(C) School Nutrition Programs

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The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
 
School Nutrition Programs Include:

School Nutrition Programs
Important Dates to Remember for School Year 2018-2019

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 listed on Direct Certification on STARS 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 (including last 4 of SSN), signed application must be dated when it is received. The determining official must date, sign, and document eligibility on the application as well for eligibility to be valid.
 
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.)
 
Annually - - - The Racial/Ethnic Data Form must be completed sometime during the school year and retained in the school’s file.
 
Civil Rights training must be done annually for everyone working with the School Foodservice program including substitutes, front office personnel and cafeteria cleaners. Document the person trained, day of training and training material.
 
Hours of Professional Development for school foodservice staff must also be documented: 12 hours for foodservice directors, 10 hours for foodservice manager, 6 hours for all other full time staff and 4 hours for part time (<20 hr/wk).  Civil Rights training can be used as professional development.
 
September 2018 ---ND Farm to School Month

September 20, 2018---Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day

October 1, 2018 - - - This is the date that determines the number of applications to be verified. Record the number of approved applications on the district Verification Collection Report listed below, due on December 15.
 
October 15-13, 2018 - - - National School Lunch Week    This year’s theme: School Lunch – Lots 2 Love    Check the School Nutrition Association website for more details: www.schoolnutrition.org
 
November 15, 2018 - - - Verification of 3% of Free and Reduced-Price Applications must be completed.
December 17, 2018 - - - Verification Summary Report due. Complete the fillable form on NDFoods
 
February 1, 2019 - - - 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 4-8th, 2019 - - - School Breakfast Week    
This year’s theme: School BreakFAST – Start Your Engines   Check the School Nutrition Association website for more details: www.schoolnutrition.org
 
May 3, 2019 - - - School Lunch Hero Day  
May 6-10th, 2019 - - - School Nutrition Employee Week   The NDDPI encourages you to recognize staff members involved with providing nutrition to your the students.

 


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
 
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
 
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
 
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.