Articles in the Feb. Issue:
A Note from Sandra
The days are getting longer and we enjoy more sunshine. We keep in mind those in northwest South Dakota that were hit so hard with loss of electricity and water from the last storm. Some have participated in relief efforts for them. Folks are also involved in relief efforts for folks in Haiti. Your generosity – whatever you can give – is appreciated by all.
What have you done in the last month to learn about the Dietary Guidelines and expected changes? I know you’ve seen this before – but we fully expect changes to be part of the reauthorization legislation. While they likely will not go into effect immediately, we do expect the changes to come fairly soon. I also know that some of the changes will increase foods costs. Are there changes that can be made now that will have a small impact on the budget?
• Legumes (the dried beans, peas, and lentils) are not expensive.
• Education for staff about the upcoming changes so everyone understands the expected
changes (dried beans/peas, whole grain, more fruits and vegetables).
• Nutrition education through articles, bulletin boards, notes on menus.
If you feel you don’t have the knowledge to write or teach about the changes, partner with your schools Family Consumer Science teacher, Cooperative Extension Specialist, or local dietitian. There are also many good resources through Team Nutrition. Contact Child & Adult Nutrition Services if you need some ideas.
The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. -Charles Kettering
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National School Breakfast Week
Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) encourages schools to celebrate March as National Nutrition Month by promoting National School Breakfast week March 8-12. This year’s theme is “School Breakfast: Ready, Set, Go”. The following link will take you to the School Nutrition Association’s website for this year’s guidance for promoting the special week.
March is also an excellent time for schools and agencies to consider expanding your current breakfast participation by doing outreach to your faculty and community to work together to provide and promote breakfast to families. During the current economic downturn more and more families are needing resources on how to provide nutritious meals to their children.
The following website link http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Breakfast/expansion/default.htm is a resource for 1) Assessing Your School Breakfast Potential 2) Strategies for Program Expansion 3) How to Involve Key Stakeholders and 4) How to Plan Marketing.
For more information on how your school can expand your breakfast program or how to add a breakfast program in your district or agency contact Marlyce Micklos, Child Nutrition Program Specialist with CANS.
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The theme for the 2010 Nutrition Month campaign is “Nutrition from the Ground Up”
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Eating right does not have to be complicated. A healthy eating plan should focus on eating a variety of foods from all four food groups. The basic four food groups include meats and meat alternates, fruits and vegetables, breads and grains, and milk and dairy products. When making food choices try to learn to choose foods that are nutrient dense, whole grain, and low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars. Eating a variety of foods each day and each week will provide your body with a good variety of nutrients needed for optimum health benefits.
As school food service professionals you should be cognizant of being a good role model for your students as well as your own family and friends. Work toward establishing a regular meal schedule and make mealtimes a happy time. Mealtime is an excellent opportunity to help children develop a healthy attitude toward food. Whenever possible introduce new food items, perhaps only a few bites the first time, as a way to help assure a good variety of nutrients for good health. March would an excellent time to offer some taste testing days in your school cafeteria as a way to promote National Nutrition Month and discover some new foods for your menus.
A healthy diet along with a nice variety of physical activity is a recipe for managing weight and promoting overall fitness and health.
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USDA recently appropriated one-time money for equipment assistance to eligible School Food Authority’s (SFAs) that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). South Dakota’s share of this money is $61,729. USDA strongly encouraged State Agencies to use applications collected during the ARRA Equipment Grant process since the parameters of the new, one-time money for equipment assistance grant funds are the same as the ARRA Equipment Grant funds.
The new money stipulates that SFAs who received a piece of equipment or was partially funded may not receive money with this grant and equipment already purchased could not be funded retroactively. As you recall, our agency received $2.1million in application requests for the ARRA Equipment Grant funds. We were only able to fund about a tenth of those requests.
The new money is about a quarter of what we received in ARRA Equipment Grant money. With this amount of money we are hopeful that we will be able to fund an additional 8-10 equipment requests. We will continue down the list of eligible SFAs from the ARRA Equipment Grant money until we have depleted the funds.
