Articles in this issue:




A Note from Sandra



Spring is here! It’s amazing to see the renewal of life outside and the growth of children both physically and mentally in the classroom. Celebrate your contributions to helping them be successful!

The final phase of start up with Seamless Summer will open April 20; but the Summer Food Service Program will start in paper given some unanticipated errors. We anticipate the offers to enroll for Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program will also occur this spring.

The Food Distribution, Child & Adult Care Food Program, and School Nutrition Programs are operating. Our use of surveys through the system is also increasing. It will be nice to have just one system to track those, though we know some surveys will need to be done outside the system.

Work on iMATCH continues. A program updated passed the security scan and was uploaded in mid-March. It seems that many improvements have been made. If you have trouble with any area, please do let us know.

It’s hard to believe, but next month it will be time to think about procedures for closing down for the summer for many agencies. Please review your HACCP procedures to monitor the temperatures in freezers, storerooms, and refrigerators to prevent loss of food.

The professional standards were announced and apply only to School Food Authorities in School Nutrition Programs – not to CACFP, SFSP, TEFAP, or CSFP. Note that if you are announcing prior to July 1 to fill positions, you can follow current rules though you are encouraged to follow the new rules. Staff will need to track their training hours and that will need to be kept on file. Any training they participate in this summer will count toward hours for next year. We do not anticipate developing a statewide tracking form at this point, as we hear that USDA is developing one.

Announcements for workshops, conferences, and training sessions will come from the various programs and will be posted on the CANS website.

The on-site portion of program reviews is winding up and CANS staff members will be diligently working on closing them out. Thank you for your cooperation during the various processes. We are finding that programs are, as we expected, operating the programs in compliance with requirements in the majority of the areas reviewed. Some tweaks have been identified. Congratulations and thank you to all Program personnel who help keep the Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs in compliance.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy spring.

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Check in With CANS


Conference Call with CANS is a scheduled monthly conference open to all agencies on the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. These calls have an open forum where participants can ask any program related questions. At the beginning of each call, a Program Specialist will plan a brief discussion of hot topics.

The scheduled call is set for Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm CT / 1:30 pm MT.

To join the conference call, dial 1-866-410-8397 and enter code: 7532909724. If you have trouble joining the conference call, or have additional questions call the CANS office at 605-773-3413. Feel free to send in questions ahead of the call to DOE.SchoolLunch@state.sd.us please reference “Conference call question” in the subject line.

Transcripts of the topics or questions discussed will be posted sometime after the call to the CANS website main page, http://doe.sd.gov/cans/index.aspx, under Documents, Conference Calls.



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Community Eligibility Provision


The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Schedule will be open for annual report from April 1 to April 10. All LEA's are required to report school level/site level eligibility data every year, this is a requirement even if your school/agency is not interested in applying for CEP.

Please review the step by step instructions posted on the CANS NSLP website www.doe.sd.gov/cans/nslp.aspx under Community Eligibility Provision section. Look for the link called "Community Eligibility Program".

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SD Policy on Exempt Fundraisers Recordkeeping


In the September Nutrition Bulletin the CANS office advised schools to start gathering data on the fundraisers that take place within their school. It is now time to start collecting this data so that we can analyze the impact the SD policy on Exempt Fundraisers on school groups.

Please follow the link to complete this short survey or copy this link into your web browser https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2YN2PLW. Responses are due by May 15th. This information will help in making a determination as to whether the exempt fundraising policy should be changed or if we will continue with the current policy.

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Summer Food Programs


Find the summer food programs information at http://doe.sd.gov/cans/sfsp.aspx.

South Dakota CANS Webinar Schedule:
• April 27 – NSLP Seamless Summer Webinar 2-4:30 CT/1-3:30 MT The current plan is the iCAN application won’t be open until April 27 (following the webinar) and is due by May 6, 2015.

South Dakota CANS Schedule:
• April 24 –SFSP Applications Deadline
• April 29 – SFSP Operational Training in Pierre, SD 8-4:30 CT (Register immediately)

Please contact Julie McCord 773-3110 with any summer program questions.


