Articles in this issue:




A Note from Sandra


Yes – the countdown has started! But - what are you counting down to?
• The last day of school?
• The days until your menus get certified and/or validated?
• The date that the proposed changes CACFP meal patterns are released?
• The date that proposed rules for education/training for food service employees is released?
• The date that comments are due on competitive foods in schools?
• The day you retire?
• The day you start a new job?

While it is important to track dates and meet deadlines, we can count down until we forget to take time and appreciate the days that we are given each and every day. We are each given the same amount of minutes in a day – it is how we use them that makes the difference. Make your minutes count!
• Say thanks
• Tell someone you care about her/him
• Stop at that stop sign
• Smile!
• Check that food order
• Listen to that child/coworker/family member
• Show someone how to do a task

Speaking of dates –
• April 8 - Quality bid quality specs for schools webinar from Action for Healthier Generations as announced via email to food service personnel.
• April 9 – comments are due on competitive foods. Access the proposal at fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/regulations.htm in the Rules section.

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YOUR MENUS HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED!


Congratulations to the following school districts/agencies that have achieved menu certification. You are commended for your work in meeting the new meal pattern requirements!

November Certifications:
Alcester Hudson School District
Belle Fourche School District
Castlewood School District
Centerville School District
Hot Springs School District
Huron School District
Irene Wakonda School District
Madison Central School District
Marion School District
Vermillion School District
Winner School District

December Certifications
Aberdeen School District
Bennett Co School District
Bethesda Lutheran School
Chamberlain School District
Christian Center Elementary
Corsica School District
Custer School District
Dakota Valley School District
Dell Rapids School District
East Dakota Educational Coop
Flandreau Public School District
Gayville Volin School District
Grant Deuel School District
Hill City School District
Jones County School District
Kadoka School District
Marion School District
McCook Central School District
McCrossan Boys Ranch
Pierre Indian Learning Center
Sanborn Central School District
Scotland School District
Sioux Falls School District
Sioux Valley School District
Smee School District
Spearfish School District
St Agnes School District
St Thomas School District
Viborg Hurley School District
White Lake School District

January Certifications:
Arlington School District
Avon School District
Beresford
Black Hills Works
Bon Homme School District
Canton School District
Children’s Care Hospital & School
Children’s Home Society
DeSmet School District
Dupree School District
ECCO, Inc
Elkton School District
Eureka School District
Freeman School District
Human Service Agency ATCO
Immaculate Conception School
Ipswich Public School District
Lead Deadwood School District
McLaughlin School District
Meade School District
Milbank School District
Minnehaha Co. Regional Detention Center
New Underwood School District
Northwestern Area School District
Platte Geddes School District
Rapid City Area School District
Rapid City Catholic School System
Summit School District
Watertown School District
Wolsey Wessington School District
Yankton School District

February Certifications:
Agar Blunt Onida School District
Armour School District
Baltic School District
Brandon Valley School District
Brookings School District
Burke School District
Deubrook School District
Deuel School District
Douglas School District
Hoven School District
James Valley Christian School
Lake Preston School District
Lyman School District
Miller Area School District
Oelrichs School District
Oglala Lakota College
Oldham Ramona School District
Red Cloud Indian School
SD Dept of Human Services
South Central School District
Stanley Co School District
Tea Area School District
Timber Lake School District
Wagner Community School District
Waubay School District
Webster Area School District
Woonsocket School District

March Certifications:
Andes Central School District
Big Stone City School District
Bowdle School District
Britton Hecla School District
Edgemont School District
Groton Area School District
Herreid School District
Lemmon School District
Mobridge Pollock School District
Mount Vernon School District
Our Home, Inc.
Pierre Public School District
Plankinton School District
SD Department of Corrections
Shannon Co School District
Sisseton School District
St. Joseph Catholic School
St. Joseph Indian School
Stickney School District
Todd Co School District
Tripp Delmont School District
Waverly School District
Wilmot School District



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Summer Programs in South Dakota


The Summer Food Service Program and the NSLP Seamless Summer Option applications are due to the South Dakota Department of Education Child and Adult Nutrition Services by April 8, 2013.