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The 46th Annual South Dakota Child Nutrition Institute is being held this year from June 20-25, 2010 on the campus of Augustana College in Sioux Falls. There’s something for everyone! For further information go to this website http://doe.sd.gov/oess/cans/index.asp
Track 5 Healthier Schools Track
Track 6 Management Skills “Build Your Own Track”
- Creating a healthier school environment
- Open to child nutrition personnel as well as any one interested in improving the nutritional environment at their school or agency i.e. teachers, administrators, nurses, school board members
Practical Computer Skills
- All participants are required to take a 10 hr. course in Menu Writing
- Participants choose how to fill their remaining 20 hours. Choose from four core curriculums
- Special Diets and Allergies
- Effective Human Relations
- Nutrition Education
ABCs of CNPs—NEW!
- Scratch baking whole grain yeast breads, whole grain quick breads, & whole grain specialty items
- Cooking methods specific to cooking/baking whole grain food items
- 10 hr. course offered on Thursday and Friday only
- Overview of child nutrition programs administered by Child & Adult Nutrition Services, recordkeeping responsibilities, wellness policies, procurement, USDA Foods—including net off invoicing (NOI)
- Open to food service directors, superintendents, authorized representatives, and principals
All tracks have a size limit and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. In order to guarantee your enrollment, complete the registration form and send in your payment as soon as you can! Online registration is not available this year.
The Early Bird registration fee is $195.00 per person if registration form and payment are received by April 30, 2010. The regular registration fee for registrations received between May 1, 2010 and May 28, 2010 is $235.00 per person. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 28, 2010.
For more information and to obtain the registration form please visit http://doe.sd.gov/oess/cans/index.asp
and in the Quick Links box is the 2010 newsletter, registration form, and directions on how to complete the registration form. If you have questions, please contact Janelle at 280-4278 or Shar at 773-3413.
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As we look forward to summer, parents of the nearly 18.9 million children who relied on the National School Lunch Program for free or reduced-price meals every day during the 2008-09 school year must figure out the how to prevent their children from going hungry. In 2009, South Dakota had 30 agencies provide meals during the summer at 54 sites serving approximately 279,140 free meals consisting of a combination of breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks through the Summer Food Service Program.
Research finds that children gain more weight during the summer, and summer nutrition programs can help to combat childhood obesity by providing well balanced meals that are nutritionally superior to the meals they would consume on their own.
Regulations allow the Summer Food Service Program operation to begin the day after school lets out and to continue through the day before school resumes. Some sponsors choose to operate only one or two months.
Your school may have taken part in the NSLP-Seamless Summer Option or Summer Food Program and wondered how to compare the two programs. The following resource may assist you in determining which program meets the needs of your community. SFSP/NSLP-Seamless Comparison Chart at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/SFSP_SeamlessComparisonChart.pdf
Eligible sponsors such as non-profit organizations, schools and local governments can apply to be an approved site in either a low-income area or serve a group of children, most of whom are low-income.
Attendance at an administrative 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 attend should be the person who works directly with the administration of the program. This is essential for the success of the program.
If your administrative staff has changed, or major deficiencies were identified in the operation of the 2009 SFSP, a representative must attend the workshop in Pierre, on March 23, 2010. The full-day workshop will be held at the Capitol Visitors Center in Pierre. The workshop is scheduled for 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Central time.
If you are a prior successful sponsor with continuing personnel for SFSP, you may sign up for one of the two meet me calls on March 10, 2010, from 2-4 CDT / 1-3 MDT or on March 25, 2010 from 3-5 CDT / 2-4 MDT.
If you are a prior successful sponsor with continuing personnel for NSLP – Seamless Summer Option, please plan to take part in the Seamless Summer meet me call on March 9, 2010, from 2:30 – 4:30 CDT / 1:30 – 3:30 MDT.
All agreements are due to Child and Adult Nutrition Services by April 9, 2010. This agency is an equal opportunity provider. Look for theinformation shortly after February 1, 2010, if you are an eligible site or prior sponsor. The 2010 SFSP rates are anticipated after February 15, 2010. For additional information, you may contact the Summer Food Service Coordinator, Julie McCord, at Child and Adult Nutrition Services, (605) 773-3110 or access our website http://doe.sd.gov/oess/cans/index.asp.
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Summer Food Service Program 2010 reimbursement rates are as follows:
Rural or All
Breakfast $1.8475 $1.8125
Lunch/Supper $3.2475 $3.1950
Supplement $0.7625 $0.7450
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It has been brought to our attention that an error was made in our system regarding the value of processed products. The following items are affected: X103 Omelet, X108 French Toast, X112 Frittatas, P103 Chicken Patties, P104 Chicken Nuggets, X007 Peanut Butter and Jelly, X105 Egg Patties.