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CACFP

Building for the Future
with the CACFP




Upcoming CACFP Training Events:

The following workshop dates and locations have been set for the spring 2015 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. Preference will be given to new staff and new agencies if more than 25 individuals register for any one class.

The dates and locations of the CACFP Basic training are as follows:

May 13 Rapid City Youth & Family Services
June 2 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls School District
June 16 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! workshops in both Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Each session will cover the same information.

The dates and locations of the CACFP Plus! training are as follows:

May 14 Rapid City Youth & Family Services
May 15 Rapid City Youth & Family Services
May 20 Watertown Lake Area Technical Institute
May 21 Aberdeen Aberdeen Catholic Schools
June 3 Sioux Falls Augustana College
June 4 Sioux Falls Augustana College
June 17 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.

Proposed CACFP Meal Patterns – Remember to Submit your Comments!

On January 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule with new science-based nutrition standards for meals provided through USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). With over 3 million children receiving meals from the CACFP each day, the proposed meal patterns will help ensure children have access to healthy, balanced meals throughout the day. The rule will also provide older adults and adults in nonresidential daycare settings greater access to nutritious foods.

We strongly encourage you to review the proposal and offering comments during the 90 day period. The 90 day comment period ends on April 15, 2015. The proposed rule can be found at www.regulations.gov. The easiest way to find the rule is to search for the docket number FNS–2011-0029. The title of the rule is: Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 The rule was published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2015. The above link is a Web-based portal which makes it easy for you to participate in the federal rulemaking process. The USDA assures us that they will consider carefully all comments that are received before the final rule it is implemented. For more information about the proposed changes, please visit: www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/federal-register-documents.

Mealtime Memos for Child Care

The March 2015 issue of Mealtime Memo for Child Care, the monthly newsletter that includes menus, recipes, and activities related to child care, is now online.

Inside the Snack Times are the Best Times: Planning Nutritious and Appealing Snacks for Young Children

Snack times are one of the most important times of the day because snacks make up a significant amount of a child's total daily food intake. Snacks provide children with an energy boost between meals.

In this issue:
• Child and Adult Care Food Program
• Appealing Snacks
• National CACFP Week
• Recipe of the Month: Roly Poly Roll-Ups
• Nutrition Fact: Not All Fats are Bad for You
• Vegetable of the Month: Spinach

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Summer Training for School Nutrition Programs

Participants may select any of the following training dates:
• June 1 – Watertown
• June 3 - Brandon
• June 4 – Brandon
• June 8 – Pierre
• June 10 – Rapid City
• June 11 – Rapid City

All dates and locations are to cover all of the following tentative training topics:
• Practical Skills/Culinary Training
• Procurement and label reading
• Meal Patterns
• Managing food allergies and cashier training/POS meal counts

More information to come regarding registration for training.

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Professional Standards Rule

The final regulation on Professional Standards was released March 2, 2015. It includes requirements for training standards for all employees, and hiring standards for SFA Directors and state agency directors. Information and resources are available at http://professionalstandards.nal.usda.gov/. The rule is effective July 1, 2015.

The training requirements are as follows:

Who SY 15-16 SY 16-17 and beyond
SFA Directors 8 Hours 12 Hours
Managers 6 Hours 10 Hours
Staff 4 Hours 6 Hours
Part-Time/Volunteers 4 Hours 4 Hours


• For SY 15-16 any training completed in 3 months prior to July 1, 2015 will count.
• Training should fit in one of four key areas: Nutrition, Operations, Administration, and Communications/Marketing.
• Training may be completed in a variety of methods.
• USDA has developed a Training Tracker that is available at the link above under the Professional Standards Information tab.

Hiring:
• Everyone currently employed is grandfathered into their position.
• Hiring standards apply to directors. If one person fills position of both manager and director, the director rules apply.
• Positions advertised before July 1 can follow current standards, though they are encouraged to follow new standards.
• New directors must have at least 8 hours of food safety training within the last 5 years prior to starting or within 30 calendars days of start date.
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Food Distribution

SCHOOL YEAR 2015-16 SURVEY:

The annual survey for school year 2015-16 closed on April 6th at midnight. USDA order placement results from the survey will be posted to the Food Distribution website as “Anticipated SY2015-16 Orders” in the Documents and Useful Links website. This will not appear prior to the end of June.

