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New Meal Patterns for School Meal Programs:
New Meal Pattern Presentation
On January 26, 2012 USDA published the final rules regarding School Lunch and School Breakfast Meal Patterns and Nutrition Standards. The New Meal Pattern requirements for lunch will go into effect in school year 2012-2013 and the meal pattern requirements for breakfast will go into effect in school year 2013-2014. School Food Authorities (SFAs) can access information about the new meal patterns including question and answer documents and sample menus by clicking here. ODE, OCN will be conducting one more mandatory School Meal Pattern training [in conjunction with mandatory training for the new Commodity Allocation Tracking System (CATS)] in Columbus on August 7 - AM session only. Registration instructions may be found by accessing the ODE website at www.ode.state.oh.us and search Meal Training. SFAs are encouraged to reference this web page periodically for updates and training materials regarding the New Meal Patterns.
On January 25, 2013, USDA published Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs" - Short and Long Week Calculations
Paid Lunch Equity Presentaton
As a reminder, SFAs must calculate the weighted average paid lunch prices to ensure they are in compliance with the Paid Lunch Equity requirements for School Year (SY) 2013-14, see USDA policy memo, SP 25-2013 Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2013-2014 Calculations and Tool for details, and the SY 2013-14 Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) tool to assist SFAs as they make these required calculations. Nonprogram revenue tool
On March 19, 2012 USDA published policy memo SP 22-2012 Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2012-2013 Calculations and Tool and SY 2012-13 Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) tool. The interim rule entitled, “National School Lunch Program: School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” requires school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure sufficient funds are provided to the nonprofit school food service account for lunches served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals. There are two ways to meet this requirement: either through the prices charged for “paid” lunches or through other non-Federal sources provided to the nonprofit school food service account. This memorandum provides guidance on the calculations SFAs must make in order to ensure they are in compliance with these requirements for School Year (SY) 2012-13.
On February 15, 2012 USDA published policy memo SP 15-2012 Paid Lunch Equity: School Year 2012-2013 Calculations. This policy memo provides the inflation factor School Food Authorities (SFAs) can use to calculate their paid meal price increases (if applicable) for school year 2012-2013. SFAs can reference USDA policy memo SP 39-2011 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Guidance on Paid Lunch Equity and Revenue from Nonprogram Foods to view common Questions and Answers regarding the paid lunch equity process.
Indirect Cost Guidance: On July 7, 2011 USDA published policy memo SP 41-2011 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Indirect Cost Guidance.
Water Availability During National School Lunch Program Meal Service: USDA has recently updated policy memo SP 28-2011 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Water Availability During National School Lunch Program Meal Service by adding Questions and Answers to the memo.
School Wellness Policy Required Updates: According to Section 204 of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, SFAs are required to update the Local Wellness Policies. SFAs can review the required updates by referencing page 2 of the document.