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School Nutrition Weekly Update - June 23, 2015 - Issue No. 2015.6-3

In This Issue:                                                                 

  • NCDPI School Nutrition Services Realignment and Transformation Powerpoint

  • Q&A - CEP to Non-CEP

  • USDA Disaster Nutrition Assistance Programs Brochure

  • Revised Food Buying Guide for School Meal Programs

  • **REMINDER** Reduced Price Breakfast Claims

  • Vacancy Announcement

  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Required Annual Instruction

  • Summer Meals:  Transportation Support

  • Important School Nutrition Dates

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NCDPI School Nutrition Services Realignment and Transformation Plan Powerpoint

On June 17 and 18 we conducted two webinars on the Strategic Realignment and Transformation of NCDPI School Nutrition Services.  The structure of the NCDPI staff is changing in addition to the transformation from regions to zones.  CLICK HERE to access the PowerPoint from the webinars that further explains the reasons for the changes and details the new staffing and zone structures.

 

Q&A - CEP to Non-CEP

Scenario:  A fifth grade student attended a CEP elementary school and is advancing to a Non-CEP middle school in the upcoming school year.  

Question:  Is there a 30-day carry over for meals at no cost?

Answer:  USDA was consulted on this question and they responded that the 30-day carry over does not exist for students moving from a CEP school to a Non-CEP School. The School Food Authority must clearly inform households in these situations how crucial it will be for the household to submit a Free and Reduced Price School Meal Household Application in order for the student to receive benefits if they qualify.  The new (Non-CEP) school must process a household income application within 10 days and provide meals to the student until an eligibility determination is made.

 

USDA Disaster Nutrition Assistance Programs Brochure

As you are aware this is season for severe storms, tornadoes and hurricanes all of which can cause a lot of damage.  The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Southeast Regional Office, want to remind you of the resources available at the FNS Disaster Assistance website:  www.fns.usda.gov/disaster-assistance.  On this website you will find the recently updated Disaster Nutrition Assistance Programs Brochure (FNS-483) which highlights information from the disaster fact sheets on the website all of the FNS disaster programs.


Revised Food Buying Guide for School Meal Programs

An updated Grains Section of the Food Buying Guide for School Meal Programs is now available on the Team Nutrition site.  

The final rule, “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs,” published in January 2012, requires grains served in schools as part of a reimbursable meal to be whole grain-rich.  New yield data were developed for items that meet the grain requirement. The revised Grains Section includes yield data for 25 new foods such as, pastas, cereal grains, couscous, and rice.


**REMINDER** Reduced Price Breakfast Claims

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 was the deadline to submit June 2015 claims to be reimbursed for reduced price breakfast meals served.  SFAs are reimbursed for reduced price breakfast meals using state funds and the state fiscal year ends June 30, 2015.  It is important to remember that the federal reimbursement for the June 2015 claim will be issued to the SFAs in July 2015, so please be aware that a partial payment will be deposited and the email notification will only reflect the reduced price breakfast funding.  Those who submitted a claim for all of the meals served will receive the remainder of their reimbursement (federal funds) in July.

 

Vacancy Announcement

SFA:  Pitt County Schools

Position:  Child Nutrition Supervisor/Registered Dietitian

CLICK HERE to view/download the vacancy announcement.


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Required Annual Instruction

The required annual instruction for Traditional Public Schools and Charter Schools with a school(s) selected to participate in the 2015-2016 school year USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FF&VP) has been scheduled for June 29 and June 30; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on both days.  The purpose of this required instruction is to help SFAs prepare for successful implementation and operation of the FF&V Program for the coming school year.  To register click the links below:

Part 1: FF&VP
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Part 2: FF&VP
FINANCIAL GUIDANCE

Monday, June 29, 2015
10:00 - 11:00 AM

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
10:00 - 11:00 AM

IMPORTANT NOTE:  A School Nutrition Administrator (Director or Supervisor) is required to register and participate in FF&VP Part 1 webinar and FF&VP Part 2 webinar before the respective FF&VP allocation for SY 2015-2016 will be released to the SFA.  Each selected SFA must be represented at both webinars.  This applies to all selected SFAs whether they are new to the program or a past participant.

Others personnel such as School Nutrition managers, principals, school administrators, finance officers, teachers, school nurses, school health coordinators, and any others are welcome to participate in the webinars; however, it is not required.  Registration is required for anyone who wants to participate in one or both webinars.

For additional information or assistance, please contact Zoe McKay-Tucker, School Nutrition Consultant for Special Programs at zoe.mckaytucker@dpi.nc.gov or 919-807-3517.

 

Summer Meals:  Transportation Support

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service wants to continue increasing the number of summer meals served to children.  The success of a summer meals program in some areas of the country; especially rural, is based on whether or not transportation is available to get children to meal sites or meals to where children are.  USDA is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) to provide summer meals sponsoring organizations with guidance on how to receive transportation support and funding, if it will improve their summer meals program.

If you are a summer meals sponsoring organization please complete the Transportation Support Request Form (which is online) and submit it promptly.  Representatives from the Food and Nutrition Service, Federal Transit Administration and National Center for Mobility Management will contact them after receiving their Request Form.

If you have any questions please contact Cynthia Ervin at Cynthia.ervin@dpi.nc.gov.

 

Important School Nutrition Dates

June

June 29 Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Required Instruction Webinar Part 1
June 30 Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Required Instruction Webinar Part 2

July

July 10 (Fri) Deadline for Submitting Claim for Reimbursement (for June 2015)
July 12-15 School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference (Salt Lake City)

August

August 10 (Mon) Deadline for Submitting Claim for Reimbursement (for July 2015)


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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