This affects your entitlement balance if you ordered those products so it shows that more of your dollars have been used than you actually have used. We are working with the Bureau of Information and Technology to correct it. An adjustment will be made and tracked manually for each district if it is not possible to correct it within the system.
We are also working with BIT to devise a method to subtract off the NOI entitlement much in the same manner that we take off value for the DOD fresh produce.
Sandra Kangas, Supervisor
Child & Adult Nutrition Services-DOE
800 Governors Drive
Pierre SD 57501-2294
This agency is an equal opportunity provider.
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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Applications for SY 2010-11
Applications Available on Feb. 22, 2010
The SD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Application for School Year 2010-11 will be available February 22 online at http://doe.sd.gov/oess/cans/FFVP/index.asp. We will mail or fax a copy of the application to any School Food Authority that requests it if they cannot access it. Call 773-3413 to obtain an application if you cannot access it after February 22.
To be considered for the FFVP:
- You must be an elementary school
- Operate the National School Lunch Program
- Submit an application for participation
- Have 50% or more of your students eligible for free/reduced price meals
Dakota Digital Network (DDN) on Tuesday, March 4th from 2-5pm Central Time/
1-4pm Mountain Time.
There will be an opportunity for you and any school staff members interested in learning more about the FFVP via a Dakota Digital Network (DDN) on Thursday, March 4th from 2-5pm Central Time/1-4pm Mountain Time.
The FFVP application process will be discussed at length. Elementary schools that have 50% or more free/reduced eligibility are strongly encouraged to attend the DDN to learn more about the program requirements and the application process. This is not a mandatory training.
Schools that have been on the program in the past will share stories of the many different ways they have implemented the program. Schools can get first hand knowledge of how they might best implement the program in their elementary school if they are selected for the 2010-11 school year.
Host sites will be announced in the near future. If you are interested in being a host site and/or have questions about the FFVP, please contact Janelle Peterson at 605-280-4278 or email@example.com.
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Team Nutrition has completed the review process for funding of the Gardening, Fun, Fruit, and Veggies Event, and RD mini grants. The Team Nutrition Training Grant was able to fund 45 mini grants with the assistance of Coordinated School Health and 21st Century. Eighteen mini grants in the Gardening category, twenty in the Fun Fruits and Veggies Event, and seven RD mini grants.
Listed below are the schools that were funded. Applicants must be participating in one of the USDA Child Nutrition Programs and be enrolled in Team Nutrition. Applications in the Gardening category could apply for up to $500, in the FFVE category could apply for up to $500, and RD application could be for up to $2000. Cooperative efforts on the behalf of two or more schools in the RD category could apply for up to $5,000.
Gardening Mini Grants
Fun, Fruit and Vegetables Event Mini Grants
- Armour Public Schools
- Bethesda Sharing Center-Aberdeen
- Bright Minds Day Care- Brookings
- Crow Creek Elementary- Ft.Thompson
- Custer YMCA Child Development Center
- Gayville-Volin School District
- Great After School Place-Brookings
- Hand County Cooperative Extension – Miller
- Horace Mann Elementary- Rapid City
- House of Rug Rats Day Care- Lake Andes
- Lutheran Social Services of SD New Beginnings Center
- Lutheran Social Services of SD Summit Oaks I & II
- M & M Day Care & The Jungle After School Program
- Rachel’s Day Care – Gettysburg
- Sanborn Central School - Forestburg
- Volunteers of America, Dakotas I
- Volunteers of America, Dakotas II
- Wessington Springs School District
RD Mini Grants
- Aberdeen Catholic School System-Roncalli SonShine Patch
- Bethesda Sharing Center-Aberdeen
- Black Hills Workshop & training Center
- Bright Minds Day Care of Brookings
- Boys and Girls Club of Watertown
- Children’s Home Society of Sioux Falls-Loving School
- Colman-Eagan School
- Crow Creek Elementary Ft. Thompson
- Dell Rapids School District-Dell Rapids
- Eureka Public Schools
- Gayville-Volin School District
- Hand County Cooperative Extension-Miller
- Holy Cross School-Ipswich
- M& M Day Care – Huron
- Minnehaha Co. Cooperative Extension Office-Lowell Elementary
- North Elementary, Todd Co. School District-Mission
- Northwestern Area Schools District
- Rachel’s Day Care - Gettysburg
- West Central HS- Hartford
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- Advance- Brooking
- Black Hills Workshop & Training Center
- Children’s Home Society of Sioux Falls
- Crow Creek Elementary School-Ft. Thompson
- Gayville-Volin School District
- Hand County Cooperative Extension Service-Miller
- Tiospaye Topa School System and Takini School
Fun with Foodella is a nutrition education activity book designed for second grade students. It is the story of an elephant, Foodella, and a young boy that she teaches to eat healthy and be physically active. South Dakota schools and outside school time programs can order quantities for children at no charge as well as an instructor guide and a classroom poster.