OS&D REPORTING:

An OS&D (Over, Shortage, Damage) Report must be completed for each month you receive a USDA Foods/Commodity delivery, only if your order was over, damaged or shorted an item. The report is due within 5 days of delivery. If you did not receive a delivery, there is no report due.

Please do not submit your report via fax or email.

REMINDER: If you received something that you did not order, someone else is expecting it. The trucking company must take the product back to the warehouse. Please don't accept extra product.

*** Instructions to submit your report on the iCAN system can be found on page 31 of your iCAN Food Distribution Manual [http://www.doe.sd.gov/cans/documents/iCANmanul.pdf].

Summer USDA Food protection:

Summer is a time when school is out and most kitchens are vacated. If yours is one of them here are some time and possible money saving tips.

• Reduce the amount of product you will be carrying over the summer, whether in the store room, the cooler or the freezer.
• Make sure your policies and procedures are in place and followed to prevent refrigeration or freezer losses.
    -Each summer schools loose product due to electrical and mechanical problems.
    -Policies should include someone checking your walk-in coolers and freezers after every thunderstorm.
• Replacing the lost foods is more costly than you want to endure in addition to the mess of cleaning it all up.

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 sub-distributing agency, recipient agency, warehouse, carrier, processor or other person, the distributing agency shall pursue claims in accordance with §250.15(c).

As always if you have questions concerning your USDA Foods please contact Mark Moen 605-280-7617 or Karen Webber-Boyer 605-773-4353.

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Paid Lunch Equity Guidance for School Year 2015-16

School Program regulations require school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure sufficient funds are provided to the nonprofit school food service account for meals served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals. There are two ways to meet this requirement: either through the prices charged for student “paid” meals or through other non-Federal sources provided to the nonprofit school food service account.

For SY 2015-2016, SFAs which charged less than $2.70 (weighted average) for paid lunches in SY 2014-2015 are required to increase their weighted average lunch price or add non-Federal funds to the non-profit school food service account.

SY 2015-16, SFAs may continue to count as a non-Federal source:
1. Any funds provided by organizations for any paid meal (breakfast or lunch)
2. Any proportion attributable to paid meals from direct payments made from school district funds to support lunch service

Please review FNS memo SP 03-2015 for more information on the PLE school year 2015-2016 calculations and tools.

The Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) requirement exemption has been extended through school year 2016-2017 in memo SP 19-2015. A PLE requirement exemption is only allowed for School Food Authorities (SFAs) in strong financial standing. The SFA has been certified meal pattern requirements and can demonstrate that the required increase to paid lunch prices or revenue contributions would cause the SFA to exceed the 3-month operating balance limit.

There are list of factors that CANS is must consider when evaluating a request for a PLE exemption, those factors include: meal standards, competitive foods, administrative reviews, meal service and participation, resource management, professional support, cafeteria and kitchen equipment, and free/reduced price eligibility determinations. For a list of questions related to each factor listed above which must be addressed prior to an approval for PLE exemption, please review FNS memo SP 19-2015.

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FFVP Reminder: 2nd Allocation Amounts

As the school year is dwindling, many 2nd allocations of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program are, as well.

If the 2nd allocation is overspent, the school may receive reimbursement for the over budget 2nd allocation amount if at the end of the period there are unspent funds from other schools in the FFVP. Keep in mind that the yearly maximum reimbursement a school may receive is $75 per student in the program. If a school over spent the allocation and it equates to greater than $75 per student in the program, the school must absorb any expense greater than the $75 maximum. The excess expense that is absorbed by the school CANNOT be from the School Food Service Account.

Please feel free to contact Rob with any questions.

Rob.ingalls@state.sd.us
605-773-2977



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Requests for Exemption from the School Meals’ Whole Grain-Rich Requirement for School Years 2014-2015 and 2015-16

For school years 2014-15 and 2015-16 any school food authority (SFA) that demonstrates a hardship in procuring compliant whole grain-rich products that are acceptable to students may apply for an exemption to the whole grain-rich (WGR) requirement.

