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School Nutrition Weekly Update - July 14, 2015 - Issue No. 2015.7-1

In This Issue:                                                                 

  • Policy Memo SP 40-2015 - Revised Eligibility Guidance for School Meals Manual

  • Policy Memo SP 39-2015 - Professional Standards Q&A

  • Farm to School Coalition of NC Statewide Conference - "Cultivating Connections" 

  • Determining Eligibility - Webinars Scheduled

  • USDA Summer Meals Newsletter

  • Q&A - HACCP Plan

  • USDA Tools for Schools

  • Vacancy Announcements

  • Important School Nutrition Dates

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Policy Memo SP 40-2015 - Revised Eligibility Guidance for School Meals Manual

Policy Memo SP 40-2015 - The Eligibility Guidance for School Meals Manual has been revised and replaces the manual issued in August 2014.  The updated version reflects changes made since August, specifically:

      • Pertinent policy memoranda issued since August 2014,
      • Information on the new prototype application,
      • Elimination of duplicative information, and
      • Incorporation of the questions and answers into the appropriate sections.

CLICK HERE to view/download the revised manual (Policy Memo SP 40-2015). 

CLICK HERE to view/download the highlighted version of the manual.

 

Policy Memo SP 39-2015 - Professional Standards Q&A

Policy Memo SP 39-2015 provides Questions & Answers on the Final Rule “Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010”.  Please review the Q&As as they help explain the hiring and training standards that became effective July 1, 2015.

 

Farm to School Coalition of NC Statewide Conference – “Cultivating Connections”

The Farm to School Coalition of North Carolina invites you to the first statewide Farm to School Conference – Cultivating Connections - on Saturday, July 25 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) at the NCSU McKimmon Center.  This conference will bring together 150 stakeholders from across the state who are working to connect the farm to our schools.  Registration is limited to 150 spaces and the cost to attend is $35, which includes lunch, keynotes, workshops, vendors and many opportunities for networking with F2S friends!  CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the conference.  

For questions about the conference, please contact:  Heather Barnes, Conference Chair
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Heather.barnes@ncagr.gov919-707-3127

 

Determining Eligibility - Webinars Scheduled

We invite you to attend a webinar on Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals.  The webinar sessions have been scheduled; July 30, 2015 (10a.m.-12p.m.) and August 5, 2015 (2p.m.- 4p.m.).  Any School Nutrition staff may attend, however the training is specifically designed for School Nutrition Administrators and staff that are involved in the processing of free and reduced-price meal applications. 

SarAnn Suttles will be the presenter with Jacquelyn McGowan and Karla Wheeler available for questions. 

REGISTER for the session of your choice at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1170428296497603586

 

USDA Summer Meals Newsletters

Every month, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service creates two newsletters highlighting new resources available to assist with expansion of the Summer Meal Programs, including the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The July Newsletters are now available for State agencies and sponsors working to improve their Programs and reach more children with nutritious, Summer Meals: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-meal-newsletters.

Source:  Email:  CND PartnerWeb@fns.usda.gov. Jul 6 2015.


Q&A - HACCP Plan

QUESTIONANSWER

Is it allowable to utilize an electronic version of Part 1 of the NC HACCP plan?

Yes.  We have heard your requests to make this important section of the HACCP Plan available electronically! Part 1 of the HACCP Plan contains: Prerequisite Program Standards, Safe Food Handling Procedures, Corrective Action Requirements, and Allergen Facts.  Effective for the 2015-16 school year, Part 1 may now be either printed, organized in a notebook, and located in the manager’s office.

OR

Part 1 of the HACCP Plan can be made available in electronic format, located on the manager’s computer.  Please Note:  If your SFA chooses to make Part 1 available in an electronic form only, the manager and employees must be able to demonstrate that they can easily access the most recent version of Part 1 of the HACCP Plan, are aware of its contents, and use the Part 1 contents of the HACCP Plan information with ease.

The option to use the electronic format is referenced in the newly updated HACCP Checklist which is an excellent supervisory tool to use when assessing the implementation of the HACCP Plan at a school


USDA Tools for Schools

As you make plans for changes or improvements in your School Nutrition Program for the upcoming 2015-16 school year, don’t forget to tap into the great resources available on the USDA website. 

Tools for Schools offers topic-specific policy and resource materials to assist schools in meeting the new nutrition standards. Refer to the latest regulations, find free nutrition education curricula, or get ideas for adding tasty, kid-friendly foods to enhance your school meals program.  Materials are divided among the following main topics:

      • Nutrition Education and Promotion
      • Recipes and Culinary Techniques for Schools
      • Procurement
      • School Nutrition Improvement
      • Policy Guidance

You may also want to take a look at the USDA Best Practices Sharing Center. This collection of ideas is intended for School Food Authorities and State Agencies to share resources and tools they use to serve healthy menus that meet school meal regulations


Vacancy Announcements

SFA/LocationPositionInformation
Guilford County Schools Program Administrator I (Business – Free and Reduced Coordinator) CLICK HERE to view/download the vacancy announcement. Position Available:  Starting Date September 1, 2015
NCDPI – Governor Morehead School for the Blind         (Raleigh, NC) Food Service Director I       (Child Nutrition) CLICK HERE to view/download the vacancy announcement. Closing Date:  July 19, 2015

 

 Important School Nutrition Dates

July

July 25 Farm to School Coalition Conference - “Cultivating Connections” 
July 30 Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Priced Meals – Annual Continuing Education  (10am-12pm)

August

August 5 Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Priced Meals – Annual Continuing Education  (2-4 pm)
August 10 (Mon) Deadline for Submitting Claim for Reimbursement (for July 2015)
August 10 (Mon) Deadline to submit Summer Food Service Program/SSO Claim for Reimbursement


Have Questions? Need Assistance?
Please remember to always contact your regional consultants or specialists first for any questions or assistance unless directed otherwise.

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