September 2023- Farm-to-School Updates and Pre-K Meal Pattern Requirements
- Serving School Meals to Preschoolers | Food and Nutrition Service (usda.gov)
- Choose Breakfast Cereals That Are Lower in Sugar | Food and Nutrition Service (usda.gov)
- Choose Yogurts That Are Lower in Sugar | Food and Nutrition Service (usda.gov)
- Grain-Based Desserts in the CACFP | Food and Nutrition Service (usda.gov)
August 2023- Annual Cashiers Training
Emily Karel, North Dakota’s Team Nutrition Grant coordinator
- Assist cashiers in understanding a reimbursable meal under the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program.
- Skill-building activities for meal monitors to recognize reimbursable meals.
- Paid Lunch Equity (PLE), Adult meal pricing, Ala Carte pricing & the Nonprogram Food Revenue Tool
- HB1494: “Lunch Shaming” Bill – more guidance to come
- HB1491/SB2294: Free Lunch for Working Poor Bill – Communicate with your point of sale company or build the new eligibility class into your Excel spreadsheets
- Free/Reduced meal application has been reformatted to accommodate new eligibility class/Income Guidelines contain another table of numbers
- End of the Year reminders: SNP renewal; Summer P-EBT; Triennial assessment of the Local Wellness Policy; Professional development hours
- For the following resources please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Documents included in the resource packet
- Free / Reduced-Price meal applications, household letters, and notification letter templates can be found under the SNP/Free-Reduced Information tab.
- USDA Paid Lunch Equity tool – SY23-24 to help set student lunch pricing
- NDDPI Adult Meal price spreadsheet to set adult meal prices within requirements
- USDA Nonprogram Food Revenue tool – required to be completed each year if the school is selling more than just second milk and adult meals
- USDA Sample Detailed NP tracking tool
- NDDPI quick 5-day calculator
- Triennial assessment
- Professional Development log
- For the following resources please email email@example.com
April 2023: “The Power of Power Lunch”
with Lenora Stevenson, Student Information Specialist with Edu-Tech. Power Lunch is a module of the state student information software Power School. Lenora walks through the reports available in Power Lunch and how to download the meal data to work with it in an Excel spreadsheet.
- For more information about the module, contact Edu-Tech at https://www.edutech.nd.gov/ Use the “Support” drop-down menu to file a ‘Help ticket.’
- The Institute of Child Nutrition has an interactive spreadsheet called “Key Performance Indicators for School Nutrition Success” to use the data that is gained from Power Lunch. Search for this spreadsheet on www.theicn.org.
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.
Resources for this session are:
Links to resources mentioned during the presentation:
- The Road Ahead: Building Back Better With School Meals | Food and Nutrition Service (usda.gov)
- Proposed Updates to the School Nutrition Standards | Food and Nutrition Service (usda.gov)
- School Meal Standards Comparison Chart | Food and Nutrition Service (usda.gov)
Link to submit a Public Comment:
- Federal Register:: Child Nutrition Programs: Revisions to Meal Patterns Consistent With the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Look for Section 16, if you would like the “sparknote” version of the updates, or check out the Attachment of the ‘Highlights’
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.
- Procurement Guidance 2023: Step-by-step outline for each type of procurement
- Market Basket Template: Blank Excel spreadsheet to list the school’s market basket items to solicit bids.
- RFP Prime Vendor Template: Request for proposal for Prime Vendor. Use the Market Basket worksheet.
- RFP Bread Template: Request for proposal – fresh bread.
- RFP Milk Template: Request for proposal – milk.
- Distributor Contacts: Contact information for the 3 Mainline food distributors in North Dakota
- Informal Procurement Form: For Small purchases of less than $50,000, use this form to document quotes
- Sample – Procurement Policy: All schools operating the National School lunch program must have a written procurement policy. This is a sample.
- Sample – Code of Conduct: All schools operating the National School lunch program must have a written code of conduct. This is a sample.
December 2022– USDA Foods
November 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 2022 - Annual Cashier Training
Includes training in Civil Rights compliance, Reimbursable meal identification and what is Offer vs Serve meal service
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.
- 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 www.northdakotasna.com/conference We also review the foodshow fare – new products for next year’s menus and new ways to prepare old favorites. Enjoy!
May 2022– Top Ways to Prepare for Next Year
- Time 17:51 Table has an Error. Lunch-Pricing School Total is "At least $0.82 on top of highest student paid price"
March 2022 – SCA, Procurement, USDA Updates & More
February 2022 – Planning for next year
November 2021: A Focus on Food Allergies
October 2021: Administrative Reviews
April 22, 2022: USDA WAIVERS: Webinar
April 20, 2021: Every Kid Healthy Celebrations
January 2021: CN Labels and Product Formulation Statements
December 2020: Recipes and Recipe Analysis Workbook
November 2020: Production Records
Resources for Kitchen Counter Conversations are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
We have completed our
2023-2024 Back to School Workshops.
Thank you to everyone who participated!
We look forward to seeing you at our
2024-2025 Back to School Workshops.
Please check back later for more information.
There is no additional training scheduled at this time.
Please check back later for further updates.