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 Administrative Update: A Publication of Child Nutrition and Food Distribution
 

In this Issue
March 2013

USDA Releases Family Friendly Application

Pricing Memo from USDA

Need Help with Your Menu/6 Cents Application?

Summer Food Service Program Sponsors Needed

USDA’s Smart Snacks in School Proposed Regulation

Farm- to- School Grants  Available

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Claims

Two Free Trainings

 School Lunch Pricing 2013/2014

Ninety- three School Districts/Schools Achieve 6 Cent Menu Certification on the New Meal Pattern!

USDA Releases Family Friendly Application

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has developed a new version of the prototype Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application package. This “family friendly” application package has been simplified to include only the information that families need when first applying for free or reduced price meals in the school meals programs. The application package is intended to be an easy way for families to have an application readily available that they can submit. 

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Pricing Memo from USDA

The interim rule entitled, “National School Lunch Program: School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” requires 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 lunches 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 “paid” lunches or through other non-Federal sources provided to the nonprofit school food service account. This memorandum provides guidance on the calculations SFAs must make in order to ensure they are in compliance with these requirements for School Year (SY) 2013-14. In addition, the SY 2013-14 Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) tool to assist SFAs as they make these required calculations is attached to this memorandum.

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Need Help with Your Menu/6 Cents Application?

Our staff of menu experts is ready and willing to help you. We can meet with you one-on-one and provide guidance on writing menus that meet the New Meal Pattern guidelines and assist you with your 6 cents application.  It is not too late to get your menus certified.  We could even meet with you in the summer to get your school certified first thing in the fall.  Our menu experts are located across the state. To set-up an appointment, email Kaye Knudson or phone 1-888-338-3663 or 328-2275.

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Summer Food Service Program Sponsors Needed

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the NSLP (National School Lunch Program) Seamless Summer option provide meals to students when school is not in session over the summer. Children under the age of 18 can receive a meal free of charge at participating sites.

Schools in good standing in the NSLP can be approved to operate a NSLP Seamless Summer Program. Schools have a choice of operating SFSP, NSLP Seamless Summer or extending the NSLP for students attending Summer School through June.

Non-profit organizations can serve as SFSP program sponsors and sites in low income areas. If your school doesn’t want to be a sponsor, you could consider being a partner with an agency in your community to provide a space to serve meals.

To become a sponsor or sponsoring site, please call Kaye Knudson at the Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Unit at 701-328-2275 or e-mail ksknudson@nd.gov.

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USDA’s Smart Snacks in School Proposed Regulation

On February 1, USDA announced the opening of the public comment period for proposed new standards to ensure that children have access to healthy food options in school. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools -- beyond the federally-supported school meals programs. The "Smart Snacks in School" proposed rule is the first step in the process to create national standards. The new proposed standards draw on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, existing voluntary standards already implemented by thousands of schools around the country, and healthy food and beverage offerings already available in the marketplace.

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Farm- to- School Grants  Available

USDA  Farm- to-School Grants

Eligible Entities: Schools; state and local agencies; Indian tribal organizations agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers; and non-profit entities.  Applications are due April 24, 2013.

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Claims

When filling out the FFVP claims, please look carefully at the unit size on your invoices. Some claims are being submitted with items claimed in a pound. Example: 1 pound of broccoli for $24.86. Check the drop down box for other unit size options.  Please be sure to check the invoice for the correct unit sizes or your claims may be returned to you.    

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Two Free Trainings

The National Food Service Management Institute is providing two free trainings   for the child nutrition professionals in North Dakota.

Financial Management- April 23, 2013
This eight-hour training session will cover 9 learning objectives
Objective 1: Importance of Financial Management
Objective 2: Development of a Financial Management Information System
Objective 3: Financial Reporting of Revenue and Expenditure Transactions
Objective 4: Setting a Meal Standard for Financial Management and Analysis
Objective 5: Managing Revenue in School Nutrition Programs
Objective 6: Managing Expenditures in the School Nutrition Program
Objective 7: Controlling Food and Labor Costs in School Nutrition Programs
Objective 8: Developing and Analyzing a School Nutrition Program Budget
Objective 9: Follow-up Suggestions, Post Assessment, and Course Evaluation
·        Participants will receive eight continuing education credits units

New Meal Pattern- April 24, 2013
This six-hour training session will cover 14 learning objectives regarding USDA’s Meal Pattern.

