DPI Policy on Exempt Fundraisers The “Smart Snacks at School” Interim rule goes into effect July 1, 2014. The rule establishes nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students, in school during the school day, including foods sold through school fundraisers. The standards provide a special exemption for infrequent fundraisers that do not meet the nutrition standards. DPI, as the state agency that administers the USDA School Nutrition Programs, has the option of establish a number of exempt school sponsored fundraisers per school year. After gathering input from school foodservice directors and administrators and reviewing the requirements, DPI will be allowing 3 exempt fundraisers with a one-day duration, per school year per school building.
USDA Announces School Meal Flexibility for Upcoming School USDA will allow flexibility for school districts working to meet updated whole grain requirements for school meals. During SY 13-14, USDA received feedback from schools that the whole grain rich products currently on the market did not hold together when produced in large quantities for school cafeterias. Based on this input, schools that demonstrate significant challenges in serving whole-grain rich pastas can now continue serving traditional enriched pasta products for up to two more years, as industry works to develop healthy pasta that works for schools
USDA Policy Memo – Flexibility for Whole Grain-Rich Pasta in SY 14-15 and 15-16)