The items will be shipped to the address you specify. Contact Child & Adult Nutrition Services at 605-773-3413 if you have questions of to place your order. Or fax your order to 605-773-6846.
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A question came up recently about whether commodities are going away. While changes are occurring, the entitlement support from US Department of Agriculture’s Food Distribution Division is not
going away. Changes have occurred over the years and the Child & Adult Nutrition Services office continues to work to make the system more flexible. The part that has not changed
is that school food authorities (SFAs) receive an entitlement based on meals served in the prior year and the current planned assistance level. The part that has changed
is how the SFAs use that entitlement.
In the past, commodities were ordered and delivered to the school.
Processed items were introduced in the late 1980’s by which schools could order and use value-added commodities. It started in South Dakota with turkeys processed at ElJay Poultry in Watertown and has expanded over the years.
In the 1990’s, a portion of the entitlement was set aside to obtain fresh produce through the Department of Defense. We will be closely assessing the success and value of that program in 2011-12 to determine if we should continue that.
In the 2010 school year, a process was started by which SFAs can designate that a portion of their entitlement be used through a value pass through process.
- The most common method is referred to as “Net Off Invoice” or “NOI” because in most instances the value is received by showing up as an adjustment on the invoice received from the vendor/distributor.
- Schools with a large entitlement can utilize direct diversion in which at least ½ truck of an item goes directly to a processor to be made into product for the school and delivered through the local vendor/distributor.
- Another limited option is an electronic rebate system. Product such as cheese goes directly to the distributor and the school receives a rebate based on their orders/deliveries of products in that system.
SFAs can also ask for direct shipment of product. That means product is shipped directly to the school – skipping the stop at the warehouse and delivery through the state’s system. The SFA must be able to accept at least ½ truck of a product which eliminates that possibility for most of the SFAs in South Dakota.
In summary, the support of meals through US Department of Agriculture’s Food Distribution Program is not going away. The SFAs have more options in how that value is used that best fits their needs.
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As you know, USDA Child Nutrition Programs are going through the “reauthorization” process. In very simple terms, that means Congress is looking at all child nutrition programs—including those programs managed by Child and Adult Nutrition Services. Reauthorization typically occurs every 5 years. Because of the economy, health care, & the war Congress has extended coverage for USDA Child Nutrition Programs for one year. During this extension, Congress will hold meetings to explore and gain information about what changes may benefit these programs.
Some of the 2004 Reauthorization mandates that your SFA should have already implemented are:
Local Wellness Policies
- Requirement for Local Wellness Policies
- Requirement for Twice a Year Kitchen Inspections
- Requirement to Develop a Food Safety Program Based on Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points
All agencies that participate in the National School Lunch, Breakfast, or Milk Programs are required to establish a local Wellness Policy by the beginning of school year 2006-2007. Research shows that a healthy, nutritionally astute, and physically active child is more academically successful. The local wellness policy goes beyond what is served in the school cafeteria…it affects what is available to a student school wide. For more information on local wellness policies, please go to: http://doe.sd.gov/oess/cans/training/wellnesspolicy.asp
Twice a Year Kitchen Inspections
Kitchen inspections must be conducted twice annually in all schools beginning July 1, 2005. Kitchen inspection reports must be posted in a place where all who eat meals can easily see it. States must gather information, analyze, and report to USDA.
Developing a Food Safety Program Based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Principles—NEW INFORMATION!!!
New information about your Food Safety Program went into effect beginning January 14, 2010. A final rule has been issued by USDA, Food & Nutrition Services. The rule addresses the recordkeeping requirement for SFAs.
