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CNAC Meeting Minutes for November 29, 2006


Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 17, 2006
9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, CA 95814

Members Present


Richard Greene (Chair) School Nutrition Services Director
Phyllis Bramson-Paul (Executive Secretary) California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD)
Donnell Ewert School Board Member
Rob Challinor Curriculum Coordinator
Paula James Child Care Food Program
LeAnn Onasch School Food Service Supervisor/Manager
Lucy McProud Nutrition Education Health Specialist
Advisors Present



Yvonne Chan

SBE Member/Liaison

Betty Hennessy

Physical Education/Activity

John Peukert

School Business Official

Guests Present



West Ramsey

Special Assistant, NSD, CDE

Mary Marks

CDE, Curriculum and Instruction

Members Absent



Lloyd Porter (Vice Chair)

Classroom Teacher

Gini Natali

PTA Representative

Melodee Lopez

Lay Representative

Molly West Nutrition Education Specialist

Call to Order (Richard Greene)

Mr. Richard Greene, Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:25 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.


All members and guests introduced themselves.

Public Comment

No comment given.

Approval of August 3, 2006 Meeting Minutes

The agenda was reviewed and approved by unanimous vote. The Chair retained his right to change the order of business as necessary.

Nutrition Services Division (NSD) Update – Phyllis Bramson-Paul

State Meal Reimbursement Rate: Phyllis explained the sequence of events occurring during the legislative session that ended in the law requiring CDE to reimburse school meal claims at $0.21 but the money to pay for the increase being vetoed. CDE anticipates running out of funding for reimbursements in approximately March of 2007.

Phyllis stated that Senator Torlakson recently held a hearing in Fresno on school meals. She and Jesus Mendoza from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) were on a panel discussing the school meal programs. Phyllis also discussed recent school site visits that she attended with legislative staff; she stated that the Legislature is more educated regarding the school meal programs and the need for additional funding.

There was much discussion regarding the need for addition state and federal reimbursement monies.

In regard to a question, Phyllis agreed to check with staff to see if the school co-ops could work for schools on non-commodity products.

Wellness Grant Evaluation – Jan Lewis, Nutrition Education Consultant, Nutrition Services Division

Jan stated that California is one of three states selected by the USDA to participate in the 3-year Team Nutrition Local Wellness Demonstration Project grant. The purpose of the grant is to:

  • Provide mini-grants to local education agencies (LEA) to prepare case studies that demonstrate the implementation of their local wellness policies;
  • Provide training and technical assistance to these LEAs using the Team Nutrition implementation strategies;
  • Assess the types and levels of technical assistance provided at the state level; and
  • Assist USDA's Food and Nutrition Service in the development of a technical assistance guide intended to assist other State's and LEAs in measuring implementation of local wellness policies.

Jan stated that the three states (California, Ohio and Virginia) will work with USDA to develop the criteria for schools to participate in the program and that information should be communicated to schools by the end of June. Jan stated that some criteria already known is that the school districts participating would need to be K-12 and a public school district.

Jan stated that they are looking for volunteers to serve on an advisory panel and asked the council members if they would like to provide a representative either as an individual or someone appointed by the council.

It was requested by the council that Jan return to the next meeting to give an update on the Wellness Grants.

Health Education Standards - Mary Marks, CDE

Mary gave a brief overview of the group and the process used to create the Health Education Standards. Mary stated that the Health Education Standards went out for review in July of 2006 and that 89 respondents from a wide range of people provided input on the standards and that most supported the standards “as is”.

Mary stated that if the standards are approved at the January SBE meeting, the standards will be finalized, however, she stated that the Board can make changes, which if significant, could require another approval by the Board. Mary said that in the best-case scenario, the standards could be sent out to schools in time for the next school year.

A motion was made to give the Executive Committee the authority to direct NSD staff to review the standards and to draft a letter of support in its original or modified form (to point out possible issues of concern to the Council).

Rob Challinor moved.

LeAnn Onasch seconded.

Passed by unanimous vote.


Donnell Ewert nominated Leann Onasch as Chair; Melodee Lopez seconded.
No other nominations were presented.
Leann was elected with a unanimous vote.

Rob Challinor nominated Donnell Ewert as Vice Chair; LeAnn Onasch seconded.
No other nominations were presented.
LeAnn was elected with a unanimous vote.

Rob Challinor stated that his term has expired and he will not be seeking a new term. 

School Gardens - Elizabeth Moreno, Nutrition Education Consultant (NEC)

Elizabeth explained that AB 1535/Nuñez grants $15 million for school garden grants. Funding for the program is scheduled through June of 2009. Elizabeth handed out a draft application and stated that information should be sent out to schools via mail and e-mail by January and the applications will be due in March of 2007. Elizabeth stated that the grants are non-competitive and all schools that apply will get funding.

SB 12 Allowable Food - Website Development - Elizabeth Moreno, NEC

Move to next meeting

Meeting adjourned at 2:05 p.m.

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