The Summer Food Service Program reimbursement rates this year for self-prep or rural sponsors are breakfast $1.98, lunch or supper $3.47 and snacks $0.82. The new SFSP Handbooks are available on the website http://sd.gov/usage.aspx.

The NSLP Seamless Summer Option reimbursements for regular breakfast is $1.55, lunch is $2.86 and snacks $0.78. If you are severe need breakfast it is $1.85 and the specially needy lunch is $2.88. If the school has completed the Menu Certification and is receiving the six cents, your school will continue to receive the six cents through the summer if you are on the NSLP Seamless Summer Option program. Any school on NSLP Seamless Summer Option must use the new meal pattern for lunch and the new production record.

Dates for summer feeding programs:
April 8 Application Deadline for Summer Programs
April 23 Summer Food Service Program Operational Training – Pierre
April 25 Summer Food Service Program Operational Training – Rapid City
May 1 Summer Food Service Program Operational Training- Sioux Falls
May TBD New sponsor pre-approval visit to your site by a state agency staff prior your approval to the SFSP. June-July Program reviews or audits of summer feeding programs for those on the review schedule for 2012-2013.

Contact julie.mccord@state.sd.us if you have summer feeding questions.

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USDA Foods

There has been a lot of activity in this past year on all fronts. As it was named a “Year of Change” it has lived up to its name.

Your last order form will only include the brown box items and will be due April 10th at NOON CDT. The processing order for May delivery was completed earlier in March so there would be product available in the warehouse prior to the first week of delivery.

Food Distribution has been working very hard to make sure our warehouse is meeting the USDA requirements to maintain less than a six month supply of product. Our processors are also working on this requirement as I have noticed an increase in phone calls relating to the amount of product we have with each processor. The processors are also starting to require that states not carry over pounds at the agency levels and preferably not at the state level either. This is to maintain that each school year is completed within the July to June periods. If an agency has pounds at a processor and is intending to carry those pounds over into the next school year they will need to work to get those pounds reduced as soon as possible.

As with each close of the school year please make sure to review your policies and procedures to ensure the safe keeping of your USDA foods. This means you should have a policy to check the refrigeration and freezers on a frequent basis, at minimum once or twice per week. This can be done by either a food service or custodial staff member as long as it is checked to make sure the foods inside are maintained at required temperature standards. Any USDA food losses are required to be reported to our office and replaced by the school district.

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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 2013 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 Rapid City Youth & Family Services
May 14 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls School District
June 11 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 dates and locations of the CACFP Plus! training are as follows:

May 9 Rapid City Youth & Family Services
May 15 Sioux Falls Augustana College (same workshop as 5/16/13)
May 16 Sioux Falls Augustana College (same workshop as 5/15/13)
May 29 Aberdeen Aberdeen Catholic Schools
May 30 Watertown Lake Area Technical Institute
June 12 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.

Mealtime Memos for Child Care

The February 2013 issue of Mealtime Memo for Child Care, the monthly newsletter that includes menus, recipes, and activities related to child care, is now online.

MyPlate for Preschoolers

MyPlate for Preschoolers was designed for parents and caregivers of children between the ages of 2 and 5. It was designed to be an educational and motivational tool for assisting young children in developing healthy habits at an early age. MyPlate for Preschoolers provides guidance on strategies to help preschoolers eat well, be active, and be healthy. The colorful plate is a reminder to eat a variety of foods on a daily basis from each of the five food groups: fruits, grains, proteins, dairy, and vegetables. The MyPlate icon displays the proportions of each food group and is a reminder to eat balanced portions of vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, and dairy each day. While the portion sizes present a general guide and are not exact, it is a reminder to eat more from some groups and less from others.

In this issue:
• Understanding the Basics of MyPlate
• Getting Healthy with MyPlate for Preschoolers
• Using MyPlate in the Classroom
• Nutrition Tip of the Month: Selecting Whole Grains
• What are the Facts - Physical Activity?
• Fruit or Vegetable of the Month: Broccoli
• CACFP Rock Star! Description and Nomination Form
• It's News Time!

