Articles in this issue:

A Note from Sandra

Once again it is time to reflect on and appreciate the efforts of personnel in the child nutrition fields. The first full week of May is generally recognized as Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week. Thanks to all who care for the children of our state whether it is washing dishes, preparing/serving meals, or completing needed paperwork. It all works together for the common good of the children.
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. ~Oscar Wilde

For those that take a break from work during summer – enjoy your time off your usual work, but don’t let your mind go to sleep! For those that continue working – thanks, again, for seeing to the necessities of people who find they need assistance.

There has been some confusion about the proposed meal patterns. They do not go into effect with the 11-12 school year. It will be for the 12-13 school year at the earliest. The recommendations appear to be broad. Knowing that South Dakota has the lowest per capita consumption of vegetables and fruits in adults shows that we have a lot of work to do to grow the health of the children which is often reflected in adults as children bring the message home. The comments were due April 13. It will be interesting to see what the final outcome is. The CANS staff will continue to teach about the Dietary Guidelines and to recommend implementation of the HealthierUS School Challenge to put a school in a better position to implement the changes – and gain a financial reward as well as recognition. Small steps will cross the gap more easily than one big leap.

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SFA’s Must Help Promote Summer Feeding

Schools are required to promote the local summer feeding programs in their areas. Cooperating with Summer Food Service Program service institutions informs eligible families of the availability and location of free meals for students when the regular school year ends. The outreach should be in place this summer.

USDA Policy Memo SP 15-2011, SFSP 04-2011 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Outreach to Households on the Availability of Summer Food Service Program Meals outlines this guidance. This provision of the Act is effective as of October 1, 2010.

Acceptable activities may include developing or disseminating printed or electronic materials to families of school children prior to the end of the school year, which provide information on the availability and location of SFSP meals. An SFA can distribute to households the location of nearby SFSP meal sites, times of service, and SFSP service institution contact information. The information can use the means normally used to communicate with the households of enrolled children. Sample parent letters can be found in the SFSP Toolkit available at

Sponsors of the SFSP have a prepared press release that they need to give the SFA in their area if the sponsor is not a SFA. If there is a program in your area and you are not sure of the contact, please contact the State agency and we will assist in facilitating the partnership in order for all NSLP and SFSP schools and agencies to be in compliance with this policy.

For additional information, you may contact the Summer Food Service Coordinator at Child and Adult Nutrition Services, Julie McCord at (605) 773-3110 or access our website. This agency is an equal opportunity provider.

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Child Nutrition Institute 2011

Details for Child Nutrition Institute are being finalized! The registration deadline is May 31, 2011. Institute will be held from June 19-24, 2011.

Confirmation letters and the newsletter will be going out the second week of May. If you are registered and have not received your confirmation letter by May 20, 2011 please contact our office.

Read the information you receive closely. Instructors are asking that you bring items such as production records, menus, recipes, etc. to their classes. You will find the list of items you should bring with you listed in the second newsletter under "What Do I Need to Bring".

Don’t forget to grab those records before you leave school for the year.

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School Nutrition Association of South Dakota Annual State Conference

The School Nutrition Association of South Dakota has planned the 40th Annual State Conference. For the first time in several years, it will be on the western side of the state. The conference will be August 5, 2011.
• Preconference classes are Tuesday through Wednesday morning
• First general session is Wednesday at 1 p.m.
• Second general session, vendor show, keynote speaker, and education sessions are on Thursday, August 4. The session begins at 8:20 a.m. Registration to follow.
• Third General Session is on Friday and begins at 8:20 a.m..

Go for detailed information – look for ‘conference page” in the categories on the right-hand side of the page.

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Applying for the HEALTHIER US SCHOOL CHALLENGE this coming school year?

Thinking about planning to apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) this coming fall or school year? Child & Adult Nutrition Services will be reviewing planned menus over the summer, so that applicants can start serving the menus in the fall, saving time at the start of the new school year.

It is strongly recommended that you submit your planned menus approximately one month prior to application whether it be this fall or another month in the next school year for us to review the menus, production records, recipes/recipe analysis worksheets, etc. to ensure that you will meet the requirements. Don’t forget there are monetary awards attached to receiving these awards that will be directly deposited into your food service account.

