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School Nutrition Weekly Update - October 20, 2015 - Issue No. 2015.10-2

In This Issue:                                                                

  • Equipment Assistance Grant

  • Verification Timeline Reminders

  • Production Record Survey is Open

  • USDA Infographic and Letter

  • Group Purchasing Organizations Q&A

  • Important School Nutrition Dates

  • In the Previous Issue of SN Weekly...

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SNWU 10-22-2015 Print Version

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Equipment Assistance Grants

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Act (AAA) provides a one-time appropriation of $800,382 to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for grants to eligible School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). As stipulated in the AAA, these funds must be used to purchase new equipment to serve healthier school meals that meet the updated meal pattern, to increase student participation, to improve food safety practices and other purposes that are consistent with the program’s overall goals of providing nutritious, appealing affordable meals to students.  These funds are time-limited and must be fully expended by September 1, 2016.  **IMPORTANT NOTE**  The application deadline is Friday, December 4, 2015. 

Should you have questions or need assistance please contact: 

Verification Timeline Reminders

The verification process is well under way for the 2015-2016 School Year.  As a reminder please adhere to the following dates:

November 16 (Mon)  Verification process ends at the close of business.
November 17 (Tues) The State Agency will send out a survey and the online Verification Summary Report will be opened in the School Nutrition Technology System.
December, 18, 2015 (Fri) The online Verification Summary Report in the Schools Nutrition Technology System will be closed to the School Food Authorities  at the close of business.
February 19, 2016 (Fri) The State Agency will send out a survey to report the number of Non-Response applicants that responded to verification after the November 16 deadline.

Production Record Survey is Open

School Nutrition Directors have received email notification of a survey regarding the current commercial kitchen production record template.  The NC production record template is currently being reviewed for potential modifications.  Consideration is being given to modifications of the production record template that will still allow our production record to meet regulatory requirements as well as the request of some SFAs to “simplify” the production record. 

The following link will open a production record redesign survey.  Information you provide in the survey may be used to make modifications to the NC production record template.  Please complete the survey whether you currently use the NC production record template or an approved variation of the production record.

Please forward this link to any other School Nutrition staff members in your SFA, including School Nutrition Managers, who would like to provide helpful feedback about potential modifications to the production record.

The production record redesign survey will be open until close of business on Monday, October 26, 2015.   Click on the link below to access the survey and follow the directions to complete it.   Thank you for taking time to participate in the survey. 

Survey link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ProductionRecordFeedback

USDA Infographic and Letter

USDA has developed a new infographic and letter from USDA Deputy Under Secretary Katie Wilson to all School Food Authorities (SFA).  This letter recognizes the hard work and effort of school nutrition professionals in serving healthy meals to over 30 million students nationwide.

The new infographic provides some tips on achieving sodium reduction while boosting the flavor of foods served in schools. We encourage SFAs to check out this infographic for ideas and resources.  The letter and infographic are available on the PartnerWeb, located in both the Resources folder and in What's New.


Group Purchasing Organizations Q&A

CLICK HERE to view/download the Q&A

Policy Memo SP 35-2012

 

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

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
  • December

Dec 10 (Thurs) NSLP/SBP/ASSP/SFSP/SSO - Deadline to submit claim for reimbursement (for Nov 2015)
Dec 15 (Tues) FFVP - Deadline to submit claim for reimbursement (for Nov 2015)
Dec 15 Twice Yearly Analysis Reports Due (Submit to Nutrition Specialists)
Dec 18 Deadline to complete online Verification Report (SN Tech System Verification Report Closes)
Dec 24-25 Christmas Holidays – State Offices Closed


In the Previous Issue...

SN Weekly Update Topics...October 12, 2015

    • 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

 

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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