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Overview

The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) send messages via Listserv to program operators and contacts. The messages contained in the tabs below are identified by program and sponsor type. Program types include the School Nutrition Program (SNP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP), Food Distribution Program (FDP). To become a School Nutrition Program Operator, an agency must be either a public entity or a nonprofit organization with an Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) determination. SNP sponsor types include Residential Child Care Institutes (RCCI), and County Office of Education (COE), public and private schools, and direct funded charter schools. SNP role types include Chief Business Officer (CBO), and Food Service Director (FSD). Specialized messages intended for target audiences are marked with an asterisk (*) and are not applicable to entire program and sponsor types.

Note: Messages on this page will remain for three months before being removed.

Disaster

Proclamations that affect our program operators and state.

June

Notice Date Title Applicable to
6/10/2024

Reminder: Allowable Flexibilities for Fluid Milk Supply Shortages

SNP

 

April

Notice Date Title Applicable to
4/15/2024

President Biden Approves California Disaster Declaration

SNP, SSO, SFSP

 


Recall

Food recalls that could potentially affect our program operators and partners.

June

Notice Date Title Applicable to
6/5/2024

South American Meat Inc. Recalls Frozen Raw Beef Products

SNP

April

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/2/2024 Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Products SNP

Training

Announcements and availability of trainings, both sponsored by the NSD and those of the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other partners. Includes both in-person and e-learning offerings (conference calls and webinars).

June

Notice Date Title Applicable to
6/10/2024 Reminder: Resource Management and Procurement Resources Spring Training 2024 SNP
6/7/2024 Webinar-Expanded Geographic Preference SNP, SSO, SFSP
6/6/2024 Webinar: Tuesday @ 2 Town Hall - June 25, 2024 SNP

May

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/21/2024 School Nutrition Program Administration Training SNP

April


Policy

Notifies program operators of the release of U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy memoranda.

June

Notice Date Title Applicable to
6/20/2024 Update to Buy American Provision SNP
6/14/2024 Excessive Heat and Poor Air Quality Waivers for Summer Meal Programs SSO, SFSP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Food Safety Inspections Reminder SNP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Non-Congregate Meal Service in Rural Areas SFSP, SSO
6/10/2024 Reminder: Interim Final Rule: State agency Monitoring in the Summer Food Service Program SFSP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Updated USDA Guidance on the Community Eligibility Provision SNP
6/10/2024 Reminder: 2024–25 Child Nutrition Programs Reimbursement Rates SSO, SFSP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Leftover Food Donation in the School Nutrition Programs SNP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Determining Eligibility for Severe Need Reimbursement and the Two Cent Differential Reimbursement for School Years 2022–2023 and 2023–2024 SNP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Selection Criteria for Sponsor and Site Reviews SFSP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Approved Levels of Meals for Vended SFSP Sites SFSP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Initial Site Visits in the Summer Food Service Program SFSP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Summer Meal Programs Final Rule Update SFSP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Community Eligibility Provision SP 22-2023 Implementing the New Minimum Identified Student Percentage SNP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Implementation Guidance for the Rural Non-congregate Meal Service Option in the Summer Meal Programs SSO, SFSP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Rural Designations in the Summer Meal Programs SSO,SFSP
6/4/2024

Summer EBT 2024 Plan of Operations and Timeline

SNP

May

April


Management Bulletin (MB)

Notifies program operators of the release of California Department of Education (CDE) NSD MBs.

June

Notice Date Title Applicable to
6/10/2024 Reminder: New SFSP Management Bulletins SFSP

May

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/23/2024 Food Consumption Outside the Foodservice Area SNP, SSO, SFSP
5/2/2024

Summer Meals: Rural Non-congregate Meal Service

SFSP, SSO

Funding

Funding and grant opportunities.

April

Notice Date Title Applicable to
4/8/2024

2022 KIT $15 Million Funding Award Available

SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government. FSD, CBO, Superintendent)


Recognition

Recognition opportunities available to program operators.

June

Notice Date Title Applicable to
6/4/2024

Reminder - Farm to Summer Celebration Week 2024

SSO, SFSP

April

Notice Date Title Applicable to
4/26/2024 Farm to Summer Celebration Week 2024 SSO, SFSP
4/8/2024 Summer Meals Turnip the Beet Award Winners 2023

SSO, SFSP

4/2/2024

S-EBT Notification for CALPADS Administrators

SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government, FSD, CBO, Superintendent)


Other

Applications, surveys, announcements, and annual updates.

June

Notice Date Title Applicable to
6/10/2024

Reminder: Summer EBT 2024 Announcement

SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools, Private Schools, Nonpublic Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government, FSD, CBO, Superintendent)

6/10/2024 Reminder: Letter of Support: Healthy Meals Incentives SNP
6/10/2024

Reminder: 2024 Summer Meals Media Release

SNP (FSD, CBO, Superintendent), SSO, SFSP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Community Eligibility Provision—Application Information SNP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Income Eligibility Scales for School Year 2024–25 SNP, SSO, SFSP
6/10/2024 Reminder: Senate Bill 490 and Reporting Price Gouging SNP

May

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/13/2024 Extended: Child Nutrition Advisory Council Student Recruitment SNP (Public Schools and Charter Schools)
5/3/2024 Summer Food Service Program Application Deadline Reminder SFSP
5/3/2024

Reminder: Child Nutrition Advisory Council Student Member Recruitment

SNP (Public Schools and Charter Schools)

April

Notice Date Title Applicable to
4/26/2024 Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer 2024 Benefit Issuance Timeline Update SNP (Food Service Director, Chief Business Official , Superintendent and Claim Preparer)
4/22/2024

Provision 2 Application Deadline

SNP (Food Service Director, Chief Business Official , Superintendent, Claim Preparer)
4/18/2024 Reminder: Reimbursement Rates for SNP and FDP for School Year 2023–24 SNP, FDP
4/18/2024 Reminder: Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Income Exemptions SNP
4/12/2024 CNAC Student Member Recruitment SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools; FSD)
4/11/2024 Child Nutrition Database, Release 27 SNP, SSO
4/5/2024 School Lunch Hero Day—May 3, 2024 SNP
4/2/2024

S-EBT Notification for CALPADS Administrators

SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government, FSD, CBO, Superintendent)

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Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, June 21, 2024
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