thursday February 23 at 3 p.m. CST/2 pm MST.
   • If additional calls are needed, they will be scheduled and announced.
   • We will email information to access the conference calls to food service directors and authorized representatives in South Dakota.
   • Additional workshops will also be held and announced. Contact CANS if you are interested in hosting a workshop in your area.


The nutrition standards will be a part of each class at Child Nutrition Institute and will be the focus for one of the tracks. The newsletter announcing Institute track offerings and the registration process was mailed on January 25 and is available at http://www.doe.sd.gov/cans/CNI.asp.

There will be other groups that offer workshops and webinars. It is good to listen to those, too, as we hear different thoughts and questions; however, the final interpretation comes from USDA as the governing agency.

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National Nutrition Month

NSBW

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The 2012 National Nutrition Month these is “Get Your Plate in Shape”. This would be a good time to check that everything you serve fits into one of the categories on the plate: protein, fruit, vegetable, grain, or milk. Foods that do not fit into the plate are extra calories most people do not need. Make sure half your plate is fruits and veggies.

Check out this website at http://www.eatright.org/nnm/ to find out about event ideas, free nutrition handouts, press releases, etc.

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NSBW National School Breakfast Week – March 5-9, 2012
“School Breakfast – Go for Gold”

This year’s theme will highlight how eating a healthy balanced breakfast at school helps students shine. The campaign will help students learn about the importance of eating healthy and being active. The theme also aligns with USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge and the First Lady’s Let’s Move Goals.

Check out the tools and resources at http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Level2_NSBW2012.aspx?id=15458

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Monthly Conference calls with CANS

Every month we have a scheduled conference call open to everyone on the school nutrition program/national school lunch program. These calls are open forum and participants can ask any questions about any of the school nutrition programs. Normally CANS also plans a brief presentation on a hot topic. February’s topic will be the new meal patterns that were released in late January.

The next call is scheduled for February 21 at 9:00 am CT / 8:00 am MT. To join the conference call scheduled for February 21, Dial 1-866-410-8397 and enter code: 6507733610. If you have trouble joining the conference call, or have additional questions call Shar Venjohn at 605-773-3413. Questions and answers from the previous conference calls are posted on the CANS website (Documents, Conference Calls).

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Additional Financial Incentives for working toward HUSSC

NFSMI has become aware of additional financial incentives for schools working toward HUSSC. Please see the link below to learn more.

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Discovery Education are proud to support the USDA´s HealthierUS School Challenge by providing powerful rewards and incentives to schools striving to reach higher levels of certification. Participating schools can enter for a chance to win up to $10,000 in additional funding. Learn more at http://energybalance101.com/be-involved/hussc-support/.

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Expanding Breakfast Challenge

Have you wanted to try an alternative breakfast program but just didn’t know how to get started? Wanting to increase breakfast participation in your schools? Feel there are challenges to an alternative breakfast program that can’t be overcome? We all know eating breakfast helps you and your school win! Research has shown breakfast: improves test scores, decreases absenteeism and tardiness, leads to fewer nurse visits and fewer discipline problems and provides key nutrients that are not likely made up during the day.

Midwest Dairy Council and Fuel Up to Play 60 are inviting you to participate in an “Expanding Breakfast Challenge”! Sign up to implement an alternative breakfast program such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab n Go, or Breakfast after First Period as a pilot in your school next spring! This is your opportunity to receive funding, resources, and support to “sell” your program and lead to a sustained breakfast program in your school! Interested schools are eligible for up to $3000.00 for this challenge. In addition, as a Fuel Up to Play 60 school, up to $4000 dollars can be applied for and be used for foodservice materials and equipment, nutrition and physical education materials, student and staff incentives and staff development. The deadline for application is June 1st, 2012!

This is a Win – Win opportunity for your students! Take the challenge, increase breakfast participation in your school, but most importantly….provide a nutritious breakfast for your students! Contact Dawn Conrad, MS, RD, LN, Program Manager with Midwest Dairy Council at dconrad@midwestdairy.com or Jean Schuurmans, Child Nutrition Program Specialist at jean.schuurmans@state.sd.us for more information. We will help you through the entire process!

