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January 2012

2% Milk Is No Longer Allowed

Puffed Corn Products Are Not Creditable Foods

SY 2012-2013 FFVP Application

National Nutrition Month®

Free On-Line Sanitation and Safety Training

USDA Recipes for Schools

Congratulations to our HUSSC Award Winners!

Free Training from the National Food Service Management Institute

National School Breakfast Week March 5-9, 2012

Calendar of Events

2% Milk Is No Longer Allowed

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required schools serve only 1% and skim milk. The rationale on this is while 2% sounds low, it is actually 35% calories from fat. This is because milk is mainly water which does not have any calories.  The solid portion is made of protein and fat. The protein remains the same in every type of milk. It is the percent of fat that can change a non-fat product (skim milk) to a high fat product (2% milk). Be sure you are only serving 1% or skim milk. Schools that serve 2% milk may be required to return monies.

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Puffed Corn Products Are Not Creditable Foods

Puffed corn products, such as Cheetos and Funyuns, do not qualify as a creditable grains/bread meal or snack item regardless of potentially creditable ingredients within that product, such as whole grains or enrichment. This clarification refers to puffed corn products as being disallowed for reimbursement. Good alternatives to these kinds of foods include pretzels, whole grain or enriched crackers, or whole grain corn chips.

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SY 2012-2013 FFVP Application

The North Dakota Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Application for the 2012-2013 School Year will be available on March 26. Funding is available only for “elementary” students – those enrolled in grades K-8. The application will be mailed to the principal of each elementary school with an October 2011 free and reduced percentage of 50 percent or higher. The application will also be posted on our FFVP web page for all elementary schools to download.

The application process is competitive and based on percentage of free and reduced priced eligible students (with priority only given to those 50 percent and above), school demographic information, creativity of proposal, planned partnerships with additional agencies, and ability to maintain the program at the school and use funding by the end of the 2012-2013 school year. How well the current year’s money was spent will also be a factor.

There are a few changes to the process this year. Carefully read the following instructions.

  1. Schools meeting the following criteria simply need to complete and mail in pages 3, 6 & 7.
    1. Are currently participating in the program with a 50 percent or higher
      free/reduced ratio
    2. Have retained a 50 percent or higher free/reduced rating in the elementary grades (K-8) for which grant is being applied (as reported in October 2011)
  2. (Send the other pages only if there are significant changes to what was submitted for SY 2011-2012.)
     Schools not meeting the above criteria must complete the entire application.
  3. All applications must be mailed in this year with original signatures on the final page.
  4.  Applications are due in our office with postmark no later than
    Friday, April 13, 2012

If you have questions or need assistance filling out the application, call Kaye in our office (888-338-3663).

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National Nutrition Month®

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The 2012 National Nutrition Month theme is "Get Your Plate in Shape." This would be a good time to check that everything you serve fits into one of the categories on the plate: protein, fruit, vegetable, grain or milk. Foods that do not fit into the plate are extra calories most people do not need. Make sure half your plate is fruits and veggies.

Materials will be available in early 2012 on the eatright website at


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Free On-Line Sanitation and Safety Training

The National Food Service Management Institute is offering 12 hour on-line Serving It Safe Course, which will be  accepted to meet the requirement of the 10 hour Sanitation and Safety provided by CNFD.

Online training provides self-paced course that may be completed over multiple sessions. Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion is provided and will need to be sent to the CNFD office to be recorded. To take this on-line course, you will need to register at the following link;

The CNFD Unit will still offer the 10 hour Sanitation and Safety course as many participants may benefit from the in person class time and discussions with other food services workers. If you have any questions, you may contact Kaye Knudson at 701-328-2275 or e-mail

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USDA Recipes for Schools

The USDA recipes for schools can be found on the National Food Service Management (NFSMI) website:

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Congratulations to our
HUSSC Award Winners!

We now have 25 Healthier US School Challenge award winning schools in North Dakota:


Adams/Edmore High School

Adams/Edmore Elementary

Valley City Public Schools:


Jefferson and Washington

Elgin  (currently recertifying)





Richland County Elementary

Richland County Junior/Senior High School



Circle of Nations in Wahpeton


Gold Award of Distinction

Grand Forks Public Schools: 


Ben Franklin, Carl Ben Eielson, Century, Kelly, Lake Agassiz, Lewis and Clark, Phoenix, Viking, West, Wilder, and Winship.