CANS recognizes the challenges that schools are facing in finding WGR products that are acceptable to students and the limited whole grain rich product availability and will offer this exemption to SFAs.

All schools that do not have an approved Whole Grain-Rich exemption on file with CANS are expected to meet the NSLP and SBP regulations that require all grains offered in the NSLP and SBP be whole grain-rich.

For the remainder of SY 2014-15 and SY 2015-16, CANS may approve an SFA’s exemption request for specific products if the SFA can demonstrate hardship(s) in procuring, preparing, or serving compliant whole grain-rich products that are accepted by students. The temporary exemptions are allowed for any type of grain product(s), (e.g., pasta, bread, brown rice, etc.) and for one or more different products. This is not a blanket exemption of the Whole Grain-Rich requirement.

Hardships that may be considered may include the following examples:

Financial hardship
• The SFA’s records provided to the State agency demonstrate a significant drop in meal counts after the whole grain-rich product(s) was offered.
• The SFA experienced a significant cost increase when procuring the whole grain-rich product(s). Limited product availability
• The SFA does not have access to a compliant whole grain-rich product(s) in the local market and would like to offer enriched grain item(s) temporarily.

Unacceptable product quality
• The whole grain-rich product(s) offered by the SFA did not retain the desired texture or lost palatability during the typical holding time.

Poor student acceptability
• The whole grain-rich product(s) offered by the SFA received significant negative student/parent feedback or there was increased plate waste of that menu item when the whole grain-rich product(s) was offered multiple times and over a sustained period of time.

Other factors may also be considered, such as:
• The SFA’s efforts to find viable ways to comply with the whole grain-rich requirement:
   - Sought technical assistance.
   - Used alternative product types/brands (and provided product description, manufacturer, and number).
   - Used alternative cooking methods or modified the recipe (and provided a description or recipes/production records).
• The SFA’s plan to achieve future compliance with the full whole grain-rich requirement once the exemption expires.

SFAs with an approved exemption must still comply with the requirement that at least half of the grains served meet the definition of Whole Grain-Rich.

As required by federal guidance CANS is working with FNS RO to establish an exemption process prior to releasing the waiver to SFAs. Once this form has been approved by the FNS RO, the whole grain rich waiver request will be available on the CANS NSLP website.

SFAs with a pasta waiver do not need to reapply for a whole grain rich waiver. The new waiver must be completed and submitted only if the SFA would like to add additional whole grain rich items to the waiver request. Please review memo SP 20-2015 for more details or if you have questions: http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/policy.

Whole Grain Rich Resources
• Best Practices Sharing Center: http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/best-practices is a convenient forum to share information about whole grain-rich products
• Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/whole-grain-resource
• USDA Foods: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/foods-expected-be-available
• Alliance for A Healthier Generation: https://schools.healthiergeneration.org/resources__tools/
• Team Nutrition resources: http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition
• Smarter Lunchrooms resources: http://smarterlunchrooms.org/

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Food Buying Guide

• The Food Buying Guide and the Grain Bread Chart is to be used to validate information from a Product Formulation Statement, as well as for calculating the contribution toward meal pattern requirements for food items not covered by a CN label or Product Formulation Statement

• The Food Buying Guide can be accessible here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/food-buying-guide-school-meal-programs

For more information, please view USDA Memo TA 07-2010 (v.3).

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$6 million grant dollars to be awarded!

Applications are being requested for the USDA’s Fiscal Year 2016 round of Farm to School grants.

Why not use the resources right in your local community? Support your local producer/s and use area grown, fresh foods. These grants are designed to help you do just that.

These grants can help you get started or expand what you already have in place, creating stronger connections between local and regional producers and school cafeterias.

Not only does the school benefit from locally grown foods, their purchasing helps create local jobs and economic benefits, particularly in rural agricultural communities.

There are four different kinds of grants available:

• Planning grants -are for schools or school districts just getting started on farm to school activities; they’re designed to help them organize and structure their efforts for maximum impact by incorporating best practices into early planning considerations. Planning awards range from $20,000 - $45,000.

