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CNAC Meeting Minutes for December 15, 2014


Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education

Meeting Minutes

December 15, 2014

Members Present

Nori Grossmann, Clell Hoffman, Carol Chase Huegli, Lawrence Herrera,
Barbara Rohrer, Lucy McProud, Caroline Danielson, and Patricia Vance

State Board of Education Member Liaison

Niki Sandoval

Representative for the State Board of Education

Carolyn Pfister

Members Absent

Marni Posey and Colleen You

Also Present—California Department of Education

Michael Danzik, Greg Heilner, Kimberly Frinzell, June Preston, Martie Hague, Lori Porter,
Sharon Ray, James Rickner, Chris Kavooras, Tia Shimada, Tracey Patterson, and Thy Tran

Call to Order

Lawrence (Larry) Herrera, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Members and other attendees introduced themselves. Niki Sandoval was connected to the meeting through conference call.

Approval of Agenda

Lucy McProud moved to approve the agenda for December 15, 2014, Nori Grossman seconded the motion. The Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) voted to approve the December 15, 2014, agenda.

Approval of Minutes to the September 8, 2014, CNAC meeting

Lucy McProud moved to approve the minutes and Clell Hoffman seconded the motion. The CNAC voted to approve the minutes of the September 8, 2014, meeting.

There was no public comment.

Agenda Items

Item 1
Subject: Member Project and Priority Sharing

The CNAC members discussed and shared items of interest from their own agency work.

Nori Grossman shared about a food waste workshop that was sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. Large corporations were invited to attend and discuss the issue of food waste. She shared that food waste comprises 40 percent of our landfills and 20 percent of household garbage. Nori suggests that the committee keep food waste on their radar as a media campaign is being developed to bring awareness to the issue.

Clell Hoffman shared that breakfast has become challenging for elementary schools. Hiring is difficult for the service of breakfast. Also, parents are dropping children off early and the issue to feed them breakfast has been challenging. Given these challenges, Mr. Hoffman is starting a School Breakfast Program at one of his elementary schools in January. Staffing for a one hour position has proven to be challenging. He worked with the union and re-classified positions to make this program possible. Mr. Hoffman needs at least 50 students to participate in the breakfast program to make it financially feasible. Mr. Herrera suggested that Mr. Hoffman contact Dr. Robert Lewis at the El Monte City School District for breakfast implementation ideas and solutions to staffing challenges.

Lucy McProud shared that her agency is actively seeking to educate students and families about food waste and create better packaging systems in their schools.

Barbara Rohrer shared an innovative solution to sweetening school meals without using refined sugars. A farm in Valley Center supplies them with Fuyu (persimmon) and guava, which is used to sweeten bread dough.

Caroline Danielson had nothing to share and passed.

Trish Vance shared that she recently left Los Angeles Unified School District and is now working as a consultant for Insight Education Group. She is working with a client in central California on their garden program and noted that the school district is not allowing school garden produce to be served in their cafeteria. Ms. Huegli informed Ms. Vance that there is no state or federal law or regulation preventing the cafeteria from serving school garden produce, but it might be a decision made by the county health department or the district itself. Mr. Hoffman suggested that Ms. Vance explore who made that decision. Ms. McProud suggested that perhaps the school garden is seen as “competition” to the meal program because it is located in an agricultural community.

Lawrence Herrera shared about being a member of a community-based steering committee and how it has evolved over the years. The committee is active in advocating bicycle transportation and in leading an effort to teach high school students how to compost. They have revamped their wellness policy to include access to water and adequate time to eat. Mr. Hoffman asked Mr. Herrera to please share a summary of this wellness policy to use as a sample for his own school district. Ms. Huegli offered to invite the state leaders of wellness policy to the CNAC to provide more information if desired.

Niki Sandoval has updates on the State Board of Education vacancies but will share them later in the day.

CNAC Recommendations: No recommendations, only discussion/information sharing.


Item 2

From the Nutrition Services Division (NSD), Carol Chase Huegli, Associate Director, provided Director updates.

