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CNAC Meeting Minutes for June 4, 2010

Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

June 4, 2010
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

California Department of Education
Nutrition Services Division
560 J Street, Suite 270
Sacramento, California  95814

Members Present
Name Representing
Leann Onasch (Chair) School Food Service Supervisor/Manager
Lucy McProud Nutrition Education Health Specialist
Jody Ornellas School Food Service Director
Debra Mason Lay Person
Diane Grooms School Board Member
John Peukert School Business Official (Advisory)
Tracy Vernon Classroom Teacher
Molly O’Kane Nutrition Education Specialist
Phyllis Bramson-Paul California Department of Education, Director of Nutrition Services Division (NSD)
Robin Sinks Curriculum Coordinator
Name Representing
Brenda Padilla Assistant Director, NSD
Sharol Briel Director of Food Services at Kern High School District
Members Absent
Name Representing
Ruth Bloom State Board of Education Liaison

Call to Order (Leann Onasch)

Ms. Leann Onasch, Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance followed.

Public Comment

John Peukert presented his resignation as Advisory School Business Official. He expressed his pleasure at having served and his hope that the Council would find someone who would support and contribute to the issues discussed by the Council.

Approval of Agenda and Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes from April 28, 2010, were approved by unanimous vote. The agenda for the June 3 meeting was approved with the provision that some flexibility may be needed to accommodate Sharon Briel’s travel schedule.

Meal Reimbursement — Brenda Padilla

Brenda shared that the State reimbursement rate of $.2195 / per meal will be paid through June 2011, and explained a bit about the budget process and how the reimbursement was set.

The Council discussed some trends that are affecting participation in National School Lunch Program (NSLP):

  • The economy has moved more families into financial categories that make them eligible for free and reduced meals.
  • Strict enforcement of competitive foods regulations has increased participation.
  • Many schools are improving their programs, making cafeteria food more appealing.
  • The School Equipment Grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides some schools more opportunities to provide more popular and healthful foods.

Nutrition Services Division Update — Phyllis Bramson-Paul

  • Breakfast First
    • State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell is the Honorary Chair of the Breakfast First Campaign initiated by the California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA).
    • Many education groups are supporting this effort.
    • The State Controller, John Chiang, will co-sign a letter with State Superintendent O’Connell assuring district and charter school officials that breakfast in the classroom will not affect instructional minute audits as long as appropriate educational activities are being conducted while the students are eating.
    • At the Title One Conference, Phyllis participated in a panel on the school breakfast program which included CFPA, a district superintendent and the CSNA. The panel was successful in communicating that school breakfast increases academic achievement and that increased participation in school meal programs increases funds for indirect costs.
  • Cafeteria Fund Issues
    Because of the budget crisis experienced by districts and some confusion in state legislation, some districts have transferred federal school meal funds to their general funds. NSD is working to educate district officials regarding the regulations in the California School Accounting Manual.
  • Summer Food Service
    • There has been a large increase in participation of the Summer Food Service Program through the work of the Summer Meal Coalition organized by Kate Karpilow of the California Center for Research on Women and Families. Both the number of sponsors and the number of sites have increased.
    • The California School Board Association is working on a model policy for the Summer Program.

Institute of Medicine Report and Recommendations

Sharon Briel, Director of Food Services at Kern High School District, summarized the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report and Recommendations. Sharon was the coordinator for a CSNA position paper which summarizes the CSNA response to the report.

The CSNA group had the following concerns:

  • In order to be consistent with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food pyramid, the report recommends the elimination of the SHAPE nutrient based menu planning options and the adoption of food based menu planning which is more expensive.
  • The food based menu food based menu planning option also does not easily adapt for vegetarian and other unusual dietary needs.
  • The IOM report also recommends tracking calories and the percentage of calories from fat. The states will then be asked to do that tracking at the Coordinated Review Effort, which will require more funding for the states.
  • The report recommends increasing the use of whole grain rich foods, which also results in higher costs. In addition, many whole grain products are not palatable for children.
  • Offer vs. served
  • The recommended breakfast meal pattern has fewer options and requires more space and staffing.

The CNAC members agreed with the CSNA position regarding these issues and added some concerns:

  • Lack of skill based and parent nutrition education
  • Need to provide more time to eat

Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Phyllis reviewed the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives versions of the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill.


  • The Council discussed recruitment for John Peukert’s position. A draft application will be sent for individual review with consolidation at the August meeting.
  • Currently there are no Income Eligibility Guidelines available from the USDA. School Districts should print their applications without them.
  • The next two meetings will take place on August 20 and October 27.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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