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Summer Food Service Program Waivers Rescinded
As a result of the USDA Office of Inspector General review of USDA FNS controls over the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), FNS concluded that several policy memoranda waiving SFSP requirements were not fully consistent with all requirements of the National School Lunch Act.


The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF)

is now accepting applications for the 2019 Winston Equipment Grant.

The 2019 Winston Equipment Grant opened on October 22, 2018 and will close on January 31, 2019. The recipient of this grant will be awarded 10 pieces of equipment, which could include CVap® holding cabinets, holding drawers, and rethermalizers. Complete a short survey with basic information about your district and create a video to ‘show’ us your story, videos should be no longer than 2 minutes in length. To learn more about the application process, visit our website.


Questionnaire helps diagnose GI disorders in youths with ASD

Researchers found that a 17-item questionnaire correctly identified 84% of children with autism spectrum disorder who had gastrointestinal disorders, such as diarrhea, constipation and reflux disease. The findings, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, are helpful because such children sometimes have trouble describing their symptoms and GI problems "can be painful and disabling and they can have profound effects on a child's behavior," Dr. Kara Margolis said in a statement.

United Press International (10/23)


Salmonella Outbreak From Raw Chicken

The CDC said 92 people across 29 states have been infected by an outbreak of Salmonella linked to raw chicken. No deaths were reported, but 21 people have been hospitalized, the agency said. A common supplier of chicken products hasn't been identified yet.


Bill to Increase Breakfast After the Bell Introduced in Congress
Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) introduced the Breakfast After the Bell Act of 2018, which, if passed, will provide additional funds to certain schools that serve breakfast to students after the start of the school day.


FY 2019 Farm to School Grants Now Available!

October is National Farm to School Month, and FNS has opened applications for the FY 2019 Farm to School Grant. This year, FNS is seeking to award $7.5 million in funding to increase the availability of local foods in school meals programs. Visit the FNS website for information about past awardees and resources to help you apply. Applications close December 4, 2018.


Commodity Value

Commodity Value is the same as we received in the summer but here is the official wording from the Federal Register for the .235 cents in commodity value through USDA for each lunch. None for breakfast yet.

The value of food assistance is adjusted each July 1 by the annual percentage change in a three-month average value of the Price Index for March, April, and May each year. The three-month average of the Price Index increased by 0.64 percent from 203.76 for March, April, and May of 2017, as previously published in the Federal Register, to 205.07 for the same three months in 2018. When computed on the basis of unrounded data and rounded to the nearest one-quarter cent, the resulting national average for the period July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, will be 23.50 cents per meal. This is an increase of one quarter of a cent from the school year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) rate.


Ready to Eat Ham Recall

89,000 pounds of Johnston County Ready to Eat Hams is being recalled

The establishment number inside the USDA establishment  is "EST.M2646".  The product was distributed in Maryland according to Food & Nutrition Safety and Inspection Service.  it has been linked to possible Llisteria contamination.  


Raw Beef Recall Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

6.5 million pounds of raw beef products bearing the establishment number

"EST.267" inside the USDA trademark have been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination according to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.  These items were shipped from an Arizona based plant to retail institutions and institutions nationwide.


SNA Meets with Sec. Perdue to Discuss School Meal Programs


SNA’s Wendy Weyer, Lori Adkins and Gay Anderson join Sec. Perdue 
at USDA Headquarters.

This week, SNA was invited to participate in a roundtable with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to discuss ways the Department can improve the administration of school meal programs. Representing SNA at the meeting were SNA President Gay Anderson, SNS, President-elect Doug Davis, SNS, At-Large Director Lori Adkins, SNS and Wendy Weyer, SNS, a past Public Policy & Legislation Committee Chair. The group discussed complex and burdensome administrative and reporting requirements and the need to streamline mandates so that school nutrition professionals can focus on feeding students.

In a  USDA press release on the event, Sec. Perdue said, “We are looking ahead for more ways to help local operators run world-class school meal programs.” The Secretary added that increasing program efficiency and accountability is a priority for USDA, as it makes the best use of taxpayer dollars. 

Representatives of the Council of the Great City Schools, National School Boards Association and The School Superintendents Association also participated in the meeting. USDA plans to meet with other school meal partners in the coming months. Officials also stressed that a final rule on school meal flexibilities is coming soon.


2018-19 Promotion Calendar Available Now!

Fully redesigned, the 2018-19 Promotion Calendar is online now and ready to assist you with your programs. Read More.