• Implementation grants - are available for schools or school districts seeking to augment or expand existing farm to school efforts. Implementation and support service awards range from $65,000 - $100,000.

• Support service grants- are intended for non-profit entities, Indian tribal organizations, state and local agencies, and agriculture producers or groups of producers to evolve farm to school initiatives. Implementation and support service awards range from $65,000 - $100,000.

• Training grants -Additionally, all eligible entities can still apply for funds to support training and technical assistance, such as local procurement, food safety, culinary education, and integration of agriculture based curriculum. Training awards range from $15,000 - $50,000.

Matching funds of 25% are required for all four grant types.

Proposals for planning, implementation, and support service grants are due at 11:59 p.m. EST, May 20, 2015. Letters of intent for training grants are due at 11:59 p.m. EST, April 30, 2015. Estimated Award Date: November 18, 2015.

More information about the grant program, upcoming webinars relevant to applicants, and sample grant applications can be found on-line at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school-grant-program.

In addition, applicants can find a set of Frequently Asked Questions and access examples of previously successful applications online via the USDA Farm to School website. http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school

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Harvest of the Month (HOM) Mini-Grants

Applications are still being accepted for the 2014-2016 Harvest of the Month Mini-Grants. Funding is available for summer programs as well as school year 2015-2015.

The purpose of this mini-grant is to actively engage children in learning about and exposing them to sample fruits and vegetables. The mini-grant should be used in schools, after school programs, preschools, and summer programs. A team approach including the school, parents and community grocers is recommended.

In an effort to involve grocers or farmers' markets in promoting fruits and vegetables, the grant will also provide free print resources for HOM/Pick it! Try it! Like it! materials for the grocers or vendors who agree to provide these complimentary materials to shoppers in their stores.

Grant funding will be based on the total enrollment of the class(es) who will experience HOM: 0 to 100 children = $125, 101 to 200 children =$250, 201 to 400 children =$500. It is acceptable to request smaller amounts.

Funding for the mini-grants is provided through the USDA Team Nutrition State Training Grant. For additional information or assistance, contact Karlys Wells at 605-688-4039 or Karlys.wells@sdstate.edu.

2014 – 2016 Smarter Lunchrooms Sub-Grants
(Provided by USDA Team Nutrition State Training Grant 2014-2016) Applications can be found on the SD Team Nutrition Site at http://doe.sd.gov/cans/teamnutrition.aspx and will be accepted now through May 1, 2015.

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Local Foods in the Cafeteria

The following link is rich in resources for your success in your Farm to School program. http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/procuring-local-foods

From webinars on procurement to finding local producers this site will have the answers and guidance you are seeking to acquire your goals. Facts sheets, policy memos and regulations with step by step descriptions of processes used will help you along your way.

Use the “buying local decision tree” to help you collect the information you need to buy local product for the school cafeteria. This source can be found at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/f2s/Local_Procurement_Decision_Tree.pdf “Procurement” means buying goods and services. The rules of procurement help ensure that program benefits are received by eligible schools and children, and that tax payer dollars are used effectively and efficiently, with no waste or abuse.

Whether you want to start small and grow larger with the program as time progresses or begin a large scale program from the get go, these resource will guide you through. With the abundant resources available you are sure to have a productive and successful Farm to School program. Your school will benefit by using locally grown foods while supporting the community. Your students will benefit from the freshness and quality of the food they are consuming. It’s a win, win situation! Now all you have to do is get started!

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2014 – 16 Smarter Lunchrooms Sub-Grants

(Provided by USDA Team Nutrition State Training Grant 2014-16)
Applications can be found on the SD Team Nutrition Site at http://doe.sd.gov/cans/teamnutrition.aspx and will be accepted now through May 1, 2015.