In addition to the menus, production records, recipes/recipe analysis worksheets you will also want to submit the Nutrition Education and Physical Activity information part of the application for us to review and ensure that these areas will meet requirements as well.

Be sure to check out the HUSSC web page for more details and information at Remember that CANS also has several copies of the HUSSC training held at the State SD School Nutrition Association Conference last fall in Huron that are ready to be checked out. So you can actually get this training on the DVDs at your own convenience.

Once you have received an award for a specific school, you must wait one year before applying for the next level for that particular school.

If you’re thinking of meeting the Challenge in the next school year, contact Mary Kirk at (605) 773-4718 or Jean Schuurmans at (605) 773-6026.

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St. Joseph’s Indian School Receives Silver HealthierUS School Challenge Award

St. Joseph’s Indian School has been awarded the Silver HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) award. The HUSSC is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created a healthier school environment through the promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

Schools have the opportunity to become certified as Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Gold with distinction based on meeting certain criteria. St. Joseph’s is the first school in South Dakota to meet the criteria for Silver under the new guidelines and the first native American school in South Dakota to receive the award. They will receive a certificate, banner, and a check for $1,000. Congratulations, Great Job St. Joes!

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CACFPBuilding for the Future with the CACFP

Upcoming CACFP Training Events:

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 CACFP Plus! workshops are designed for veteran staff that have a solid understanding of Program requirements. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. There is no charge to attend. For more information please contact Melissa Halling at (605) 280-2696.

The dates and locations of the CACFP Basic training are as follows:
May 4 - Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls School District (class is full–waiting list only)
May 11 - Rapid City, Youth & Family Services
June 7 - Pierre, MacKay Building

The dates and locations of the CACFP Plus! training are as follows:
May 3 - Sioux Falls, Augustana College (class is full–waiting list only)
May 12 - Rapid City, Youth & Family Services
June 8 - Pierre, MacKay Building
June 14 - Aberdeen, Aberdeen Catholic Schools
June 15 - Watertown, Lake Area Technical Institute

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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Mealtime Memo for Child Care

The April 2011 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 for Child Care
• Let's Wash Our Hands
• Hand Washing Steps for Children and Child Care Staff
• When to Wash Your Hands
• Hand Washing Questions - Can You Say Yes?
Let's Wash Our Hands

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New Policy Memos

Several new policy memos have come out since the last Nutrition Bulletin that apply to the Child Nutrition Programs. You can find the legislation, regulations, and full policies on the USDA website Contact Child & Adult Nutrition Services if you have questions as to how they apply to your program.


• CACFP 19-2011 - Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Child and Adult Care Food Program Applications memo modifies the requirements for the periodic submission of renewal applications by institutions participating in the CACFP. Additional instructions and implementation will occur with the 11-12 agreement year.

• CACFP 18-2011 - Carry Over of Unused Child and Adult Care Food Program Administrative Payments provides guidance on implementation of the Act’s provision regarding a FDCH sponsor’s ability to “carry over” a limited amount of unused administrative payments from one year to the next. Sponsoring agencies should contact the State Agency for additional guidance.

• CACFP 17-2011 - Transmission of Household Income Information by Tier II Family Day Care Homes in the CACFP modified requirements for the transmission of household income information by tier II family day care home providers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to their sponsoring organization (sponsor).Day care home providers should contact their sponsoring agency for additional information.

• CACFP 16-2011 - Varied Timing of Unannounced Reviews in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) modified the requirements pertaining to sponsoring organization (sponsor) facility reviews in the CACFP to require that sponsors vary the timing of unannounced reviews so they are unpredictable to sponsored facilities. Sponsors now must ensure that the timing of unannounced reviews is varied in a way that would ensure they are unpredictable to the facility.


• SP_29 - 2011 Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk modifies requirements for fluid milk in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program by requiring that a variety of fluid milk be served consistent with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To offer milk variety consistent with this recommendation, school food authorities must offer at least two choices from the following: fat-free milk, low-fat (1%) milk, fat-free or low-fat lactose reduced milk, fat-free or low-fat lactose-free milk, fat-free or low-fat buttermilk, and fat-free or low-fat acidified milk. Such products must be pasteurized fluid milk that meets State and local standards, as currently required in 7 CFR 210.10(m)(1)(ii). Until an implementing rule goes into effect, plain or flavored low-fat and fat-free milk may be offered to meet the variety requirements described above.