Objective 1: Identify the similarities between the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Objective 2: Identify the Calorie range for School Lunch Menus.
Objective 3: Identify the Meat and Meat Alternate component requirement.
Objective 4: Identify the Fruit component requirement.
Objective 5: Identify the Vegetable component requirement.
Objective 6: Complete the Vegetable Subgroup Activity.
Objective 7: Identify the Grains component requirement.
Objective 8: Specify whole grain-rich grains.
Objective 9: Evaluate whole grain-rich foods labels.
Objective 10: Identify the Milk component requirement.
Objective 11: Discuss dietary specifications for sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat.
Objective 12: Discuss Offer Versus Serve (OVS).
Objective 13: Integrate the concepts of the meal pattern lesson.
Objective 14: Communicate easy methods of identifying reimbursable meal components in front or near the front of the serving line that constitute the unit priced reimbursable school meal(s).
·        Participants will receive six continuing education credit units that are credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

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 School Lunch Pricing 2013/2014

Section 205 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requires schools participating in the National School Lunch Program ensure that schools are providing the same level of financial support for lunches served to paid students as they are to students who are eligible for free lunches.

Schools currently charging, on average, less than $2.59 for a paid lunch are required to either gradually increase prices or provide additional financial support from the general fund. Schools cannot be required to increase prices more than 10 cents per year. To determine the new price, schools must calculate an adjusted average paid lunch price. The adjusted average price is the average price charged in 2012/2013 increased by two percentage points above the inflation rate and may be rounded down to the nearest 5 cents. For school year 2013/2014, the inflation factor is 2.93 percent. Combined with the required 2 percent increase, the total required increase is 4.93 percent. Schools must add on any calculated pricing increase from last year that was rounded down.

For the 2013/2014 school year, most schools with lunch prices below $2.59 would have to increase lunch prices by 5 or 10 cents.

Examples:

  • $1.30 X 4.93 = 6.41 cents round to 5 cents
  • $1.90 X 4.93 = 9.37 cents round to 9 and round down to 5 cents
  • $1.95 X 4.93 = 9.61 cents round to 10 cents
  • $2.40 X 4.93 = 11.83 cents round down to 10 cents

Average prices from $1.30-$1.90 can be rounded down to a 5 cent increase.
Average prices from $1.95-$2.59 can be rounded down to a 10 cent increase or raise to $2.59

Can a school increase its average paid lunch prices more than 5 cents and carry it forward to the next year? Yes, if a school chooses to increase paid lunch prices more than is required, the additional increase may be carried forward to the next school year(s) to meet the paid lunch equity requirements, (which could be 10 cents). Schools must keep sufficient records to document and carry forward the average price calculations.  If you have any questions about calculating prices, please contact Deb Egeland at degeland@nd.gov or 1-888-338-3663 or 701-328-3718.

USDA has developed an Excel PLE Tool to calculate prices. The new version is available on our website under New & Hot

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Ninety- three School Districts/Schools Achieve 6 Cent Menu Certification on the New Meal Pattern!

Congratulations to the following districts/schools

Anamoose
Beach
Belfield
Beulah
Bishop Ryan-Minot
Bismarck
Bottineau
Bowbells
Carrington
Center/Stanton
Central Cass
Central Valley
Christ the King-Mandan
Devils Lake
Drake
Ellendale
Emerado
Fairmount
Fargo
Fessenden/Bowdon
Flasher
Fort Ransom-Lisbon
Four Winds-Ft Totten
Gackle-Streeter
Grace Lutheran-Fargo
Grafton
Grand Forks
Griggs County
Halliday
Harvey
Hazelton/Moffit/Braddock
Hazen

Hebron
Hettinger
Kenmare
Kindred
Lakota
LaMoure
Larimore
Lidgerwood
Lignite
Linton
Lisbon
Litchville/Marion
Lone Tree-Golva
Maddock
Mandan
Manvel
Mapleton
Max
May-Port/CG
McClusky
Medora
Midkota
Midway
Milnor
Minto
Mott/Regent
Napoleon
Newburg
North Star-Cando
Northern Cass
Northwood
Oakes

 

Pembina
Pingree-Buchanan
Powers Lake
Richardton/Taylor
Sargent Central
South Heart
South Prairie
ND School for the Deaf
Starkweather
St. Bernards-Ft Yates
St. John
St. Josephs-Devils Lake
St. Josephs-Williston
Surrey
Scranton
South Prairie
Sterling
Strasburg
Thompson
Tioga
Turtle Lake/Mercer
Valley City
Valley-Edinburg
Wahpeton
Washburn
West Fargo
Wilton
Wyndmere
Wing
ND Youth Correctional       Center
Zeeland

 

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