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CNAC Meeting Minutes for October 22, 2008


 

Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

October 22, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 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)
Patricia Klotz PTA Representative
Molly O’ Kane Nutrition Specialist
Lucy McProud Nutrition Education Health Specialist
Tracy Vernon Classroom Teacher
Guests

Name

Representing

Mary Rice

Education Program Specialist, State Board of Education

Mike Danzik

Nutrition Specialist NSD

Brenda Padilla Assistant Director NSD
Kari Sachs Staff Information Systems Analyst Specialist
Carol Chase Manager, Education & Nutrition Policy Unit
Members Absent

Name

Representing
John Peukert School Business Official
Paula James Child Care Food Program
Donnell Ewert School Board Representative
Robin Sinks Curriculum Coordinator

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 June 18, 2008 Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes from  June 18, 2008 were approved by unanimous vote.

II. Update: Farm Bill & Foods for Healthy Schools

  1. Carol Chase shared the final provisions of the nutrition portion of the Farm Bill of 2008 (The Food, Conservation and Energy Act). The discussion covered the measure’s provisions that expand the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) nationwide.
    • The expanded program includes only elementary school students and excludes after school programs
    • Ten percent of the funds provided to local educational agencies can be used for administrative costs.
    • California will receive $2.5 million in funds for the FFVP in October 2008.
    • Additional funds will be available in November 2008.
    • The California Department of Education (CDE) expects to fund about 180 more elementary schools in December 2008. Notices about grant funding will go out in November and will be due in six weeks. In order to qualify, schools must have a high proportion of students participating in the National School Lunch Program and have a sound administrative plan for distributing the fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • The semi-monthly calls to share best practices will continue, but with so many more schools expected to participate, a new plan for this process will be introduced.
  2. Foods for Healthy Schools (FHS)
    • Carol reviewed the changes that had been made to this program web site providing information on foods and beverages that comply with nutrition requirements.
    • The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) is researching possibilities for coordinating the project with Food Connect, a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Website.
    • The FHS Web site is in the testing phase at this time.
  3. Childhood Obesity Conference/School Wellness Conference
    • Since these two conferences are being held the same calendar year (the goal is to have them bi-annually in alternate years) the council asked which would be the most appropriate meeting for school nutrition staff to attend.
    • Carol indicated that the Wellness Conference is targeted to schools, while the Obesity Conference is more broadly based, with a research emphasis. Phyllis added that they are scheduled in two different school years, offering a budgetary option and lessening the competition between the two conferences

III. NSD Update

  1. Phyllis Bramson-Paul spoke on the financial issues facing schools which   were not reimbursed for state meal claims for May and June.
    1. Meal program participation among low income children increased dramatically in the latter part of 2007-2008. This clearly stemmed from the downward turn in the economy and increased food and energy costs, which resulted in many more low income families turning to school meals as a way to stretch their household budgets and ensure their children are fed nutritious and appealing meals. California schools served a historic 25 million more meals in 2007-08 than they did in 2006-07.

      This increase was most dramatic during the latter half of the school year, when trends are not easily identified by the CDE due to the delay between when districts provide meals and when the CDE obtains districts’ finals meal participation data. Specifically, because reimbursement claims may not be received by the CDE until fifty days after the actual meals are served and the claim month is not closed until 90 days after the end of the claim month, the CDE is not able to quickly recognize increases in meal participation.
    2. CDE is addressing this problem by:
      • Working with the USDA to allow those districts that served summer meals through the National School Lunch Seamless Summer Option Program (SFSP) to have the one-time choice of switching and claiming those meals served in June 2008 to the Summer Food Service Program’s higher rate – which is about fifty cents per meal higher, without having to meet the more stringent monitoring and record keeping requirements of the SFSP
      • Requesting a budget augmentation of about $31.1 million to allow the CDE to fully reimburse 1) the May and June 2008 claims that went unpaid and 2) the anticipated higher number of claims districts will submit in both 2008-09 and 2009-10 at the fully statutory reimbursement rate
  2. Phyllis also spoke on the nutrition initiative that Superintendent O’Connell is leading in collaboration with the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency. They undertook a series of advisory meetings to provide an assessment of the child care environment and to make recommendations in their report, Strategic Assessment of the Child Care Environment. The report proposes the establishment of California nutrition and physical activity standards for an improved Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

IV. CNAC Schedule

The Council set these dates for future meetings:

  • December 10, 2008
  • February 18, 2009
  • April 22, 2009
  • June 17, 2009
  • August 5, 2009
  • October 21, 2009
  • December 9, 2009

V. CNAC Vacancies/Recruitment

  • Mary Rice reported on the applications she has received for vacant positions.
  • Since there were a small number of applications, the council agreed to open the positions again with a December 1 due date.

VI. Reauthorization

Phyllis explained some of the recommendations which are being made to the USDA.

  • Align all Child Nutrition Programs with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans to provide consistency.
  • Adjust the national meal reimbursement rates and the income eligibility requirements to reflect differences in the cost of living of different areas in the United States.
  • Expand the number of food components required in the after school snack programs from two to three (one being a fresh fruit or vegetables) and increase the reimbursement rate to that of breakfast.
  • Re-establish Nutrition Education and Training funding to support the movement toward healthy school and childcare environments.
  • Support student health and academic achievement by implementing a universal School Breakfast Program nationally.

VII. Kari Sachs gave an overview of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) and answered the questions of the council.

  • The School Nutrition Component for applications is up and running. Schools are currently entering their applications, which are being reviewed and accepted by NSD staff.
  • The claiming component is currently in user acceptance testing, which is going well.

VIII. Miscellaneous Issues

The Council discussed various issues around compliance with the SB 12/965 and vending revenue sharing between the school food service and the school site.

IX. Suggested agenda items for the December 10 meeting

  • New ideas for facilities
  • Compliance check list for Corrective Review Evaluation
  • Recruitment Update
  • Budget Update
  • Compliance with the SB 12/965
  • Vending revenue sharing between the school food service and the school site
  • USDA clarification of cafeteria funds
  • Foods for Healthy Schools update

X. Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 P.M.

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