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CNAC Meeting Minutes for September 10, 2012


Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education
Meeting Minutes

September 10, 2012
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1801
Sacramento, CA 95814

Members Present

Carol Chase, Caroline Danielson, Nori Grossman, Lawrence Herrera, Clell Hoffman, Lucy McProud, Barbara Rohrer, Trish Vance, Colleen You

State Board of Education Liaison


Representative for the State Board of Education

Beth Rice

Member(s) Absent

Soo Zee Park and Marni Posey

Also Present—California Department of Education Staff Members:

Karen Bertram, Mike Danzik, Chris Kavooras, Stephanie Papas, Heather Reed, and Rae Vant

Call to order

The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. by Chair, Larry Herrera.

The Pledge of Allegiance was given.


Our guests introduced themselves.

Approval of Agenda:

Caroline Daniels moved to approve the agenda for September 10, and Barbara Rohrer seconded the motion. The Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) voted to approve the agenda.

Approval of Minutes:

Clell Hoffman moved that the minutes be accepted. Nori Grossmann seconded the motion. The CNAC voted to approve the minutes of the June 19 meeting.

Public Comment

No public comment was provided.

Item 1

At the last meeting, the CNAC appointed Nori Grossmann, Larry Herrera, Heather Reed, and Beth Rice to draft a letter to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the chairpersons of the Committees Overseeing the Common Core Implementation encouraging the inclusion of nutrition education into the new curriculum standards. Larry Herrera presented a draft of the letter to the council for their consideration. The CNAC provided input and recommended that Mr. Herrera move forward to finalize and sign the letter with the administrative support provided by the Nutrition Services Division (NSD). The NSD will then disseminate the personalized letters to the following:

  • Ed D’Souza, Chairperson
    Mathematics Subject Matter Committee
  • Bill Honig, Chairperson
    Instructional Quality Commission
  • Sue Stickel, Chairperson
    Mathematics Curriculum Framework & Evaluation Criteria Committee
  • Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    California Department of Education
  • Michael Kirst, President
    California State Board of Education

The NSD will forward the final letter to the CNAC members.

The CNAC took a ten minute break.

Item 2

Stephanie Papas, School Health Education Consultant, reported on the progress of the Team California for Healthy Kids Campaign. The new Team California for Healthy Kids External link opens in new window or tab. Web site includes:

  1. Information on the five platforms of the Campaign:
    1. Fresh Foods
    2. Physical Activity
    3. Physical Education
    4. Water
    5. School Wellness
  2. Resources for:
    1. Parents
    2. Educators
    3. Schools
    4. Early childhood programs
    5. After school programs
  3. Suggestions for involvement in the Campaign:
    1. Donate through the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation
    2. Take the pledge to support the Campaign
    3. Participate in the Ambassadors Program, which presents activities involving celebrities and local community heroes to support the Campaign initiatives.
  4. The Campaign is planning pilots at 32 sites in Monterey, Santa Clara, Sacramento, and Imperial Counties to encourage activities in the schools and communities. Coordinators will receive a stipend and will work with schools, local farmers, and other communities groups to foster interest in healthy choices.
  5. Karen Bertram, Nutrition Education Consultant, provided an update on Team California’s work with salad bars. They are working with Lorelei DiSogra from the Produce for Better Health Foundation on a project called “Let’s Move Salad Bars to School.” This project is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” Campaign, which has the goal of adding 300 salad bars in California schools. The Council provided some feedback on this project. CDE has started training for staff in districts and schools on the best methods for using salad bars.
  6. Many local food product outlets (restaurants, suppliers, etc.) are meeting with the Campaign staff to discuss ways to promote good nutrition habits.
  7. Medical schools in Davis and San Diego are participating in a program for medical students to work with high school students and parents to advance the healthy choices initiative.
Item 3

Heather Reed updated the CNAC on the partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California School Boards Association (CSBA). CDE is working in collaboration with CSBA to include health related articles in CSBA publications. The first publication will feature an interview with Tom Torlakson, targeted for the spring 2013 edition of “California Schools”, a quarterly hard copy publication. The CDE also partnered with the CSBA, and California Center for Research on Women and Families to co-host a Webinar presented on September 27, 2012 entitled “Local School Wellness Policies: Healthy Schools Mean Healthy Kids, Families and Communities.” The Webinar includes a videotaped interview between Tom Torlakson and CSBA. (Over 500 registered for the Webinar, and 248 participated.) The Webinar is an outcome of the California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative, which includes representation from over ten state level agencies.

The council adjourned for lunch.

Item 4

Rae Vant, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, and Chris Kavooras, Manager of the Northern School Lunch Program Unit, gave an explanation of Provision 2, an alternative meal counting and claiming option schools may use for reimbursement of meals served.

This program makes it possible for high need schools to reduce their staff labor by eliminating the need for applications, verification, and recording point of service meal counts based on individual student eligibility. During the first (or base) year, schools develop monthly claiming percentages for each meal category and apply those monthly percentages to the total monthly meal counts for the remaining three years of the cycle. At the end of each four-year cycle, schools may request an extension, and if approved, may continue claiming meal reimbursement using the monthly claiming percentages developed during the base year. The CDE, NSD may approve an extension if the school can demonstrate that the socio-economic makeup of the school’s population has declined, remained stable, or improved no more than 5 percent comparing the base year to the last year of the cycle.

Provision 2 requires the school to serve meals to all students at no charge during each four year cycle. Schools may not use cafeteria funds to pay the difference between the State and federal meal reimbursements and the amount the reduced-price and paid students would pay were the school not operating a nonpricing program.

There are no specific eligibility guidelines for Provision 2; however, schools that have a high percentage of needy students (85 to 100 percent) are more likely to succeed under Provision 2. This is because the district must pay the difference as previously explained.

Item 5

The Council established these future meeting dates:

October 29, 2012
April 22, 2013
December 17, 2012
June 3, 2013
February 25, 2013
September 16, 2013

Item 6

The Council suggested these items for the agenda for the next meeting:

  • Revisit the status of the nutrition education letter
  • Review of Allowable Expenses in cafeteria funds
  • Share the survey from the California Food Policy Advocates and the Nutrition Services Division on water accessibility in schools
  • Update on New Meal Pattern Requirements

The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

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