The South Dakota Department of Education, Child and Adult Nutrition Services (SD DOE CANS) in collaboration with South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU Extension) is pleased to announce the Smarter Lunchrooms sub-grant opportunity. The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement and techniques are based on the principles of utilizing environment cues to influence healthy eating behaviors. Budgets are tight and time is often in short supply and the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement recognizes these factors by providing research based and affordable solutions for lunchrooms! Additional information on the Smarter Lunchroom Movement can be found at: http://smarterlunchrooms.org/homepage

Call Megan Olesen at 605-995-7382 with questions about the application.

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South Dakota Team Nutrition has Joined Facebook

We are happy to announce that South Dakota now has a Team Nutrition Facebook page. All you have to do is click on the link and “Like” the page to get up-to-date notifications of the happenings within Team Nutrition.

Team Nutrition Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/SouthDakotaTeamNutrition

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Funding Opportunity to Improve Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in South Dakota Schools

What can you do? Encourage students, parents and school staff to sign up for Fuel Up to Play 60, a program that encourages youth to eat healthy foods and be more active. Its activities may be customized to any school's goals. Strategies are grounded in evidence-based research and are fully supported by organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and National Medical Association.

Fuel Up to Play 60 also provides funding for any qualifying K-12 school enrolled in the program. Schools may apply to receive up to $4,000 a year. There are two competitive funding periods in each school year. The next application will open this spring, with an application deadline of June 16, 2015. Awarded recipients will receive the funds in time to be used in the 2015-2016 school year.

There are a number of ways that you can get involved in Fuel Up to Play 60. If you would like to opt-in to a monthly newsletter or learn more, email Whitney Jerman, MS, RD, LN, Health & Wellness Program Manager at wjerman@midwestdairy.com.

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School Breakfast Grant Opportunities 2015-16

Are you trying to find a new way to reach more of your students at Breakfast? Here is your chance to receive funding to help you do just that!

Action for Healthy Kids has grant opportunities for School Breakfast! Just visit Action for Healthy Kids to find out how you can apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 to help expand your school breakfast program! Applications for Grants will be accepted through May 1, 2015 and South Dakota schools are eligible for two different types of grants.

If you are looking for funding for just one site you would want to apply for the School Building Alternative Breakfast Grants to include alternative breakfast programs (i.e., breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast, breakfast after 1st period, breakfast on the school bus) and universal breakfast programs.
• Grant size is $1,750 per school.
• Priority of this grant is given to schools with a Free and Reduced percentage of 40% of more and to schools that have an enrollment of at least 500 students.
• What’s the catch? The goal of schools receiving this grant is to in increase in Average Daily Participation by 25% by the end of the school year as well as Schools must also join the celebration during Every Kid Healthy Week by hosting a family-friendly health-promoting event during April 2016.

Maybe you are looking to implement an alternative breakfast program district wide, if you are the School District Alternative Breakfast Grants is for you! Just like the school building grant this is to include alternative breakfast programs (i.e., breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast, breakfast after 1st period, breakfast on the school bus) but it is intending for 10-30 schools within the district.
• Average district grant size will depend on the number of schools included in project with each school receiving $2,100! (i.e. 10 schools funded = $21,000).
• Priority of this grant is given to schools with a Free and Reduced percentage of 50% of more.
• What’s the catch? The goal of schools receiving this grant is to in increase in Average Daily Participation by 35% by the end of the school year as well as Schools must also join the celebration during Every Kid Healthy Week by hosting a family-friendly health-promoting event during April 2016. Also, the primary contact must attend training during the summer or at the early implementation stage.

Helpful tips for applying:
• Print out a copy of the Breakfast or Every Kid Healthy paper application to fill out.
• Transfer the paper copy to the online grant portal – this part only takes about 30 minutes.
• Submit by Friday, May 1, 2015

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Regulatory Updates

Updated Policies

Policies that have multiple numbers mean those apply to multiple programs.

Child & Adult Care Food Program
As a reminder, the proposed meal pattern for Child & Adult Care Food Program is open for comments through April 15. The proposed rules can be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/federal-register-documents.

Four new policies were issued for Child & Adult Care Food Program for local agencies. Current policies can be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/policy (CACFP memos). While CACFP09 refers to Administrative Review, which is part of National School Lunch Program, the majority of the memo regarding use of labels applies across all child nutrition programs.

