Kitchen Counter Conversations

March 2023: Summer Food Service Program Updates

February 2023: USDA Proposed Rule & Submitting a Public Comment

Assistant Director Lynelle Johnson covered most of the proposed revisions to child nutrition programs during the first 19 minutes of the webinar.  At minute 19:20, Amy Nelson, Child Nutrition Specialist encourages you to make comments on the proposed changes.  She shows you where to find the comment submission form and adds helpful hints on how to comment. The Question and Answer session was not recorded.

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Link to submit a Public Comment:


January 2023: Procuring School Food & Supplies for SY 24

This presentation goes through the basic types of procurement for your school food service.  We also talk with Lisa Truax on the ND Coop’s Direct to Manufacturer food bid, timeline, and what is next for schools who have opted into this procurement type.  For those who have not opted into the ND school food coop, we have templates for you to start your procurement plan with.  Remember all schools must have a procurement policy and code of conduct written for their staff – samples are provided. 

December 2022– USDA Foods

November 15, 2022 – 7 CFR 210.8(a)(1): On-site Review.

An annual review of the lunch and breakfast programs must be completed each year by February 1 at districts that have more than one school site. USDA strongly encourages all schools to review the checklist for “program accountability and integrity.”

September 20, 2022 - Annual Cashier Training

Includes training in Civil Rights compliance, Reimbursable meal identification and what is Offer vs Serve meal service

August 16, 2022– Back in the Saddle Again with Free/Reduced Meal Applications

The federal school meal programs are returning to income eligibilities and meal pricing structures this year, so we want to remind you how families should fill the applications out and then how a school district will process them.

June 21, 2022 – Hot Topics, Cool Ideas, and Nice pics from our Recap of NDSNA 2022.

  • Customer service was a key focus of this year’s state School Nutrition Association conference.  Find copies of all the resources from the convention at  We also review the foodshow fare – new products for next year’s menus and new ways to prepare old favorites. Enjoy!

May 17, 2022– Top Ways to Prepare for Next Year

April 19, 2022– Meal Pricing - Student, Adult, and A la Carte with Tips and Tricks for keeping production costs inline

  •  Time 17:51 Table has an Error.  Lunch-Pricing School Total is "At least $0.82 on top of highest student paid price"

March 15, 2022 – SCA, Procurement, USDA Updates & More

February 15, 2022 – Planning for next year

January 18, 2022:  Nonprogram Foods – do you know what they are and how to track them? 

November 16, 2021:  A Focus on Food Allergies 

October 19, 2021:  Administrative Reviews

May 18, 2021: Getting Ready for Next Year – USDA Waivers and menu tips

APRIL 22, 2022: USDA WAIVERS:  Webinar

April 20, 2021: Every Kid Healthy Celebrations

March 16, 2021: Let’s talk about Grains on your menu–bring some popped popcorn with you!

February 16, 2021: A Few of My Favorite Things – Kitchen tools to make your job easier

January 19, 2021: CN Labels and Product Formulation Statements

December 15, 2020: Recipes and Recipe Analysis Workbook

November 17, 2020: Production Records


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