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USDA FOODS SURVEY

To: Food Service Directors, National School Lunch Program
Some of you may remember that a survey deadline date had been set for January 27, 2012 for USDA Foods. As of January 23, 2012, we have not received notice from United States Department of Agriculture of items available for SY 12-13. NO SURVEY HAS BEEN SENT OUT. Child and Adult Nutrition Services will be working with new software, which will help with tracking entitlement, for the survey. Please use the below information to help you in planning for the survey.

Planning for the survey:
1. Determine your estimated entitlement. ((previous year ADP times number of days served) times Planned Assistance Level (PAL) use .2025)) this will be close to your estimated entitlement.

ADP
X Number of days served
X .2025
= estimated entitlement


2. Decide if you would like to participate in the Department of Defense Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Order Receipt System (FFAVORS WEB). If you do, decide how much of your entitlement to set aside for use in this area. You can choose none, all, or some of your entitlement.

3. Decide if you would like entitlement used in net off invoicing. If not, skip to #4.
a. Choose the processor you would like raw pounds set aside to change into processed end products. (side of beef into hamburger patties)
b. Utilize processing calculators on NOI website: http://doe.sd.gov/cans/noi.asp
c. Utilize SY13 List of Materials (found in the documents section of NOI website) for the value estimate of USDA food. d. verify you are not overspending on your entitlement

4. Determine quantity you wish the state office to purchase of brown box items.

5. Compare your menu usage from the prior year to your anticipated usage for the upcoming year.

6. Be prepared and plan ahead for a possible short turn around.

7. Read all of your emails.

This will be the medium that we will use to announce the opening of the survey. Please read your email and keep the survey on your “to do soon list”.

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New Resources Available

Farm to School Grant Website updated
USDA has updated the grants section of the Farm to School Website to include an extensive list of Farm to School related funding opportunities by USDA and other Federal Agencies. The information is organized by target audiences which includes Farmers, School and Community and can be accessed at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/f2s/f2s-grants.htm.

Students with Life Threatening Food Allergies
Please see below for a new comprehensive resource on developing school-wide policy for protecting students with life-threatening food allergies. The information on disability laws and regulations, food allergy and anaphylaxis, school personnel/parents/student responsibilities, and comprehensive checklists for policy development are a great resource for getting our schools and districts proactively prepared to ensure safe learning environments for these children.

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the release of “Safe at School and Ready to Learn: a Comprehensive Policy Guide for Protecting Students with Life-Threatening Food Allergies.”

This new guide is designed to help school leaders and schools establish comprehensive policies and practices that support the safety, well-being, and academic success of students with life-threatening food allergies. In addition to providing relevant data related to food allergy in schools, the publication focuses on the need for schools to partner with families and healthcare providers in identifying and preparing management plans for students with food allergies. Further, it provides information on following medication protocols; establishing a coordinated system to prevent and respond to food allergy-related emergencies across the school environment; communicating with and educating parents, students, and school personnel; and monitoring and evaluating policies and practices.

The guide also includes a checklist to assess the extent to which the guide’s components are included in a school’s food allergy policies and practices; sample state and local education policies; a glossary of commonly used terms; and a list of resources related to food allergies.

The publication is available for download through NSBA’s food allergy webpage at www.nsba.org/foodallergy. The webpage includes other useful resources such as a PowerPoint presentation targeted to school board members and administrators that can be used as is or adapted to help bring attention to and manage food allergies in schools. For further information on the food allergy policy guide, please email schoolhealth@nsba.org.

Food Safety Posters
Are your food safety posters getting tattered and looking worn? If you need to replace them, you can get the posters from the National Food Service Management Institute’s website.

Go to this website: http://nfsmi.org/ResourceOverview.aspx?ID=1133. Once you are there, scroll down and you will see the series of mini-posters. Print the ones you need. Some folks like to laminate them so they last longer.

