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CNAC Meeting Minutes for April 22, 2009

Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

April 22, 2009
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

California Department of Education
Nutrition Services Division
560 J Street, Suite 270
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)
Lucy McProud Nutrition Education Health Specialist
Tracy Vernon Classroom Teacher
Jody Ornelias School Food Service Director
Robin Sinks Curriculum Coordinator
Diane Grooms School Board Member
Paula James Child Care Food Program
Molly O’ Kane Nutrition Specialist
Name Representing
Brenda Padilla Assistant Director NSD

Mary Rice

Education Program Specialist, State Board of Education

Deborah Franklin Education Program Consultant

Mike Danzik

Nutrition Specialist NSD

Stephanie Ewing Child Nutrition Consultant, NSD
Rae Vant School Nutrition Program Specialist, NSD
Heather Reed Nutrition Education Consultant, NSD
Jan Lewis Nutrition Education Consultant, NSD
Lynette Hayes-Brown Nutrition Education Consultant, NSD
Kelley Knapp Nutrition Education Consultant, NSD
Members Absent
Name Representing
Debra Mason Lay Person
Patricia Klotz PTA Representative
Ruth Bloom Board Liaison
John Peukert School Business Official (Advisory)

Call to order (Leann Onasch)

Ms. Leann Onasch, Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance followed.


All members and guests introduced themselves.

Public Comment

No public comment was provided.

Approval of Agenda and February 18, 2009, Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes from February 18, 2009, were approved by a unanimous vote.

Recruitment - Mary Rice

Mary reported she is still recruiting for a school administrator. The final filing date is May 8, 2009.

Budget - Phyllis Bramson-Paul

In the recently enacted state budget, most categorical education programs were reduced by 15 percent, except a handful, including child nutrition. Also, flexibility in spending has been granted in most areas. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations state that child nutrition funds cannot be used for other programs. A management bulletin (MB) will be sent to clarify the issue for districts.

Health Framework - Deborah Franklin

Deborah discussed the Health Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten through grade twelve. The Health Subject Matter Committee (SMC) will meet sometime in June or July 2009 to review the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC) applications and guidelines for the CFCC. A revised framework is tentatively scheduled for the State Board of Education (SBE) approval in spring 2011.

Clarification Regarding the Use of Parent Groups, Student Groups, and Other Community Organizations to Provide Meal Services to Students - Management Bulletin - Stephanie Ewing

Stephanie presented the NSD draft MB, clarifying the state and federal laws related to parent groups, student groups, and other community organizations to selling foods and beverages.

Council members suggested the following:

  • Begin each answer with yes or no
  • Move up the paragraph related to the requirement to make eligibility applications available every school day
  • Bold face double the amount, the description of EC Section 38101(f) on page 4
  • Add a definition for vend
  • Include a link to the Vending Machine MB
  • Expand on food safety issues
  • Add more clarification related to vending meals (e.g., pizza days)
  • Clarify whether or not the MB includes charter schools, private schools, etc
  • Keep parallel structure as applicable

Equipment Grants - Information Alert Bulletin - Rae Vant

Rae Vant reported on the Information Alert, number USDA-SNP-03-2009, notifying school food authorities (SFA) of the availability of $12.8 million in equipment grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The NSD will award funding to SFAs through a competitive grant process whereby funding priority will be given to sites in which at least 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Wellness: Putting School Policies into Practice - Heather Reed/Jan Lewis

Jan Lewis and Heather Reed spoke on 2006 Team Nutrition grant and school wellness policy.

California was one of three states, along with Pennsylvania and Iowa that received a 2006 Team Nutrition Grant from the USDA. The grant funds an evaluation of the impact of technical assistance on wellness policy implementation. The grant ends December 2009 and is being evaluated by UC Berkeley, Center for Weight and Health. The NSD will be collecting case studies that demonstrate changes in the school environment as a result of the wellness policy implementation and will share the information at future workshops. The goal is to maintain the momentum in school wellness policy implementation and support districts statewide in improving school wellness.

Local school wellness policies address nutrition education, physical activity opportunities, and nutrition standards for foods/beverages offered at schools in addition to school meals.

Congress mandated the development of local wellness policies for all school districts. Establishing and implementing districtwide local wellness policies is an important step to create school environments that offer and encourage healthy choices for students to support positive eating behaviors and decrease the risk of childhood obesity.

The school nutrition wellness policy plays a critical role of schools in curbing the epidemic of childhood obesity. The wellness policy provides an opportunity for school districts to create an environment conducive to healthy lifestyle choices and puts the responsibility at the local level.