03/20/2015 SP31 CACFP12 SFSP14-2015
Guidance on Prohibition of Separation by Gender during CNP Meal Service

03/13/2015 CACFP11-2015
Local foods in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

03/11/2015 SP11v2 CACFP10 SFSP13-2015
CN Labels Copied with a Watermark Acceptable Documentation

03/11/2015 SP27 CACFP09 SFSP12-2015
Administrative Review Process Regarding the Child Nutrition (CN) Label, Watermarked CN Label and Manufacturer’s Product Formulation Statement

School Nutrition Programs (SP memos)

Policies that apply to school operation and administration can be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/policy.

03/31/2015 SP23-2014v3
Q&As Related to the “Smart Snacks” Interim Final Rule

03/30/2015 SP32 CACFP13 SFSP15-2015
Statements Supporting Accommodations for Children with Disabilities in the Child Nutrition Programs

03/20/2015 SP31 CACFP12 SFSP14-2015
Guidance on Prohibition of Separation by Gender during CNP Meal Service

03/18/2015 SP30-2015
Office of Management and Budget Super-Circular 2CFR Part 200

03/13/2015 SP29-2015
Reporting Guidance for Results of Administrative Reviews Conducted in SY 2013-14

03/13/2015 SP28-2015
Q&As Regarding the Use of SAE Funds and SA Funds for Farm to School Related Expenses

03/11/2015 SP11v2 CACFP10 SFSP13-2015
CN Labels Copied with a Watermark Acceptable Documentation

03/11/2015 SP27 CACFP09 SFSP12-2015
Administrative Review Process Regarding the Child Nutrition (CN) Label, Watermarked CN Label and Manufacturer’s Product Formulation Statement

03/06/2015 SP26-2015
FY2015 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants for SFAs

03/04/2015 SP25-2015
Extension of the Deadline for LEAs to Elect the Community Eligibility Provision for School Year 2015-16

Summer Food Service Program
A few new policies have been issued for Summer Food Service Program since the last bulletin. Current policies can be found at– http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/policy (SFSP memos)

03/30/2015 SP32 CACFP13 SFSP15-2015
Statements Supporting Accommodations for Children with Disabilities in the Child Nutrition Programs

03/20/2015 SP31 CACFP12 SFSP14-2015
Guidance on Prohibition of Separation by Gender during CNP Meal Service

03/11/2015 SP11v2 CACFP10 SFSP13-2015
CN Labels Copied with a Watermark Acceptable Documentation

03/11/2015 SP27 CACFP09 SFSP12-2015
Administrative Review Process Regarding the Child Nutrition (CN) Label, Watermarked CN Label and Manufacturer’s Product Formulation Statement

Request For Information

As noted last month, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a ‘Request for Information: Summer Meals Program Data Reporting Requirements’ in the Federal Register. Be sure to carefully read this, assess the impact on your staff, and submit comments. FNS is particularly interested in the opportunities and challenges associated with these changes. To be assured of consideration, written information must be submitted or postmarked on or before June 8, 2015.

The ‘Request for Information: Summer Meals Program Data Reporting Requirements’ is now available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/09/2015-05314/ request-for-information-summer-meal-programs-data-reporting-requirements

Food Distribution
No new policies have been issues for the other child nutrition and food distribution programs since the last bulletin.

Food Distribution policies for school nutrition programs can be found at - http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/Policy/schcnp_policies.htm



The Emergency Food Assistance Program –
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/Policy/tefap_policies.htm

Commodity Supplemental Food Program –
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/Policy/csfp_policies.htm

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Let’s Move Blog

The ‘Let’s Move Blog’ is a great place to keep up to date with the Let’s Move campaign, which focuses on overall wellness for a healthier tomorrow.

Recent articles include:
• First Lady Michelle Obama Joins Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show
• Have You Learned the #GimmeFive Dance?
• Kid Chefs: Join the Fourth Annual Heathy Lunchtime Challenge!

Visit the ‘Let’s Move Blog’ here to view recent stories, and more: http://www.letsmove.gov/blog/all

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