General Updates

Carol Chase Huegli shared that the NSD was approved for 15 new positions to assist with Administrative Reviews (AR), and two limited-term and 1 permanent position to assist with Medi-Cal Direct Certification. The NSD is currently in the recruitment process.

Ms. Chase Huegli also shared that Sandip Kaur, Chris Kavooras, and she attended the state agency conference in Virginia with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on
December 8–12, 2014. At the conference, the USDA shared updates on the Administrative Review (AR) and forthcoming regulations. All states with the exception of one have begun AR implementation and the USDA encourages states to approach the AR in partnership with sponsors, as opposed to taking a punitive stance.

Federal Regulation Updates

In 2015, the USDA plans to release regulations on the AR and final regulations on competitive food and beverages and the local school wellness policy. They also plan to release proposed regulations for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Unpaid Meal Charges.

Mr. Hoffman shared that his school district has reduced their unpaid meal charges by offering students an alternative meal. Ms. Huegli informed the CNAC that the USDA is planning to develop guidance around this issue. The USDA intends for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to remain focused on the free and reduced-price students and have the district take greater responsibility for any unpaid full price meals.

2015 will bring re-authorization of the Child Nutrition Act. Ms. Huegli shared that the reauthorization will focus on:

  • Decreasing administrative burden on state agencies, program sponsors, and families
  • Increasing program access
  • Increasing meal quality
  • Increasing program integrity

A report was released on the accuracy of NSLP applications and, as a result, the USDA will enforce stricter guidelines on applications to maintain program integrity.

Lastly, Ms. Huegli summarized the recent federal spending bill which included additional funds for school equipment grants, maintaining sodium requirements at the current level in the NSLP and SBP until evidence-based research is completed, and allowing schools that can demonstrate significant hardship a whole grain-rich exemption.

CNAC Representative on the Competitive Food and Beverage Advisory Group

A Competitive Food and Beverage Advisory Group will be convening in spring 2015 to discuss recommendations for changes to the current California competitive food laws and regulations. Ms. Huegli requested a volunteer to represent the CNAC on this advisory group. Mr. Hoffman volunteered.

CNAC Recommendations: Nominate Mr. Hoffman to the Competitive Food and Beverage Advisory Group.

ACTION: Ms. McProud nominated Mr. Hoffman to represent CNAC and Nori Grossman seconded the nomination. The CNAC voted to have Mr. Hoffman become the CNAC representative to the Competitive Food and Beverage Advisory Group.

State Board of Education Liaison Update

Carolyn Pfister shared that the CNAC currently has four vacancies: PTA/PTO representative; student representative; teacher representative; and food service director representative. The extended deadline to apply is December 15, 2014, at 5 p.m. Applications for all categories have been received and screening will begin in early January. Carolyn shared that the student member of the CNAC must commit to keeping up with his or her academic studies and CNAC membership will be a valued opportunity.

CNAC Recommendations: No recommendations, only discussion/information sharing.


Item 3

From the NSD, Greg Heilner, Staff Services Manager III.

Subject: Comparing Meal Participation Data to the National Data

Mr. Heilner shared various data that compared school meal participation in California to the national participation levels. The NSLP has seen a slight decline in participation nationally and in California, whereas the SBP has grown both nationally and within California. For further review of this data, please see Handout 1. Mr. Heilner informed CNAC that he will be convening a group of NSD staff to look at why the NSLP meal participation has declined.

CNAC Recommendations: No recommendations, only discussion/information sharing.


The CNAC adjourned for lunch at 12 p.m.

The meeting was reconvened at 1:05 p.m.

Item 4

From the NSD, Martie Hague, Staff Services Analyst; and from the California Food Policy Advocates, Tracey Patterson, Nutrition Policy Advocate

Subject: Sufficient Time for Lunch and California Department of Education (CDE) Web page

Ms. Hague shared CDE’s Ensuring Adequate Time to Eat Web page. She described the Web page content and asked the CNAC to let her know if they see any gaps in information. The CNAC made one suggestion to add links to specific research such as the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management External link opens in new window or tab..

