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Food Service News Archive:

Nov. 8, 2022
School Nutrition Program equipment grants available
National School Lunch Program equipment grants are now available for school year 2022-23. More than $250,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding was received, which is more than four times the amount typically awarded. Find more information and the application on the Child and Adult Nutrition Services School Nutrition Program webpage under the "Equipment Grants" heading. Applications are due by mail, not email, and must be postmarked by Nov. 30, 2022.


Sept. 22, 2022
Celebrate the 2022 South Dakota Crunch Off
The South Dakota Crunch Off is a statewide event to celebrate local produce and Farm to School by crunching into any South Dakota grown "crunchy" fruit or vegetable. Anyone can participate. Simply register your crunch event and post a photo or video crunching to social media with #SouthDakotaCrunch. South Dakota Crunch Off events may occur anytime between Sept. 26 and Oct. 7, 2022. Learn more and register your event.


Aug. 15, 2022
Temporary flexibility for nonprofit food service account finances
This memo communicates a temporary flexibility for food service finances from School Year (SY) / Program Year (PY) 2021-22 that allows School Nutrition Program (SNP) or Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators to apply for a two-year spend down plan if the program operator exceeds a five-month net cash resource limit.


July 18, 2022
School meal applications required for SY 2022-23
Families that may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals will need to submit an application for SY 2022-23. Waivers that allowed schools to serve universal free meals, due to the pandemic, have expired. Schools should communicate early and often with families about the application process. Learn more.


July 15, 2022
Harvest of the Month Grant available from DOH
The South Dakota Department of Health is offering a grant to fund up to $1,500 to implement Harvest of the Month for 10 youth programs across the state. The purpose of this grant is to actively engage children in learning about and exposing them to fruits and vegetables through Harvest of the Month educational lesson plans, recipes, and supporting materials. Applications are due Aug. 10 by 5 p.m. CT. Learn more and access the grant application.


July 8, 2022
Keep Kids Fed Act and new USDA nationwide waivers
A memorandum from DOE's Child and Adult Nutrition Services offers the latest news on the school food service front, including information about the Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022, a second round of supply chain assistance funding, and a host of new waivers.


July 1, 2022
Managing staff changes
When you have staffing changes in your school nutrition program, remember to consider whether they will need access to iCAN for applications, claims, and/or food distribution program orders. If staff need iCAN access, you will need to submit an iCAN user request form to DOE.Schoollunch@state.sd.us. Please be sure to indicate on the form if your new staff is replacing a staff member that currently has iCAN access. For questions regarding the user request form please call 605-773-3413 or email DOE.Schoollunch@state.sd.us.


July 1, 2022
Check in with CANS calls resume Aug. 4
Join Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) each month for the Check in with CANS conference call, to resume Aug. 4. These Zoom calls provide updates on hot topics and an opportunity for you to ask questions. They are typically scheduled for the first Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. MT August through June. All Child Nutrition Program operators (School Nutrition Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program) are invited. Watch your email for access details.


July 1, 2022
USDA issues transitional nutrition standards for next two school years
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced school nutrition standards for school years 2022-23 and 2023-24. This rule will provide a transition period by establishing nutrition standards for milk, whole grains, and sodium for the next two school years while USDA works with schools, industry, families, and other partners to develop long-term standards to be in place by SY 2024-25. Learn more on USDA's Building Back Better with School Meals website.