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School Nutrition Weekly Update - October 12, 2015 - Issue No. 2015.10-1

In This Issue:                                                                 

    • It's National School Lunch Week!

    • 2015-2015 Bonus Pay - Q&A

    • Continuing Education Opportunities

    • *REMINDER* Workshop - SummerPalooza Summit!...Expanding Summer Nutrition for NC Kids

    • Important School Nutrition Dates

    • In the Previous Issue of SN Weekly...

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SNWU 10-12-2015 Print Version

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It's National School Lunch Week!

October 12-16, 2015 is National School Lunch Week (NSLW).  This week long celebration of the school lunch program is sponsored by the School Nutrition Association.  The 2015 theme is “School Lunch Snapshot”.   For more information and a host of resources to celebrate this event visit the School Nutrition Association NSLW page.

We encourage the SFAs to take snapshots of NSLW activities in your schools (i.e., serving lines, posters, decorations, etc.) and share them with us so that we may share and promote “the best, real images of today’s school lunch.”  - (School Nutrition Association website)

2015-2016 Bonus Pay - Q&A

The Division of School Business within NCDPI has prepared a $750 Bonus Questions and Answers document that may be helpful in answering many questions related to the recently passed legislation providing a special $750 bonus to eligible state employees in December 2015.  A copy of the document is available for review online at http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/fbs/

Continuing Education Opportunities

Afterschool Meals Matter - Serving Meals on Weekends and During School Holidays

Thursday, October 15

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Sponsor:  Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

Engaging local, state, and national elected officials is a great way to promote and strengthen your summer meals sites. Learn how elected officials can help to get the word out to their constituents, visit summer meal sites and work with partners to increase children’s access to summer nutrition. Register at the link below:

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5118/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=78243
Preventing Cross-contamination

Thursday, October 22, 2015

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
This webinar is the seventh in a planned series of monthly ongoing food safety continuing education for North Carolina school nutrition staff to support the School Nutrition professional development requirements.

Objective
The webinar will explain the science behind cross-contamination in the kitchen and how pathogens move. We will discuss how cross-contamination increases the risk of foodborne illness, and what you can do to prevent it. The difference between cross-contamination and allergen cross-contact will be distinguished. Case studies on actual outbreaks will be used to discuss the causes and effects of cross-contamination.

Who Should Attend?
Information in this continuing education session is directed towards all school nutrition employees so please share with all schools in your School Food Authority. All participants must register for the event and login to the session to receive a certificate for 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Registration
To register, please send an email to NCSUfoodsafety@gmail.com that includes your first and last name and email address along with Preventing Cross Contamination in the subject line. The email address is where the continuing education certificate will be sent after successful completion of the webinar. Registered participants will receive details on joining the session about 3 days prior to the event.

*REMINDER* Workshop - SummerPalooza Summit!...Expanding Summer Nutrition for Kids

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Services Section will offer a collaborative workshop to provide a jumpstart for summer nutrition 2016. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the summer nutrition programs in North Carolina, identify ways to reduce barriers, and pinpoint areas where summer meals are needed to reduce food insecurity. Round table discussions with community stakeholders will provide an opportunity for collaborative work to achieve continuous summer nutrition program expansion through effective partnerships. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Define the goals and objectives of the summer nutrition programs. 
  2. Discuss North Carolina’s food insecurity and its negative effects. 
  3. Identify the summer nutrition program’s unserved and underserved area.
  4. Strategize to eliminate and or reduce barriers using best practices employed by other organizations that operate summer nutrition programs.
  5. Work collaboratively with community stakeholders to address participation deserts, set goals and actions to improve access in their community.
  6. Implement steps to improve summer nutrition program access.
  7. Continue collaborative work to achieve continuous summer nutrition expansion.

The workshop is planned from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for the dates and locations below:

November 3, 2015 ...................... New Bern Convention Center
November 5, 2015 ...................... City Hotel & Bistro, Greenville, NC 
November 12, 2015 .................... Deep River Event Center, Greensboro, NC 
November 13, 2015 .................... Four Points Sheraton, Asheville, NC

Target audiences include School Food Authorities, Colleges or Universities, and Public and Private Non Profit organizations that desire to learn more about improving access to the Summer Nutrition Programs. Professional Development certificates will be awarded to participants who are present for the entire workshop.

Lunch will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for all additional expenses including mileage, lodging if needed, and food and beverages for breaks and additional meals.

Register at: https://onece.ncsu.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=4973546

Important School Nutrition Dates

Remember:  Any time a due date/deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, the deadline automatically moves to the next business day.

  • October

October 12-16 National School Lunch Week
Oct 15 (Thurs) FFVP - Deadline to submit claim for reimbursement (for Sept 2015)
Oct 28 NC Procurement Alliance Member Meeting
Oct 28-30 Annual Conference for School Nutrition Administrators
  • November

Nov 1 Self-Assessment Due for RCCI/Charter/NonPublic (File in SFA)
Nov 3 SummerPalooza Summit!...Expanding Summer Nutrition for NC Kids (New Bern)
Nov 5 SummerPalooza Summit!...Expanding Summer Nutrition for NC Kids (Greenville)
Nov 10 (Tues) NSLP/SBP/ASSP/SFSP/SSO - Deadline to submit claim for reimbursement (for Oct 2015)
Nov 11 Veteran's Day observed - State Offices Closed
Nov 12 SummerPalooza Summit!...Expanding Summer Nutrition for NC Kids (Greensboro)
Nov 13 SummerPalooza Summit!...Expanding Summer Nutrition for NC Kids (Asheville)
Nov 15 (Sun) FFVP - Deadline to submit claim for reimbursement (for Oct 2015)
Nov 16 Verification Process Ends
Nov 17 Verification Reporting Process begins for SFAs
Nov 26-27 Thanksgiving Holidays - State Offices Closed

In the Previous Issue...

SN Weekly Update Topics...September 29, 2015

    • Awards and Recognition Opportunities at the 2015 Annual Conference
    • Annual Conference Zone Networking Survey
    • Workshop - SummerPalooza Summit!...Expanding Summer Nutrition for NC Kids
    • 10 New Fruit and Vegetable Fact Sheets
    • New Energizers / New Video / New website

 

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