CRE Guidance - Management Bulletin - Mike Danzik

Mike Danzik requested input on the NSD MB draft number NSD-SNP-02-2009. The MB provides information on requirements for monitoring foods and beverages sold to pupils outside of the federally reimbursable school meal programs (known as competitive food and beverage sales).

Mike responded to questions from the Council members including the following:

Page 3, first paragraph (see paragraph below):

“NSD encourages the district to assign the task of gathering the required information to the pertinent group or individual responsible for the food and beverage sales, e.g., the PTA President, Associated Student Body Director or individual in charge of a student organization, head of the athletic department, or head of the ROP.”

The Council Members requested clarification to the word encourages and felt the sentence is vague regarding the district assigning the task of gathering the required information.

Council Suggestion: Delete and replace with “NSD encourages districts to adopt the following best practices. Give districts examples of successful options.”

Page 3, second paragraph, second bullet

“The type of food and beverage information that must be gathered for a CRE includes, but is not limited to…a list of all foods and beverages sold, by group or individual on school.”

The Council members had the following questions:

  1. What kind of information is gathered?
    Response:  The item name is a minimum. From this, a reviewer could catch potential red flags. Not much information is needed, unless requested by the reviewer.
  2. Will the NSD require information on food/beverage sales that only happens one time?
    Response:  Since any sale that occurs on school campus must follow the various competitive food and beverage restrictions, NSD will require sufficient information on all sales, whether they are on-going or only happen one time. Schools and groups will need to plan ahead for food/beverage sales, and provide enough lead time in order to obtain approval for such sale(s) by their school board. This planning will help the school, district, and groups better comply with the restrictions.
  3. Does the NSD want to know all food and beverage sales on campus?
    Response:  Yes.
  4. Will the NSD require information on food/beverage sales only for groups who sell food/beverages and not groups who provide (i.e., give food/beverages away for free) them?
    Response:  Yes, state and federal rules do not apply to foods provided/served (i.e., not sold), unless their Local School Wellness Policy mandates it.
    The NSD requires districts to establish a process they will follow that will include (as required by law and regulation) approval of all food and beverage sales by their local governing board. The entities selling foods and beverages will need to provide at minimum:
    • Name of entity selling
    • A list of foods/beverages for sale
    • Date(s) of sale
    • Location of sale(s)

Child Care Web Site Demo - Lynette Hayes-Brown

Lynette Haynes showcased the Healthy and Active Preschoolers Web site. The site is a virtual Nutrition Learning Center that houses four online nutrition courses. Child care staff who successfully complete these courses will obtain professional growth hours. The site also contains resources such as nutrition education curriculum, nutrition songs and storybooks, parent nutrition tip sheets, and other tools to help teachers improve the nutrition and physical activity environment in child care settings. The NSD will field test the site before it is launched in September 2010.

Until the site is available, a suggestion was made that the Gilbert Foundation’s Web site, Contra Costa Child Care Council External link opens in new window or tab., would be a valuable reference point.

Brownley AB 627 - Kelley Knapp

Kelley Knapp reported on the status of the Brownley Bill – AB 627, and spoke on Strategic Assessment Review’s recommendations and on the Nutrition Standards Advisory Workgroup recommendations summary from the December 15, 2008, workgroup meeting.

The Strategic Assessment Advisory Group convened by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell, and California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary, Kim Belshe, developed four interdependent goals:

  1. Strengthen the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  2. Establish nutrition and physical activity requirements for child care programs
  3. Provide consistent messaging related to nutrition and physical activity
  4. Expand nutrition and physical activity training in child care programs

The Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards Workgroup was convened to work primarily on goal 1 above. The Workgroup developed recommendations for nutrition standards to improve the current CACFP meal pattern. AB 627 currently proposes to:

  • Incorporate nutrition standards into state licensing regulations (without additional state reimbursement).
  • Requires recommendations for nutrition standards that would require cost analysis to determine the amount of additional state reimbursement needed to implement.

The recommendations would be implemented only if state funding was available to cover the reimbursement cost.

Council Meeting Schedule

June 17, 2009 (Subsequently cancelled)
August 5, 2009
October 21, 2009
December 9, 2009

Several members will not be available to attend the June 17, 2009, meeting. A query will be conducted to determine alternative dates in June. Dates being considered are June 19 through June 26. There is a possibility the June meeting may be canceled. Also, it was decided to survey the members’ availability for the August to December meeting dates.


The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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