Healthier Middle Schools from Team Nutrition
Healthier Middle schools: Everyone Can Help: is a series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students in wellness efforts. To support healthy food choices and physical activity at your school, a school wide approach works best. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is providing these resources under its Team Nutrition initiative to help you bring everyone together to promote student wellness and prevent childhood obesity. Check it out at: http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/healthiermiddleschools.htm Print materials (printed handouts and DVDs) should be ready for schools to order this spring. Anyone can download the materials now. Click here for promotional flyers.

Healthy Tips on Drinking More Water from Team Nutrition
Click here to learn more about how you can incorporate more water into your day.

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Free and Reduced Application (FR App) Questions re Transfer Students

Answers reference page numbers from the green Eligibility Manual for School Meals.

Question 1: If a student is new to the school district can the old school send the FR App to the new school?
Answer: Yes, SFAs are allowed to disclose this confidential information to other programs under the National School Lunch Act or Child Nutrition Act with no prior consent from the family. (pg. 65)

Question 2: Can I accept the FR App determination with no further action?
Answer: No, when the FR App arrives the accepting SFA should review the application for completeness and accuracy to assure the correct level of benefit has been assigned. (pg. 29)

Question 3: What should I do if I find an error on the FR App?
Answer: The school must notify the family that it must submit a new application with the new school in order to receive benefits.

Question 4: What if a child transfers from a Provision 2 or 3 school, can I use their eligibility benefit?
Answer: If the Provision school is setting a new base year and has a current application on file - Yes, the SFA can request a copy of the FR App and use that eligibility as long as the application is complete and accurate. If the Provision school is not setting a new base year – No, the student does not have a current application on file and must submit a new application. (pg. 29)




NFSMI Online Procurement Training Available

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has developed an online web-based procurement training guide to help State agencies administer the school meals programs. This training tool will provide State agencies with a better understanding of how to best perform responsibilities in the area of SFA procurements, and provide more information on the Federal procurement process requirements, particularly the requirement for free and open competition. The overarching goal is to help the State Agencies, as well as the SFAs, understand the responsibilities for following regulations when providing nutritious meals to America's school children.

This guidance was developed for state agency staff and is now available to the public on the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) website. To access this free training go to www.NFSMI.org and click on online courses, then child nutrition.


Team Nutrition- We Can! Success Story

WeCANsuccess The Miller after School Program, Rustler Roost, recently participated in their community Farm and Home Show. This year there were 60 booths. The event had a wide variety of groups everyone from Tupperware to Master Gardeners. The after school program decided to feature some nutrition activities they learned from We Can! Training last summer.

The students designed a system to challenge the visitors to the booth to increase their nutrition knowledge using ideas from the We Can! Training. Each visitor drew a tag from a vase to see what challenge they would take.

The challenges were:
1. On a sheet of paper with letters of the alphabet list as many fruits and vegetables as they could in one minute
2. MyPlate activity…Create a wise meal by placing food pictures in the appropriate section of the large tag board MyPlate replica
3. With three bowls each containing a snack the challenger had to decide how many of each was one serving
4. Go! Slow! Whoa! Challenge…to the chart challengers had to attach with Velcro each food into the recommended category. Many challengers were surprised by the number that they didn’t get.
5. Using a deck of cards, dice, and CD’s, the challengers had to match food to the appropriate serving size


At the back of the booth they showed a video that told the amount of exercise it would take to wear off the calories in a number of popular foods such as a Big Mac and Fries.

This experience gave the students a chance to make decisions, respect others, problem-solve, develop people skills, and share information they learned with others. It was an opportunity for students to grow healthy in mind, body, and spirit by sharing their knowledge.


Useful Links

Check out the useful links below to keep updated on healthy practices in your child nutrition programs. Consider bookmarking them on your computer for easier access.

Child & Adult Nutrition Services
Webpage
Nutrition Bulletin
Team Nutrition

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


Coordinated School Health – Working partnership between the SD Departments of Education and Health to coordinate programming to improve the health and educational outcomes of young people.
Webpage
News Infused e-newsletter

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

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