According to ND Code, the Lead Food Service Worker (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 Fall Pathways Course Listing is now on the Child Nutrition & Food Distribution web site http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/child/ under the New & Hot and the Training tabs. The registration form is included with the course listing. No mailings will be made of this listing. Authorized representatives and lead food service workers (LFSW) should make sure the information on the course listing is made available to all food service workers.
The Child Nutrition office keeps records of the trainings in a Pathways database. The database is updated annually with the names of the LFSW used in 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, the correct head cook should be identified regardless if they have an e-mail address or not. Name changes of food service personnel due to marriage, divorce or other legal proceedings should be reported to our office so the Pathways database can be updated.
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 added to the Pathways database.
July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014
Legumes are beans and peas which including kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), split peas, and lentils. They can be purchased in several forms including dry, canned, or frozen. Legumes are a great source of plant protein and are also excellent sources of fiber and several nutrients including potassium and folate. Note: Green peas, green lima beans, and green beans are not considered legumes because of their different nutritional makeup.
Drain garbanzo beans and rinse well. Preheat oven to 325oF. Spread beans out evenly on a baking sheet and dry in oven for 30-35 minutes stirring every 10-15 minutes; beans should be slightly starting to brown. Remove beans from oven and pour into a mixing bowl. Increase oven temperature to 400oF. Toss beans in the bowl with 2 tsp. of canola oil. Return beans to baking sheet and bake an additional 1 ¼ hours stirring every 15-20 minutes. Bake until beans are hard and crunchy to the bite. Return beans to mixing bowl and toss beans with seasonings and the additional 2 tsp. of canola oil. Spread beans out onto a baking sheet and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
To learn more about legumes visit: www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables-beans-peas.html
The mandatory CACFP administrative training will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 in Bismarck from 1 – 5pm, or in Fargo on Tuesday, October 8, 2012 from 1-5pm. Registration will be available on our website under New and Hot.
Who should attend? The Authorized Representative (individual responsible for the overall child care food program) and the Record keeper (individual responsible for completing the paperwork and submitting the monthly reimbursement claim) must attend.
CACFP application renewal time is here! The application renewal packet is mailed to the agency’s authorized representative in August. Changes to the process are outlined in the cover letter and checklist. It is important to read the cover letter and checklist before completing the renewal forms. The renewal forms must be completed and returned to DPI by September 16, 2013. DPI will approve the paper application prior to approving your on-line application. Complete applications must be submitted and approved before submitting a claim for fiscal year 2014.
Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement, which explains the food substitution that is requested. It must be signed by a recognized medical authority and must include:
Click on http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/child/sfsp/tools/med-statement-CACFP.pdf to view form.
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Farm-to-school programs offer many opportunities to educate students about good food and nutrition through farm to school programs. It can be as simple as participating in the Apple Crunch event on Food Day Oct. 24, or celebrating “locally grown” every month with ND Harvest of the Month.
Other possibilities include North Dakota Farm to School Week will be celebrated Sept. 16 through Sept. 21st and National Farm to School Month is October. These annual events feature locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables for lunch. ND Farm to School offers good food as well as lessons about agriculture, gardening and healthy eating.
Some new free materials to assist you with implementing Farm to School in your child care can be found at www.ndfarmtoschool.org. The resources tab has many web sites with recipes and lessons. The Harvest of the Month tab has posters for 15 North Dakota vegetables, recipes and information about each vegetable or fruit.
These materials can be downloaded and used for free. There are a limited number of beautifully printed posters and recipe books available. Please contact Sue Balcom at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about receiving some printed materials for your child care.
** Remember: All cycle menus utilized by your center must be pre-approved by DPI prior to implementation. This includes any significant changes to cycle menus that have already been approved.
Whole grains have been getting a lot of attention lately. What are whole grains and what is some key information to know about whole grains?
Be aware - to watch out for ways manufacturers package their products to make you think their food is a whole grain even though it may not be. If the package says “Made with Whole Grain” or “Wheat Bread”, it is likely not a whole grain. Here’s how to know if a grain product is a whole grain:
To learn more about whole grains visit www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/grains.html.