According to ND Code, the Lead Food Service Worker (LFSW) is required to attend a 10-hour Sanitation and Safety class within six months of being hired for that position. The LFSW must then complete a three-hour Sanitation Update training every five years thereafter. Each individual completing the Pathways trainings for Sanitation and Safety or Sanitation Update will receive a certificate of training. We recommend that a copy of this certificate be placed in the individual’s personnel file.
The Fall Pathways Course Listing is now on the Child Nutrition & Food Distribution web site http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/child/ under the New & Hot and the Training tabs. The registration form is included with the course listing. No mailings will be made of this listing. Authorized representatives and lead food service workers (LFSW) should make sure the information on the course listing is made available to all food service workers.
The Child Nutrition office keeps records of the trainings in a Pathways database. The database is updated annually with the names of the LFSW used in NDFoods. The person listed as the LFSW in NDFoods should be the “head cook” for the site. Since an email address is not a required field in NDFoods, the correct head cook should be identified regardless if they have an e-mail address or not. Name changes of food service personnel due to marriage, divorce or other legal proceedings should be reported to our office so the Pathways database can be updated.
There are a few other courses that can be taken instead of the Pathways version. Approved sanitation trainings can be found on the Child Nutrition & Food Distribution web site under the Training tab and clicking on the Sanitation Training Requirements link. If sanitation training other than Pathways is taken, a copy of the certificate verifying training was completed must be sent to the Child Nutrition office (either by mail or fax to 328-9566) so credit for the training can be added to the Pathways database.
Research has shown that starting the day with a nutritious breakfast helps students stay alert and perform better in school. Having breakfast in the morning also helps children develop healthy eating habits and contributes to their overall well-being.
USDA has developed a School Breakfast Toolkit, which is available as an online resource. The Toolkit provides information to help promote and expand School Breakfast Programs as a way of supporting positive outcomes for children. Many of the materials included on this site are designed to be customized. You can download PowerPoint files, information sheets, letters, and marketing materials and modify them to suit your specific needs. The Toolkit is available on the USDA website at this link: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/breakfast/expansion/default.htm
Some students are categorically eligible for free meals. These students do not need income and social security numbers listed on free and reduced applications. Some groups do not even need applications.
The Direct Certification system in STARS is ready to provide updated lists of direct certification eligible students. SFAs must upload their new school year enrollment into STARS before the notifications can be made. Complete instructions for the Direct Certification system are available at this link:
Important! - - If students who were on Direct Certification last year don’t show up on your Direct Certification list for this school year, please continue to keep them as Direct Cert for the first 30 school days. We have found a problem with the Direct Certification system that is not allowing many of the eligible files to come over into STARS. We hope to have this fixed soon.
For more information regarding Direct Certification contact Linda Schloer at email@example.com.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) training is available on-line at http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/child/train/index.shtm
If you have a question about school nutrition programs, check out our Administrative Manual for School Foodservice at: http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/child/snp/admin.pdf
Beginning of School Year - - - All families must receive the Letter to Households and Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals. (Students from households with approved applications or who are on Direct Certification list from the previous year must be allowed a 30 day carry-over of the previous eligibility determination. Once a current year application is received, it takes precedence over the previous year’s application.)
Note: Application Processing Timeframe: Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications must be reviewed and an eligibility determination made within 10 working days of receipt of the application. The completed signed application must be dated when it is received. The determining official must date, sign, and document eligibility on the back side of the application.
10th of Each Month - - - The claim for reimbursement for each site is due for submission over the NDFoods system for prompt payment. (You do have 60 calendar days to complete/submit your claim.) The Claims Review Process/Edit Check must be completed each month before submission of Claim Reimbursement and retained in school files.
October 1 - - - This is the date that determines the number of applications to be verified, (3%) Record the number of approved applications on the District Verification Summary Form.
October 2, 2013: Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day
October 14-18, 2013 - - - National School Lunch Week
November 15 - - - Verification of Free and Reduced-Price Applications must be completed.
