- Back to School Workshop
- FREE MyPlate Resources From Team Nutrition
- FREE: New Team Nutrition
Elementary School Posters
- On-Line Directions for 10 Hour Sanitation and 3 Hour Sanitation Update
- 2013 Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Annual Report
- Letter to Households SY 14-15
- Income Eligibility Guidelines SY 14-15
- 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 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)
- Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Documents
- Action for Healthy Kids
Create Healthier School Environments with School Grants for Healthy Kids
- USDA Permanently Lifts Meat and Grain Limits
On January 2, 2014, USDA permanently lifted the limits on meat and grain in school lunch and breakfast. Schools must still offer the minimum daily required amounts of grain, one ounce for grades K-8 and two ounces for grades 9-12. Menus must also meet calorie, saturated fat and sodium targets.
USDA also permanently lifted the ban on sugar in frozen fruit. We will be able to continue to serve frozen peach and strawberry cups!
- Direct Certification System for Determining Students Eligible for Free Meals at School
- Meal Pricing for 2014/15