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

FNS has officially launched the joint USDA-HHS publication, Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program!

http://www.teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/nutritionandwellness.html

It is planned for the print materials (handbook and CD) to be ready for CACFP child care centers to order this summer. Anyone can download the materials now.

The much anticipated CACFP Wellness Resources Web site is also live! This Web site consolidates CACFP resources in a way that would make them easier for people to find.

http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/cacfp-wellness-resources-child-care-providers

The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) Library

The NCCIC Library collection contains over 20,000 summaries and availability information for published documents of interest to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers and other members of the child care community. Links to full-text publications about child care and school-age issues are provided when available. If you go to their library search page you can search their library resources whenever you would like. The NCCIC Library can be found at: http://nccic.acf.hhs.gov/library/index.cfm?do=oll.search


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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Notes and Tips

With the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) application deadline passed, notifications to schools will be sent shortly. We will also post a list of selected schools on the FFVP page soon.

Just a reminder, if you are planning on purchasing equipment for use in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, please remember to fill out the Equipment Justification and Purchase Form and submit before the purchase of the equipment. Also, FFVP funds can only cover a percent of the costs that the piece of equipment is used for during the process of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. For more information, please contact Rob Ingalls at (605) 773-2977 or rob.ingalls@state.sd.us

The end of the school year is almost here! Please remember to submit FFVP Claims for Reimbursement by the 10th of the following month!

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Cool Cooks in Schools Training

Cool Cooks in Schools is an upcoming 3-day training for school food service staff sponsored by Team Nutrition. You will learn record keeping, quantity cooking, marketing, food safety and more!

The training will be in two locations. It will be held at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings May 28-30, 2013 and in Rapid City at Terra Soncta Retreat Center June 11-13, 2013. Registration will be limited to 60 at SDSU and 30 in Rapid City.

Mini Grant Stipends of $200 dollars will be available to cover travel, room and meals for preregistrations only. Look for more information and how to register on the South Dakota Team Nutrition webpage by April 5, 2013.

Contact Mary Kirk (605) 773-4718 or mary.kirk@state.sd.us for more information.

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Farm to School Census



A notice of a Census for Farm to School was emailed the week of March 11 to public schools, BIE/contract, and tribally funded schools. Nonpublic schools should not respond and can skip to the next article.

If you have done this already, thank you and you can skip to the next article, too. If not, please consider responding. This one is voluntary and we recognize that there are many requests for data and information. It will be very helpful to them to have as much data as possible for this initiative.

• Complete the quick survey online today! Click or cut-and-paste the following link and fill out the survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/F2S.

• Prefer a hard copy? If you would rather complete the Census on paper, please print out the attached copy of the survey, fill it out by hand, and submit it via fax to (609) 936-1462.

• Need help? Call the Farm to School Census Help Line at (888) 633-8345 or email farmtoschool@mathematica-mpr.com for assistance.

• Complete the survey even if you are not currently purchasing any locally produced food. This is essential to measuring the percentage of SFAs that ARE buying locally produced food.

A few questions ask about the total value of food purchases from 2011-12, and what percent of those purchases were locally produced. The questionnaire asks for an estimate; we do not expect you to spend hours compiling data. If you have already compiled information on your local purchases, it will be helpful to have that information on hand before you start the Census.

You don’t need to complete the survey in one sitting—your responses will be saved if your browser is set to allow cookies, if you use the same computer each session, and if you clicked “Next” to store your data for that page. When you exit before completing the survey and re-enter later, you will land on the next page to be completed—keep going and be sure to click “Next” to store your responses.

If you prefer to disable your browser’s cookies, you can still take the survey, but you won’t be able to exit and re-enter the survey (if you exit without completing the survey, your responses won’t be saved).

