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New Meal Pattern Training Plan--Update


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Beneficial Information

To: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Sponsors

Number: NSD-SNP-13-2013

Attention: Food Service Director

Date: May 2013

Subject: Nutrition Services Division Training Plan to Support Transition to the New Meal Pattern Requirements and Certification of Compliance—Update

Reference: Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 210 and 220

On January 26, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), issued the Final Rule: Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The Final Rule requires that School Nutrition Programs (SNP) adopt a single food-based menu planning approach and implement updated nutrition standards for school meals. The Final Rule may be accessed from the USDA’s Nutrition Standards for School Meals Web page at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/legislation/nutritionstandards.htm.

In May 2012, the Nutrition Services Division (NSD) issued Management Bulletin (MB) NSD‑SNP‑11‑2012, Nutrition Services Division Training Plan to Support Transition to the New Meal Pattern Requirements and Certification of Compliance. The MB detailed NSD’s long-range, multi-faceted training plan incorporating communications, trainings, and technical assistance (TA). The training plan supports building a foundation of knowledge on the new requirements, developing skills to implement the new standards, and enhancing activities and nurturing best practices across the state. Working with school food authorities (SFA) during this transitional year, the NSD has identified additional training opportunities that will continue to support California’s SFAs. This MB provides an update on the NSD’s training plan progress and updates to the various components.

Training Plan Progress

Since the release of the training plan, NSD staff have provided trainings and TA on the New Meal Pattern (NMP) throughout the state. NSD staff have also developed and issued a vast array of communications supporting transition to the NMP. Specifically, through the end of May 2013, the NSD has completed the following:

Current and Long Range Training Plans

The NSD maintains its commitment to ensure that California’s SNPs have the resources, knowledge, and skills to successfully implement the NMP requirements, which requires an on-going planning process. As new topics emerge and issues arise, the NSD will continue to issue communications, develop trainings, and provide TA and resources.

The table below outlines the NSD’s current training plan. As we implement these components, we will continue to investigate options for longer-range, sustainable plans such as training and TA at the regional level and comprehensive training opportunities for frontline child nutrition staff. As this long-range training plan evolves, we will provide SNPs with more details.

For more information, or if you have questions about this MB, please contact Grace Huppert, Nutrition Education Consultant, by e-mail at ghuppert@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916‑322‑1563, or Louise Casias, Nutrition Education Consultant, by e-mail at lcasias@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916-322-9943.


New Meal Pattern Training Plan

Legend

ACOE = Alameda County Office of Education
CPN = California Professional Nutrition Education and Training (Cal-Pro-NET) Center
CNIPS = Child Nutrition Information and Payment System
FBG = Food Buying Guide
FSD = Food Service Directors
FPS = Food Production Staff
MB = Management Bulletin
MP = Menu Planners
NSD = Nutrition Services Division
POS = Point of Service
SBO = School Business Official
SJSJ – San Jose State University
SNP = School Nutrition Program
UCD = University of California, Davis
USDA = U.S. Department of Agriculture

Written Communications
Topics When

Target
Audience

Sponsor

Registration
Required

Notification Method

Various

Ongoing

All SNPs

NSD

No

E-mail, MBs, Letters

CDE New Meal Pattern Web Page
Topics When

Target
Audience

Sponsor

Registration
Required

Notification Method

Various

Ongoing

All SNPs

NSD

No

E-mail

Webinars

Topics

When

Target
Audience

Sponsor

Registration
Required

Notification Method

New Breakfast Meal Pattern

May 2013
Fall 2013

FSD, MP, FPS

NSD

No

E-mail

Peer-to-Peer Sharing Best Practices

Summer 2013
Fall 2013

FSD, MP

NSD

No

E-mail

Increasing Whole Grains

Summer 2013
Fall 2013

FSD, MP

NSD

No

E-mail

Scratch Cooking

Summer 2013
Fall 2013

FSD, MP, FPS

NSD

No

E-mail

Calculating the Contribution of Recipes Using the FBG

Spring 2014

FSD, MP, FPS

UCD CPN

No

E-mail

Using the FBG and Product Formulation Statements in Menu Planning

Spring 2014

FSD, MP

UCD CPN

No

E-mail

Breakfast Offer versus Serve

Fall 2014

FSD, MP, FPS

UCD CPN

No

E-mail

Lunch Offer versus Serve

Fall 2014

FSD, MP, FPS

UCD CPN

No

E-mail

Trainings

Topics

When

Target
Audience

Sponsor

Registration
Required

Notification Method

Successful Menu Planning: Transitioning to the Current USDA Nutrition Standards

Fall 2013
Spring 2014

FSD, MP

UCD CPN

CNIPS

E-mail, NSD Web page, UCD Web page

New Breakfast Menu Planning Workshops

Spring 2013
Fall 2013

FSD, MP

NSD

CNIPS

E-mail, Webinars

Online Mandatory Training (Updated Meal Pattern Module)

March–June 2013
March–June 2014

All SNPs

SJSU CPN

CNIPS # Required for Final Exam

MB

Financial Management I for Child Nutrition Directors

Fall 2013
Winter 2013

FSD, SBO

SJSU CPN

CNIPS

E-mail

Financial Management II for Child Nutrition Directors

Winter 2013
Spring 2014

FSD, SBO

UCD CPN

CNIPS

E-mail

Fresh, Regional, Education-Supportive, Healthy Meals at Schools (FRESHMeals@Schools) Web Site, searchable recipe database, and self-paced, online videos

Ongoing starting July 2013

All SNP participating agencies

ACOE

No

E-mail

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