ND Youth Correctional Center

Golva/Lone Tree


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Free Training from the National Food Service Management Institute

Hosted by ND Department of Public Instruction
Child Nutrition Food Distribution

Doublewood Inn
1400 E Interchange Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501-2077 – 701 258-7000

A block of rooms are being held till January 27th
Bismarck, ND
February 7-9, 2012
 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

8 Hours Continuing Education Credit Units

February 7, 2012 – HealthierUS School Challenge 
The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. This eight-hour course reviews materials that provide a comprehensive discussion of the HealthierUS School Challenge and strategies for meeting the criteria. Lessons include information about Dietary Guidelines, and promotion of whole grains, vegetables and fruits in school meals. Finally, the presentation will delve into meeting the menu and competitive foods criteria. Participants will come away with a solid understanding of how to put plans into action.

Master Pathways

Nutrition personnel who have completed the eleven courses in the Pathways to a Quality School Foodservice training series or a district manager are eligible to attend.

10 Hours Continuing Education Credit Units

February 8-9, 2012 – Foundations for Training Excellence 
        Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm  Thursday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Foundations for Training Excellence seminar is part of an ongoing effort to develop and support a national network of trainers by NFSMI.

This seminar is intended to assist participants in assessing the current level of skill they already possess and to encourage further professional development. It will also give the participants tools and resources they can take back to their workplaces to use immediately.

The objectives of the seminar are to identify personal strengths and gaps in training skills, apply the principles of adult learners and types of intelligences to effective training in school nutrition programs, and utilize a variety of NFSMI tools, tips, and resources to improve the effectiveness of training techniques.

To register for one or both sessions, please fill out the Pathways registration

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National School Breakfast Week March 5-9, 2012

Gold star. Gold records. A heart of Gold. As good as gold. There are golden anniversaries and golden years. We pursue golden opportunities and follow the golden rule. And then there are the athletes who aspire to achieve gold medal performances at the Olympic Games. It seems nothing quite exemplifies greatness and excellence like the bright, shiny hue of gold. That’s why SNA has chosen “School Breakfast-Go for Gold” as this year’s National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) theme. This is your glittering opportunity to inspire kids to be the best they can be both physically and mentally, and nothing can help them shine and excel the way breakfast can.

The goals of NSBW are to share several important messages with students, parents and the media:

  • The school breakfast program is available at your school; meals meet federal dietary guidelines; and, best of all, it is a tasty and fun way to start the school day!
  • There is an established link between eating breakfast and academic success.
  • Eating a nutritious breakfast can help kids maintain a healthy weight. In today’s climate of heightened awareness around childhood obesity, this is a great benefit to offer at school.

Resources are available on the School Nutrition Association web site at:

One of the activities under Presentation for Foodservice staff ppt is a Breakfast T-shirt design contest:

  • Students create their own school breakfast t-shirt design highlighting the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.
  • Limited to a 3 word slogan on the design.
  • 1 national winner will have their design recreated as a t-shirt which will be sold in the School Nutrition Association Emporium.
  • 2 Runners-up will receive a prize pack.

There are 2 levels of judging, local and national.

 Local judging (school level)

  • Consider judging local contest by grade level and perhaps giving small prizes.
  • A maximum of 3 winners per school can be sent to SNA headquarters for national judging.
  • SNA will not accept submission directly from students. School nutrition staff or a school official must send in the 3 winning entries.

For full contest rules and more info, visit

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Calendar of Events




HealthierUS School Challenge Training –Bismarck



Master Pathways-Foundations for Training Excellence-Bismarck



Commodity Route A



Commodity Route B

March 2


Commodity Route C



National Nutrition Month



National School Breakfast Week



Commodity Route A



Commodity Route B



Pathways Sanitation Update-Minot       



Pathways Sanitation and Safety-Minot



Commodity Route C



Pathways Sanitation and Safety-Williston





Commodity Route A



Commodity Route B



Pathways Sanitation and Safety-Fargo



Commodity Route C



Pathways Sanitation Update-West Fargo


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