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School Wellness Policy Summit

Properly nourished and fit students are better able to concentrate on their work, attend school on a regular basis, and perform well in class and on tests. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act passed in 2010, reauthorizing the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and adding requirements for schools to provide a healthier school environment. Each school district is required to have a wellness policy. The new requirements are to be implemented by the 2013-2014 school year and will be assessed as part of the new administrative review for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

To assist schools in updating their school wellness policy and provide tools for effective implementation a Wellness Policy Summit will be held June 6, 2013 at Cedar Shores Resort in Chamberlain. Lunch and mileage will be paid for a team of up to 3 people from each district. One of the members must be an administrator or school board member. Registration is required.

More information and registration will be posted on the Team Nutrition webpage by April 5, 2013.

Contact Mary Kirk, at Mary.Kirk@state.sd.us or (605) 773-4718 for more information.

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Product Documentation for Creditable Grains

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has become increasingly aware of misleading and inaccurate information on product fact sheets. School Food Authorities (SFAs) are encouraged to review the product literature carefully as they are ultimately responsible for ensuring their menus meet meal pattern requirements. It is important to note that CN labeled products provide program operators with a warranty against audit claims when the product is used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A Product Formulation Statement (PFS) does not provide any warranty against audit claims. Any crediting information received from a manufacturer other than a valid CN label should be checked by the SFA for accuracy prior to the item being included in the reimbursable meal.

USDA Memorandum TA 07-2010 REVISED January 15, 2013 found on the USDA FNS Child Nutrition Labeling website: (http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/cnlabeling/foodmanufacturers.htm) highlights common issues related to inaccurate or misleading product literature, product labels, and fact sheets; provides guidance about how product literature can be used to make purchasing decisions; and bring your attention to several sample Product Formulation Statements (PFS) that can be used to document a product’s contribution to meal pattern requirements.

While schools and other program operators are not required to offer processed products with CN labels, it is important to recognize that CN labeled products ensure that the food provides the stated contribution toward CN meal pattern requirements.

Guidance for Reviewing Product Formulation Statements (PFS)

• Review PFS prior to purchasing processed products A Reviewer’s Checklist for Evaluating a Manufacturer Product Formulation Statement (PFS) for Meat/Meat Alternate Products is available online at (http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/cnlabeling/foodmanufacturers.htm)

• Determine that creditable ingredients listed in the PFS match a description in the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) grain bread chart available at www.fns.usda.gov/tn/resources/foodbuyingguide.html If a PFS for a specific product claims to provide a higher credit than what is listed in the FBG, the statement must clarify all crediting ingredients, and demonstrate how the product provides that credit according to FNS regulations, guidance, or policy.

• Verify that the credit a product contributes to meal pattern requirements is not greater than the serving size of the product. For example, a 2.20 oz beef patty may not credit for more than 2.00 oz MMA.

Assure that the PFS proves how the claimed credit was obtained and that creditable components are visible in the finished product. It is never acceptable for a manufacturer to simply state that the product provides a certain amount of credit for the CN meal pattern.

Click here to see PFS templates and samples. Scroll down to the Manufacturer’s Product Formulation Statement (PFS)

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Crediting Grains Guidance

Child & Adult Nutrition Services recently collected some product specification sheets and grain labels from Superbakery & Baker Boy during a validation review. These were sent to our regional office for some guidance. We were referred to a recently revised TA memo that provides “Guidance for Accepting Processed Product Documentation for Meal Pattern Requirements” – TA 07-2010 (revised 1-15-13). Check the school lunch webpage to read this memo.

The following is what we can accept:

• CN labels – SFA’s and SA’s can take anything with a CN label at face value, since it has been evaluated by FNS.

• If there is no CN label, schools should request the manufacturer to provide a “Manufacturer’s Product Formulation Statement” (PFS). There is a template and a sample for meat/meat alternate, fruits/ vegetables, and grains. Check this out on the above link. Notice there is a SY12-13 PFS and a SY13-14 PFS for grains due to regulation differences.
View the FNS webpage on CN Labels for each template or sample.
Schools should either request a complete and signed PFS for each processed product, or ensure that the manufacturer specifications contain all the information on the PFS. For grains this includes the grams of creditable grains per portion.

