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May 2014

Back-to-School Workshops 2014

Changes to School Breakfast and Lunch for School Year 2014/2015 

 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Balances

   Milnor Public School Celebrates Healthier US School Challenge Gold Award

ND School Nutrition Association Annual Conference

Smart Snacks Product Calculator

Spring into On-Line classes—Sanitation Update, 10 hour Sanitation, and more

USDA Proposed Food Service Director Hiring Standards

USDA Proposed Required Minimum Training/Education Standards, for All Sizes of School Food Authority

Back-to-School Workshops 2014

We will be offering Back-to-School workshops in four locations:

  • Minot on August 5, 2014
  • Fargo on August 6, 2014
  • Grand Forks on August 7, 2014
  • Bismarck on August 12, 2014

The workshops will run from 9am-4pm and include lunch. Topics covered will be:

  • What to expect during a review
  • How to set up an easy salad bar
  • Lowering sodium in school meals
  • USDA’s new professional standards
  • Smarter Lunchroom techniques
  • How to complete production records
  • New competitive food standards
  • Special diets

We are charging a registration fee this year to cover the cost of the lunch and beverages.

We are using Eventbrite for registration.

If you need help with the online registration please contact Tara tkoster@nd.gov or 701-328-3210.

REGISTRATION ENDS JULY 25TH 2014

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Changes to School Breakfast and Lunch for School Year 2014/2015        

Beginning July 1, 2014 there are some mandatory changes happening with both the School Breakfast and Lunch Program. 
List of the changes:

  • ALL grains for breakfast and lunch must be whole grain rich (WGR).  To determine if foods are whole grain rich you can check the ingredients list found on the Nutrition Facts label.  If the first ingredient contains the word “whole” or the first ingredient is water and the second contains the word “whole,” it is whole grain rich.  Items containing 8 grams of whole grain are WGR.

    Alternatively, if you see this sign, you know it is whole grain rich.  

  • The fruit serving size to be offered at breakfast increases to 1 cup for all ages.  Only half of the fruit offerings can be in the form of  juice.

  • For a breakfast to count as a reimbursable meal, each student MUST take ½ cup of a fruit or vegetable.

  • Sodium restrictions have now come into effect:
Breakfast          Lunch

Grades K-5 < or = 540 mg

 

Grades K-5 < or = 1,230 mg

Grades 6-8 < or = 600 mg

 

Grades 6-8 < or = 1,360 mg

Grades 9-12 < or = 640 mg

 

Grades 9-12 < or = 1,420 mg

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Balances

The NDFoods system does not keep a “remaining” balance for you. This calculation is not built into the system. You can go into claim history and you can see what has been paid out in claims. Keep a running total of what you are spending and subtract it from your grant balance. If you have questions call Kaye Knudson at 701-328-2275.

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Milnor Public School Celebrates Healthier US School Challenge Gold Award

From left to right:
Milnor Superintendent - Diann Aberle, State Superintendent- Kirsten Baesler; Head Cook- Karla Dusek, Para Educator/Active Recess- Lori Yagow, Elementary Principal- Betsy Buckhouse, Para Educator/Active Recess and Morning Activities- Janet Roeder.

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ND School Nutrition Association Annual Conference

When: June 4-6, 2014
Where:  Ramkota Bismarck

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Smart Snacks Product Calculator

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has launched a Smart Snacks Product Calculator. This tool takes the guesswork out of evaluating products based on the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your beverage, snack, side or entrée item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. Results from this calculator have been determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be accurate in assessing product compliance with the federal requirements for Smart Snacks in School.

In addition to the calculator, the Alliance Product Navigator now features snack, side, entrée and beverage products that meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines from leading manufacturers. Visit Healthier Generation to browse products that meet the new guidelines. Just look for the Smart Snacks categories.

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Spring into On-Line classes—Sanitation Update, 10 hour Sanitation, and more

In the past, Child Nutrition offered Pathways courses. Many of these classes are outdated and we find that many food service professional would like to take courses on-line. NFSMI provides many courses that have the same content as our former Pathways classes. You can register and complete these courses at the National Food Service Management Institution website.

The link provides step-by-step instructions for getting on to the website and getting signed up for the classes.

Serving It Safe is the only required class that takes the place of our old 10 hour pathways sanitation class.  NFSMI also offers many other classes that can be used towards the SNS credentialing. 

NFSMI on-line Course

 

Equivalent Pathway Courses

Nutrition 101- 10 hours

 

Practical Nutrition

Serving It Safe – 12 hours

 

Sanitation and Safety

Culinary Techniques for Healthy
School Meals – 33 hours

 

Quality Food Preparation and Service

On The Road to Professional Food
Preparation – 4 courses, 4 hours each
Standardized Recipes
Weights and Measures
Portion Control
Recipe Adjustments

 

Principals of Quantity Food Production

Human Resource Series 7 courses
3-4 hours each

 

Effective Human Relations

Financial Management – 12 hours

 

Financial Management and Cost Control

Focus on the Customer 2 courses
6-7 hours

 

Marketing and Customer Relations

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USDA Proposed Food Service Director Hiring Standards

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USDA Proposed Required Minimum Training/Education Standards, for All Sizes of School Food Authority

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