Records must be kept for six months following a month’s temperature records AND records from the most recent food safety inspection must be kept. (Previously SFAs were required to keep records for “three years plus the current year.”
Clarifies that the food safety program requirement is for agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program andSchool Breakfast Program.
Clarifies that the food safety program must be reviewed as part of the administrative reviews.
The record keeping change is two-fold.
…instead of having to keep records tied to temperatures for “three years plus the current year,” records must now be kept for six months following a month’s temperature records. It is believed that the incubation period for a likely pathogen or communicable disease does not exceed 1 year and so recordkeeping requirements were shortened.
...records that the health inspector looked at or referred to during your last kitchen inspection should be kept on file. Keep only the records for the month of your most recent kitchen inspection…even if that means keeping them for more than six months.
What records are OK to keep for less than “3 years plus the current year”
This rule focuses on food temperatures logs, thermometer calibration logs, refrigerator/freezer temperature logs, sanitizing solution PPM logs, and dish machine wash and rinse temperature logs. This would also include the Food Safety Checklist. Receiving log temperatures might be affected depending on how you record those temperatures. If you record the temperatures on the invoice (which is a great place to record that information), you must keep the invoices for food purchases for 3 years plus the current year and so the 6 month rule does not apply. If you are recording your receiving temperatures on a stand alone temperature log, then the new rule would apply. If you are currently recording your receiving temperatures on your invoice, I would continue that.
Let’s look at a scenario…
In Sept. 2010, the health inspector does a kitchen inspection. Food temperatures logs, thermometer calibration logs, refrigerator/freezer temperatures, sanitizing solution PPM, and dish machine wash and rinse temperature logs were reviewed. According to the first part of the new rule, records could be discarded on April 1, 2011. However, the health inspector hasn’t been to your school yet to do a second kitchen inspection. So, the records from September must be kept on file until the 2nd kitchen inspection has been completed.
Revise your Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)!
SOPs are to be reviewed yearly. With this new rule, you will need to revise your SOPs to reflect the new recordkeeping rule. Instead of having to keep temperature logs and the Food Safety Checklist for “three years plus the current year,” your SOPs should read, “Records must be kept for six months following a month’s temperature records AND records from the most recent kitchen inspection must be kept.
What if I choose not to revise my SOPs?
You can choose to leave your SOPs alone. There is no penalty if you choose not to change the time you keep records. However, that means you will be keeping temperature records and logs for 2 years longer than you need to. Space is often a valuable commodity and this rule is meant to provide relief to SFAs who find it a burden to keep outdated information in their files.
Every SFA should have implemented a food safety program by now. Ongoing review and improvement to your HACCP based food safety program should now be your focus. For questions about this new rule, please contact Janelle Peterson at 605-280-4278 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The rule can be found in its entirety at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/final/2009-12-15.pdf
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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:
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The 2010-01 issue of Mealtime Memo for Child Care, the monthly newsletter that includes menus, recipes, and activities related to child care, is now online. In this issue of Mealtime Memo you will find a review of research findings that show how nutrition impacts brain development and how good nutrition can support learning in children. Studies on the positive impact of a good breakfast are also presented. Suggestions for meeting young children's nutrition needs are included.
Nutrition and Cognitive Development
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As a reminder, Child and Adult Nutrition Services has changed the method of distributing policy memos from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). In the past, we would receive a USDA memo and reissue it under our own numbered memo system. USDA posts the memos to their website, eliminating the need to send out another copy. We are ceasing the practice of reissuing the same memo under our own numbered memo system. We may occasionally have our own memos and will continue to post them to the CANS website.
We will advise you when a new memo is posted either place that applies to the programs your agency participates in and provide a link to the website. It is your responsibility to read the memo, relay the information to appropriate staff, and implement it at your agency. You should call the CANS office if you have questions about these policies. You can print the memo so you have a paper copy if you wish, or you can maintain a link to the USDA memos in your favorites for future reference. You can also sign up for notices when the USDA web page is updated.
The site for legislation, regulations, and policy related to the child nutrition programs is http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/regulations.htm
The USDA memo code is as follows:
- SP applies to School Programs includes National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Special Milk Program. This would include Seamless Summer.
- CACFP applies to the Child & Adult Care Food Program and may apply to centers, homes, and sponsors or only one section of the group.
- SFSP applies to Summer Food Service Program.
The program designation is then followed by the number of the memo for that federal fiscal year and the fiscal year.
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