Manufacturer's Product Formulation Statement (PFS)
Revised Memo TA 07-2010 (1/15/2013)
PFS for Meat/Meat Alternate Product
PFS for Documenting Fruits/Vegetables

-- Sample PFS for Vegetables
-- Sample PFS for Fruits
PFS for Documenting Grains
-- Previous crediting standard (14.75g) Option Available for SY 2012/2013
-- Crediting standard (16g) required Beginning SY 2013/2014
-- Sample PFS for Grains
School Food Authorities
-- Reviewer's Checklist for M/MA PFS

• If there is no complete and signed PFS on file for the product the food buying guide will be referenced.
- For grain products this means that the grain/bread chart will be used to determine ounce equivalent credit.

Click here to see examples of acceptable and non-acceptable product formulation sheets.

Contact Child & Adult Nutrition Services regarding crediting components to meet meal pattern requirements.

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Menu Certification, Validation Reviews and Administrative Reviews

Questions have been flowing into the office about menu certification, validation reviews, and the new administrative reviews. The following is a brief summary to help keep these new terms straight.

Menu Certification:
This is only happening in school year 2012-13, once this school year is over the opportunity to apply for menu certification is also over. Getting your menus certified means that you have successfully completed the menu certification procedures from the USDA FNS. It also means that you are receiving the extra performance-based reimbursement, or six cents more reimbursement per lunch served. There is a lot of information in the monthly Nutritional Bulletin about Menu Certification.

As of March 27, 70% of the school food authorities (SFA’s) in SD have submitted documentation for certification, and 56% are certified!

What if an SFA chooses not to apply for Menu Certification or fails to be certified? Schools that are not certified this year are on the priority list to have an Administrative Review next school year. The sooner the menus are certified, the sooner you start earning the extra performance-based reimbursement.

Validation Reviews:
Schools that have certified menus are in the pool for verification. CANS is required to perform a validation review on 25% of all SFA’s with certified menus. A validation review is an on-site review that covers three areas:

1. Documentation for the week of menu certification - production records, labels, recipes, etc.

2. Review of meal service and practices during the on-site or day of review – this portion looks at any site with the SFA with a different menu type (grade groups or unique menus) and breakfast and lunch meal service.

3. Documentation for the week of the on-site review – production records, labels, recipes, etc. This review confirms that the menu certification was completed correctly and that on-going practices match what was submitted for menu certification.

Reviews have begun. SFA’s selected for validation have been notified by email and should expect a telephone visit from the CANS office or one of the CANs contractors who will be completing your validation review.

Administrative Reviews:
Administrative Reviews are the new program review; this process is replacing both the Coordinated Review Effort (CRE) and School Meals Initiative (SMI). The review cycle is moving from a five-year cycle to a three-year cycle. All School Food Authorities (SFAs) that did not have a review this year due to the changing rules will be first in line next school year for the Administrative Review next year.

The new Administrative Review will be conducted both on and off-site. The off-site portion will utilize questionnaires and risk assessment tools to determine areas of focus. The off-site portion will occur before the on-site review.

Topics of the review include many topics previously reviewed with a few new areas, they are: Meal Access & Reimbursement: Certification (Free/Reduced Applications) & Benefit Issuance, Verification, Meal Counting & Claiming

Nutritional Quality & Meal Pattern: Meal Components & Quantities, Offer versus Serve, Dietary Specs & Nutrient Analysis

Resource Management: Risk Assessment, Nonprofit School Food Service Account, Paid Lunch Equity, Revenue from Nonprogram Foods, Indirect Costs, USDA foods

General Program Compliance: Civil Rights, SFA On-site Monitoring, Local Wellness Policy, Competitive Foods, Water, Food Safety, School Breakfast Program (SBP) & Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Outreach

Other Federal Program Reviews: After-school Snacks, Seamless Summer Option, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program, Special Milk Program

CANS plans to announce a webinar on the new Administrative Review process in late summer or early fall.

