(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 2017-2018

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 Direct Cert list on STARS on file 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 signed application must be dated when it is received. The determining official must date, sign, and document eligibility on the back side of the application.
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.)
Reminder - - - The Racial/Ethnic Data Form must be completed sometime during the school year and retained in the school’s file.
September 2017 ---ND Farm to School Month

September 28, 2017---Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day

October 1, 2017 - - - 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 9-13, 2017 - - - National School Lunch Week    This year’s theme: School Lunch Snapshot    Check the School Nutrition Association website for more details: www.schoolnutrition.org
November 15, 2017 - - - Verification of 3% of Free and Reduced-Price Applications must be completed.
December 15, 2017 - - - Verification Summary Report due. Complete the fillable form on NDFoods

February  1, 2018 - - - 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 5-9, 2018 - - - School Breakfast Week     This year’s theme: Wake Up! To School Breakfast
Check the School Nutrition Association website for more details: www.schoolnutrition.org
April 30-May 4, 2018 - - - School Nutrition Employee Week