August 24, 2012
To: Authorized Representatives and Recordkeepers School Nutrition Program
From: Deb Egeland, Assistant Director Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs
Re: 6 Cents Certification for New Meal Pattern
The 6 cents certification allows an additional reimbursement of 6 cents per reimbursable lunch if school food authorities are certified to be in compliance with the new meal pattern. Required documents to be submitted to NDDPI for the 6 cents performance-based reimbursement include:
Schools can enter menus into the USDA worksheets at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/policy.htm If you would like a complete 6 cent packet, please contact our office.
SFA’s may submit documents for the 6 cents certification to NDDPI anytime, however, certified SFA’s will earn the additional 6 cents only for those meals served starting October 1, 2012 or later.
Please call or write if you have any questions.
The Fall Pathways Course Listing is now on the Child Nutrition & Food Distribution web site http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/child/ under both the New & Hot and Training tabs. The registration form is included with the course listing. No mailings will be made of this listing. With all of the changes made over the summer – new meal pattern, NDFoods, six cents – we have decided to offer only two courses: Sanitation and Safety and Sanitation Update. Authorized reps and lead food service workers (LFSW) should make sure the information on the course listing is made available to all food service workers.
According to ND Code, the LFSW is required to attend a 10-hour Sanitation and Safety class within six months of being hired for that position. The LFSW must then complete a three-hour Sanitation Update training every five years thereafter. Each individual completing the Pathways trainings for Sanitation and Safety or Sanitation Update will receive a certificate of training. We recommend that a copy of this certificate be placed in the individual’s personnel file.
The Child Nutrition office keeps records of the trainings in a Pathways database. Names of the LFSW are taken from NDFoods. The person listed as the LFSW in NDFoods should be the “head cook” for the site. Since an email address is not a required field in NDFoods, whether or not a person has an email address does not qualify for why the person listed isn’t the head cook. Name changes of food service personnel due to marriage, divorce or other legal proceedings should be reported to our office so we can update the Pathways database.
There are a few other courses that can be taken instead of the Pathways version. Approved sanitation trainings can be found on the Child Nutrition & Food Distribution web site under the Training tab and clicking on the Sanitation Training Requirements link. If sanitation training other than Pathways is taken, a copy of the certificate verifying training was completed must be sent to the Child Nutrition office (either by mail or fax to 328-9566) so credit for the training can be input into the Pathways database.
LEAs 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.
USDA recently changed the Offer vs. Serve policy. Schools are still required to offer all five components, the student must take at least three components, one of the three selected components must be a fruit or vegetable or a mixture of fruits and vegetables. Students must select at least half a cup of fruit and/or vegetable to make a reimbursable meal. We have developed a sign that can be posted in your lunchroom to explain the rule. The sign is on our website under New and Hot at the link below.
The Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day has been moved to October 2 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/