Section 112 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requires schools participating in the School Breakfast Program to inform families of the availability of school breakfast.
Research has shown that starting the day with a nutritious breakfast helps students stay alert and perform better in school. In an effort to help more children benefit from the breakfast program, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 20110 requires sponsors to perform outreach promoting school breakfast.
Schools participating in the breakfast program must inform families of the availability of breakfasts. A notification must be relayed just prior to or at the beginning of the school year in the informational packets that are sent to each household with free and reduced price meal applications for the new school year. In addition, schools should send reminders regarding the availability of breakfast multiple times throughout the school year. Schools can provide reminders to children through the public address systems in the schools. Other acceptable outreach activities may include disseminating printed or electronic materials to families and children or posting information on the school’s website.
We have developed a “Dear Parent” letter and several other resources to promote breakfast on our website under New & Hot Reauthorization and Programs/School Breakfast/Reauthorization. The link is provided below. Feel free to revise the letter and send it to your families.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 provides categorical eligibility for free meals to foster children. This memo provides guidance on the implementation of this provision in the Child Nutrition Programs. These provisions are effective October 1, 2010.
It is important to note that these provisions only apply to foster children formally placed by a state child welfare agency or a court. They do not apply to informal arrangements that may exist outside of state or court based systems.
Changes to Application Process
The change to allow categorical eligibility for free meals for foster children requires changes in the way free and reduced price applications are handled. Previously, a separate application for free and reduced price meals was submitted for a foster child who was considered a household of one.
Now, the foster child is categorically eligible and may be certified without an application.
The foster parent can also fill out an application and check the foster child box next to the child’s name.
Households with foster and non-foster children may choose to include the foster child as a household member, as well as any personal income earned by the foster child, on the same household application that includes their non-foster children. This will streamline the application process and may help the foster family’s non-foster children qualify for free or reduced price meals based on household size and income.
In processing the application, the sponsor would certify the foster child for free meals, and then make an eligibility determination for the remainder of the household based on the household’s income (including personal income earned by the foster child) or other categorical eligibility information reported on the application. As before, foster payments received by the family from the placing agency are not considered income and should not be reported. The presence of a foster child in the household does not convey eligibility for free meals to all children in the household in the same manner as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation (FDPIR) participation does.
If you have any questions please contact our office.
This fall, we will be fully implementing our new Direct Certification System through STARS. LEAs will need to access the STARS system to find their Direct Certification list. No other Direct Certification/SNAP/Food Stamp lists will be provided. The STARS system provides a very easy-to-read list of all directly certified students.
This system provides up to date direct certification information based on each LEA’s enrollment that is entered into STARS. The system is more interactive, to ensure eligible students receive meal benefits as soon as possible. Please enroll all of your students in STARS before checking the direct certification site. Student matches cannot occur unless they are enrolled in a school on STARS.
Direct Certification users will receive e-mail notifications of the names of children eligible for free school meals who may be enrolled in their district. The user must access the Direct Certification system in STARS to indicate whether or not that child is actually enrolled in the district.
If you used the system last year, you will note that the system looks a little different this year. Direct Certification is now listed under the Reports menu section on the main page. The user chooses Direct Certification and then the LEA name. Finally, choose the appropriate school year in the Direct Certification dialogue box. Once in the Direct Certification system, the user will be able to view the Broadcast Notification and the Matched Notifications.
A step by step instruction manual is available on the Child Nutrition website under New and Hot. In addition, Child Nutrition staff will provide training and technical assistance visits throughout the state during SY 11-12. Dates and locations will be provided in late August. Contact Carla firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the Direct Certification system.
Steps to Complete for a new hired:
A letter will be sent to both the Authorized Representative and the LFSW when training is required.
Has a Cook’s Name Changed? (marriage, divorce, etc.), update the FNP system and send an email to Nancy Darling (firstname.lastname@example.org). List the former name and the new name so she knows the information is only a name change and not a new person. Contact Nancy at 1-888-338-3663 or at 701-328-3210.
USDA requires a carry-over of eligibility up to 30 operating days into the subsequent school year. This applies to direct certifications, categorical determinations and income applications. As in the past, a new eligibility determination in the current year supersedes the carry-over eligibility. However, schools can not require new applications until the carry-over date deadline. For most schools, this day will occur sometime after October 1.
The Child Nutrition and reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-265) required schools participating in the NSLP to develop and implement a Local Wellness Policy, (LWP). Requirements include: setting goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school-based activities, setting nutrition guidelines for all foods available on school campus, meeting nutrition standards for school meals, and a plan for measuring implementation of the local wellness policy. The policy must be developed by a team consisting of at least one person from each of these stakeholder groups: parents, students, school foodservice personnel, school board members, school administrators and the public.
New requirements from for LWP development, promotion and implementation from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act include the following:
There are a number of ways in which local agencies can implement the requirement for informing the public about the content and implementation of the LWP. Acceptable methods may include sending out printed or electronic materials to families at the beginning of the year and posting the LWP and an assessment of its implementation on the district or school website. The information must be made available to the public in an accessible, easily understood manner. For school year 2011/2012, schools should be working toward developing a reasonable method to implement this requirement, with the goal of making the information public by the end of the school year.
LWP resources are available at USDA’s Team Nutrition web site:
The Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day has been moved to October 4 to take advantage of local foods harvested this fall. Schools across the state are encouraged to serve North Dakota products such as fresh produce, beef, pork, corn, potatoes, wheat, sunflower seeds, honey, milk, cheese and beans during this special week. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture will be sending information out about how to participate in the program. You can visit the ND Agriculture Department website at: http://www.prideofdakota.com/
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296, amends statutory requirements for collection of social security numbers in all Child Nutrition Programs. Section 301amends the act by removing the requirement that the adult household member who signs a household application for free and reduced-price meals also must provide his or her complete SSN, as a condition of eligibility. The act now requires that only the last four digits of the SSN must be provided on the application. It also removes the requirement that the SSN of each household member be collected to verify applications. The new requirements increase privacy protections.
The Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals has been changed to reflect this new law.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the Act), Public Law 111-296, establishes a requirement for making water available to children in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This memo provides guidance on the implementation of this provision.
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