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CNAC Meeting Minutes for June 18, 2008


 

Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

June 18, 2008
9:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.

California Department of Education
Nutrition Services Division
560 J Street, Suite 250A
Sacramento, CA 95814

Members Present

Name

Representing
Leann Onasch (Chair) School Food Service Supervisor/ Manager
Phyllis Bramson-Paul (Executive Secretary) California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD)
Paula James Child Care Food Program
Donnell Ewert School Board Representative
Patricia Klotz PTA Representative
Molly O’ Kane Nutrition Specialist
Robin Sinks Curriculum Coordinator
Guests

Name

Representing

Elizabeth Moreno

Nutrition Education Consultant

Mike Danzik

Nutrition Specialist NSD

Chris Kavooras Manager, School Nutrition Program Unit NSD
Stephanie Ewing Child Nutrition Consultant
Jennifer Sheldon Child Nutrition Consultant
Rusty Hopewell California Healthy Kids Resource Center
Members Absent

Name

Representing
Yvonne Chan State Board of Education Liaison
Lucy McProud Nutrition Education Health Specialist
Tracy Vernon Classroom Teacher
John Peukert School Business Official

Call to order (Leann Onasch)

Ms. Leann Onasch, Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:35 a.m. which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Introductions

All members and guests introduced themselves.

Public Comment

No comment provided.

Approval of Agenda; Approval December 12, 2007 Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes from  February 26, 2008 were approved by unanimous vote.

I. Vacancies/Recruitment

  1. Leann Ornasch expressed concern about the number of vacancies on the council.
  2. Phyllis Bramson-Paul responded that the State Board of Education now has staff to support recruitment efforts.

II. SB 12/965 Regulation Update

  1. Mike Danzik pointed out the change in the regulations which consist of permitting the use of dextrose in processing dried fruit only to prevent caking and maintain flowability. Phyllis Bramson-Paul explained that in the decision making process it was discovered that dried fruit with the added dextrose contained no more sugar than fresh fruit.
  2. The third 15 day comment period has ended with no substantive comments. The California Department of Education (CDE) Legal Office will forward the regulations to the Office of Administrative Law, and they should become effective sometime in August.
  3. Communication
    1. A Management Bulletin will be issued when the regulations become effective. Training on competitive foods will be done in conjunction with “Shaping Health as Partners in Education” (SHAPE) in face-to-face training and in a webinar format.
    2. Molly O’Kane suggested we look into the Web training platform which San Diego Unified School District uses as a resource or an example.
  4. A question was asked regarding how the new regulations would affect Coordinated Review Efforts. Phyllis explained that there are not enough staff to conduct comprehensive reviews of state requirements.

III. SB 490

  1. This law, effective July 1, 2009, prohibits foods containing artificial trans fats from being served or sold to students outside the school meal program in vending machines or “school food service establishments” from one-half hour before to one-half hour after school hours.
  2. NSD is proposing changes to Education Code Section 49431.7 (SB 490) which would prohibit foods containing artificial trans fats from being sold outside the school meal program campus-wide, not just through vending machines or “school food service establishments.” NSD’s proposed changes are consistent with the other campus-wide nutrition standards and regulations.

IV. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

  1. The purpose of this program is to provide an additional free fresh fruit or vegetable snack to students during the school day as a supplement to (and not part of) the school breakfast and school lunch programs and to teach students about good nutrition.
  2. Requirements
    1. Fifty percent of the students at participating schools must be eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
    2. The school must be a participating SHAPE agency.
    3. The food service program must be in good standing with the school nutrition program.
    4. The school administration must be committed to sending a school team of three people to two seasonal trainings during the grant period.
  3. Results
    1. Thirty-eight applicants applied on behalf of 90 school sites.
    2. Twenty-five school sites were chosen which represent 16 school districts in a variety of locations with a mix of rural, urban and suburban schools.
    3. The awardees will be announced at the end of June.
    4. Grant awards are based on enrollment. For this grant period schools will receive approximately $20 per student.
  4. This funding will be increased with money from the recently passed Farm Bill.

V. Food for Healthy Schools

  1. Rusty Hopewell from California Healthy Kids Resource Center (CHKRC) introduced the Food for Healthy Schools project.
    1. The CHKRC, in collaboration with the CDE’s Nutrition Services Division, is developing the Foods for Healthy Schools Web pages on the CHKRC Web site External link opens in new window or tab. .
    2. This data base will provide will provide a free, searchable data base of approved foods and beverages sold outside of the USDA meal programs.
    3. Manufacturer, broker, and distributor information will be provided.
    4. School food service staff can use the Web site to build a purchasing list of compliant foods arranged by distributor or broker.
  2. The Web site will be financed by fees paid by manufacturers, distributors and brokers.
  3. The next step is to convene a stake holders meeting for feedback. This would include food services directors as well as vendors.
  4. The CNAC members provided valuable feedback to Rusty Hopewell about the use of the Web site and costs to vendors.

VI. Mega Item Transfer

  1. Chris Kavooras presented a proposed Management Bulletin which addressed the issue of transferring cafeteria funds for other uses. This practice is specifically prohibited by the California Education Code.
  2. Members of the council were invited to provide feedback on the draft bulletin.

VII. Senate Bill 80

  1. Chris Kavooras also explained that this law requires that school food services provide a self-certification that they do not use trans fats in their food preparation or deep, flash, or par fry foods themselves This certification must be provided by June 30 or the school forgoes state reimbursement.
  2. Many avenues have been used to pass on this information: Management Bulletins, ListServ, letters, and faxes. However, there is still concern that some districts and schools have missed the notice, especially the small ones.
  3. There is also concern that this one-time only certification will create several problems which CDE has proposed to correct in the Omnibus Bill.
    1. If a school certifies compliance later than June 30, there is no way to receive their reimbursements.
    2. A school new to the School Nutrition Program has no way to meet this requirement.
    3. With changes in staffing and leadership, schools could go back to using trans fats and/or frying and not know it is unlawful. An annual certification would prevent that.

VIII. Division Update

  1. Phyllis explained that the Federal Reauthorization for the National School Lunch Program is coming up soon. There will be a meeting in San Francisco on August 6 to express concerns and request changes in the program. In order to balance California’s higher cost of living, the Nutrition Services Division will be requesting a move away from one reimbursement rate for all states and changes in the eligibility scale.
  2. Phyllis also shared the status of the Direct Certification/Direct Verification Grant Request to the USDA. This grant would provide funds to establish a more effective system of sharing information in the Food Stamp and CalWORKS programs for certifying for free meals and would use Medi-Cal income data to verify income or certify children as eligible for free and reduced-price  meals.
  3. Phyllis reported that the new directors’ course will be held starting in 2009 in Northern and Southern California in alternate years.
  4. Training for financial management given through San Jose State University was held on June 17 in Woodland. This was the first in a series to be held in various locations.

IX. Next meeting agenda

  1. These items should be on the agenda for the August 27 meeting:
    1. Calendar for 2009.
    2. Vacancies.
    3. Topics for reauthorization of the national school lunch program.

X. Adjourn

  1. The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m.
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