• USDA understands that many contracts are in place and would need to be altered to comply with this requirement. School food authorities should work to comply with this requirement as soon as possible, but not later than the beginning of School Year 2011-2012.

• SP 28- 2011 Water Availability During National School Lunch Program Meal Service establishes a requirement for making water available to children in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) by requiring schools participating in the NSLP to make potable water available to children at no charge in the place where lunch meals are served during the meal service. There are a variety of ways that schools can implement this requirement. Whatever solution is chosen, the water must be available without restriction in the location where meals are served. Schools are urged to comply with this requirement as soon as possible, but not later than the beginning of School Year 2011-12.


• SFSP 11-2011 - Waiver of Meal Time Restrictions and Unitized Meal Requirements in the SFSP establishes a waiver of the SFSP regulations for meal time requirements and expands the option to use offer versus serve (OVS) to non-school sponsors.

• Sponsors must continue to establish meal times for each site and provide this information to the State agency. States may establish meal time restrictions.

• Schools electing to use OVS must use the options relevant to their menu planning approach. Other SFSP sponsors wishing to use OVS must follow the OVS requirements for the food-based menu planning approach. This means a child may decline only one food item offered at breakfast and up to two of the food items offered at lunch or supper. There is no OVS option for snacks.


• SP 26-2011, CACFP 15-2011, SFSP 10-2011 Eligibility of Children Evacuated from Japan and Bahrain - USDA recognizes that many families are being evacuated from Japan due to the recent disasters. Some families are moving to safer areas, including the United States. These students are eligible for meal benefits if they enroll in a participating school or institution. This memorandum provides guidance on providing free or reduced price benefits to these students and, if applicable, their host families.

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Food Distribution Newsletter


To be included in the 2011– 12 net off invoicing (NOI) program, your FINAL numbers and award winning distributor information will need to be received on or before May 27, 2011. If it is not in until the 27th and incomplete, it will not be included. The process does take some time to complete. Please plan ahead.

B545 Brown Rice – Do not carry brown rice inventory over the summer.

There have been issues this past month with bugs showing up when a school starts to prepare the brown rice.
• Check your rice prior to use for the presence of bugs. If the rice appears OK, it will be fine to use until the end of this school year.
• If you do find bugs in the rice, you will need to completely fill out a loss report and electronically submit. See link below.
• If you are not able to use all of your brown rice before school is out, completely fill out the electronic commodity loss report for what is left at the end of your school term. You can type your name on the second page for the signature of the person filing out the report and then press submit in the upper right corner.
• Email Mark Moen to make sure he knows you have completed the loss report.

Summer USDA Food protection:

Check your dry storage, refrigeration, and freezer temperatures daily during times of absence to avoid preventable spoilage. If you have a compressor motor go out overnight, you may be able to move product to another freezer or repair the compressor without loss of the product. If temperatures are only checked weekly, the possibility of preventing the loss is unavoidable. If you have a freezer malfunction during times when school is not in session, you are still responsible for the loss as stated in CFR Title 7 part § 250.13 Distribution and control of donated foods. (e) Improper distribution, loss of or damage to donated foods. (1) If a distributing agency improperly distributes or uses any donated foods or causes loss of or damage to a donated food through its failure to provide proper storage, care or handling, the provisions set forth in §250.15(c) shall apply. (2) In instances when it is determined by a distributing agency that a claim exists against a subdistributing agency, recipient agency, warehouse, carrier, processor or other person, the distributing agency shall pursue claims in accordance with §250.15(c).

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Team Nutrition News- May 2011

• St. Joseph’s Indian school received the HealthierUS School Challenge Award at the silver level. They are the first school in South Dakota to receive the award under the new guidelines and the first native American school in South Dakota to receive the award.

• Please go to the Team Nutrition webpage for information on Summer Fun with Food and Fitness mini grants. The mini grants are available to any program that has a child nutrition program that includes seamless summer, summer feeding program, child care food program, out of school time programs, or 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

• The two year Team Nutrition Training Grant has been submitted to USDA for funding.

• Mini grant applications are due April 30, 2011 for the WE CAN training to be held at Cedar Shore Resort July 12-13, 2011.

• Watch for information on the Team Nutrition webpage later in May for fall back to school kick-off mini grants.

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