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Recent Policy and Rule Releases

Policy SP 28-2013 “Questions & Answers on the School Breakfast Program Meal Pattern in School Year 2013-14” contains Q&As on the final rule to update the meal patterns and nutrition requirements for meals offered under the School Breakfast Program (SBP), as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. As the breakfast meal pattern requirements are being phased-in over multiple years, this memorandum also provides a brief overview of the breakfast meal pattern for School Year (SY) 2013-14 only.

Final Rule - Child Nutrition Programs: Nondiscretionary Amendments Related to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (2/28/13)

Proposed Rule - National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School, as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (2/28/13)

SP 31-2013; Salad Bars in the National School Lunch Program
This memorandum supersedes the January 21, 2011, policy memo SP 02-2011, “Salad Bars in the National School Lunch Program”. This revision includes updates based on the revised nutrition standards for school meals and includes questions and answers. This memorandum continues to provide State agencies with information on how salad bars can effectively be used in the service of reimbursable meals and includes information on portion size, point of service, nutrient analysis, and food safety for school meals. Back to Top





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Crediting Dole Fruit Cups

We’ve received guidance from the Mountain Plains Regional Office clarifying the crediting of the Dole 4oz. fruit cups.

A 4.0 ounce by weight fruit cup is equivalent to 3/8 cup fruit – slightly less than ½ cup fruit. A fruit cup would need to weight about 4.2 ounces to provide a half cup fruit for federal meal requirements. Back to Top



The HealthierUS School Challenge - All things considered

Have your school’s menus been certified? If so you are more than half way in the process of completing the application for the HUSSC certification.

Team Nutrition is still offering a $500 mini grant to assist school districts in applying for the Challenge. The funds can be used to offset costs incurred in applying. For example, to pay for staff time spent on the application process outside of normal working hours.

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April child nutrition program webinar and conference calls



Breakfast Matters – “How to” Webinar: Healthy Menus for Breakfast in the Classroom
Thurs., April 11, 2013, 3 p.m. (EDT)
Click here to register
One challenge of alternative breakfast programs is developing menus that are healthy, interesting, and easy to eat in the classroom. New federal nutrition standards for the School Breakfast Program go into effect in the 2013-2014 school year and school districts are already preparing to offer more nutritious morning meals. Join this webinar to find out how to quickly and effectively implement the new requirements and develop compliant breakfast in the classroom and grab n’ go menus.

Afterschool Meals Matter – Outreach to Latino Families
Wedn., April 17, 2013, 1 p.m. (EDT)
Click here to register
Children of Latino families are often missed by the nutritional and educational support provided by the Afterschool Meal Program. Sponsors and advocates of the Afterschool Meal Program can devise action plans to specifically target their outreach efforts to Latino families in their communities and learn how to tailor their menus and activities so that their programs are more welcoming to Latino families. Learn from experienced sponsors in how they conduct their outreach specifically to Latino families and how the USDA has compiled several resources to help us in our efforts called La Mesa Completa.

The March 30 Afterschool Meals Matter conference call (Working with Rural Communities) was recorded and is available for 30 days.

To access the recording:
-- Dial: 866 854-2507
-- Enter the Conference ID number: 186951

On this call, we mentioned the USDA streamlining guidance that makes it easier for school food authorities to apply for the CACFP Afterschool Meal Program. Click here for guidance. Back to Top



Winston Industries Equipment Award Grant

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) and Winston Industries are committed to supporting school foodservice nationwide. Now in its sixth year, the Winston Industries Equipment Award Grant program will award equipment to one (1) school district in need of improving its school meal kitchen facilities through a competitive grant process. The Winston Equipment Award Grant 2013 application is now open.

Winston will be awarding 10 pieces of equipment through this competitive grant process to one school nutrition program. Equipment includes holding cabinets, holding drawers and thermalizers.

Applicant must be a current member of the School Nutrition Association and must be the person responsible for directing the school nutrition program of the school district. The application must represent the entire school district’s equipment needs.

To learn more about the application and equipment available, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/scholarships. The online application must be submitted by 11:59 EDT on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. For more information, contact SNF at scholarships@schoolnutrition.org or (301) 686-3100, ext. 133. Back to Top



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 Newsletter

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
Working on Wellness Newsletter

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