December 15 - - - Verification Summary Report is due. Complete the District Verification Summary Form. USDA now requires State Agencies to report on the results of verification activities for each Sponsor.
February 1 - - - Local agencies with more than one food service site must perform at least one on-site review of each site with food service under its jurisdiction. The on-site review must take place prior to February 1.
March 3-7, 2014 - - - School Breakfast Week
May 5-9, 2014 - - - School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week
It can be very frustrating for some adults to see students throwing food away especially if they have the mindset that children need to belong to the clean plate club. Forcing children to eat can make them feel their own physical instincts aren't important and keep them from listening to their bodies. "That old rule about eating everything on your plate is a no-no," says nutritionist Kate O'Keefe. "If allowed to follow their own instincts, children will stop eating when they are full." Forcing children to clean their plates has no place in the school breakfast and lunch programs. Food served as part of the National School Lunch or School Breakfast programs is not allowed to be used as a reward or disciplinary action.
Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement which explains the food substitution that is requested. The form must be signed by a recognized medical authority and must include:
We have revised the Medical Statement to Request School Meal Modification.
A new section (43) was added to chapter 15.1-35 of the North Dakota Century Code:
School districts may use state funds to cover the cost of milk or juice served during a snack break for students who are eligible for free or reduced price milk. However, districts are not required to do so.
USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food.
USDA is seeking comments on these standards. The formal 120-day comment period is open through October 28, 2013. USDA also wants to continue to receive feedback during implementation of the standards, so they will be able to make any needed tweaks to the standards based on real-world experience. Feedback from students, parents, school food staff, school administrators, State agencies and other interested parties is critical to ensuring successful standards.
Comment by Mail:
To find the standards online, simply go to http://www.regulations.gov and search by the docket number, which is FNS-2011-0019, or type in the name of the rule “Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School”. A summary of the standards is available online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/legislation/allfoods_summarychart.pdf
USDA has written an Eligibility Manual for School Meals. This manual addresses many different special situations that come up on applications. The manual is available on our website at:
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Authorized Representatives were mailed copies of the NFSMI 2013-2014 Planner to share with Child Nutrition staff. NFSMI offers free online Courses that support the professional development of school nutrition personnel. The courses may be used for Continuing Education Unit requirements for certification and credentialing. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and 60 stakeholders have developed recommendations for professional standards required for school nutrition personnel under Section 306 of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Some of these classes will assist School Nutrition staff in meeting the standards that will be set forth by FNS.
Pre-school students enrolled in your school are eligible to participate in school breakfast and school lunch programs. With approved eligibility documentation these students are also eligible for the free and reduced price meals. All students must be allowed to participate if they are in the school during meal times. For instance, if a pre-school program runs from 8:30-11:30am and the school serves breakfast, students who attend pre-school must be allowed to participate in the school breakfast program if they wish to. The school also has the option of letting these students eat lunch at school before leaving for the day.
Section 306 of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act requires the establishment of professional standards for State Agency directors, school district child nutrition directors, school nutrition managers and other staff. What does this mean for the staff at your school?
Why are Professional Standards for school nutrition personnel necessary?
Barrett, J. (2013) Professional Standards for School Nutrition Personnel. Retrieved August 15, 2013, from http://docs.schoolnutrition.org/meetingsandevents/anc2013/presentations/TuesdayJuly16/071613%20at%20215%20-%20Hot%20Topic%20Professional%20Standards%20for%20School%20Nutrition.pdf
Q: I have a new employee. How do I add an individual to NDFoods so they have access?
Q: If I am taking over duties on NDFoods for an employee that has left, can the name of that employee be changed to my name so I can use their ND log in?
Q: I now have been given charge of the Child Nutrition Programs, how can I be added to NDFoods for access?
Q: I have received an application from a family for free/reduced lunch but was notified the student is on the direct certification list. What do I do with the application?