Subject: California Food Policy Advocates Study

Tracey Patterson from the California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) shared a study that correlates longer lunch periods (34 minutes or more) with increased fruit and vegetable consumption among middle school students. Other factors that had some influence on fruit or vegetable consumption are meal quality, student involvement in menu development, and family eating habits; however, the longer lunch period was the only factor that significantly increased both fruit and vegetable consumption during school lunch.

Ms. Patterson distributed a fact sheet regarding their current policy agenda. She also shared two studies about fruit and vegetable consumption among youth. The study, Vegetable Consumption Is Linked to Decreased Visceral and Liver Fat and Improved Insulin Resistance in Overweight Latino Youth External link opens in new window or tab. is published by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and School Food Reduces Household Income Disparities in Adolescents' Frequency of Fruit and Vegetable Intake External link opens in new window or tab. is published by Elsevier Inc. Both studies showed that even minor increase in fruit and vegetable consumption at school had a marked positive impact on student’s nutritional health.

CNAC Recommendations: No recommendations, only discussion/information sharing.


Item 5

From the CFPA, Tia Shimada, Managing Nutrition Policy Advocate; and from the NSD, Lori Porter, Child Nutrition Consultant, and James Rickner, Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Subject: Breakfast Strategies and Funding Opportunities
CFPA Breakfast First Campaign

Tia Shimada shared information on school breakfast participation, strategies, and promising policies. Her information focused on kindergarten– grade 12 public school students. She asserted that the model of breakfast service influences participation. Examining the breakfast service model may alleviate stigma associated with school meals and increase fiscal viability of the program.

Ms. Shimada discussed funding associated with increased breakfast participation. She estimated that if the SBP had the same amount of participation among low-income students as the NSLP in 2013–14, California public school districts would receive an additional $344 million in federal meal reimbursement funds.

Ms. Shimada also shared that four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Washington D.C., and West Virginia) have breakfast legislation addressing the types of service models used in high poverty schools. Texas and Florida have legislation that mandates free breakfast for all students in high poverty schools. Twenty-five other states require that breakfast be served in at least some of their schools. California has no legislation at all guaranteeing students have access school breakfast. CFPA is actively seeking a legislative author to draft a bill to that would increase access to school breakfast, particularly for students attending California’s high-need schools.

Breakfast Participation and Strategies

Lori Porter shared the breakfast requirement changes for School Year 2014–15.

James Rickner shared information on the different breakfast service models such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Second Chance Breakfast, Grab and Go Breakfast, and Breakfast on the Bus. Strategies to implement breakfast include the use of breakfast carts, vending machines, and smoothie bars.

Mr. Rickner discussed funding sources for breakfast which includes the CDE SBP Grant and an Action for Healthy Kids breakfast grant. The CDE SBP grant is available to school districts, county offices of education, and direct-funded charter schools. Grant awards may be used for non-recurring expenses associated with SBP start-up or expansion.

CNAC Recommendations: No recommendations, only discussion/information sharing.


Item 6

From the NSD, Kimberly Frinzell, Nutrition Education Administrator

Subject: Increasing Eating and Decreasing Food Waste

Kimberly Frinzell shared information about the launch of a USDA study (in partnership with Mathematica Policy Research and its research partners ABT Associates, Agralytica, and Reylon Media) to examine the success of the new school meal standards. The School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study External link opens in new window or tab. is the first large-scale integrated study since the implementation of the new regulations to include both nutrition and cost domains, making it the most important study of these areas to date. Five hundred schools across the nation, including 100 in California, will participate. The USDA will release the final report in 2017. For a list of the study participants, please see Handout 2.

Ms. Frinzell also shared a study from the Pew Charitable Trusts called Parents Support Healthier School Food Policies by 3-to-1 Margin External link opens in new window or tab.. Data were collected through telephone surveys among registered voters who are parents of public school students. The study found that most parents favor nutrition standards for all food served in schools (72 percent).

Ms. Frinzell also shared an article from the USDA called Creative Solutions to Ending School Food Waste External link opens in new window or tab.. The article highlights strategies for schools to reduce plate waste and to educate students on the impact of food waste recovery on the greater community. These strategies can be incorporated into the classroom as science-based lessons and community service projects.

CNAC Recommendations: No recommendations, only discussion/information sharing.


Item 7
Agenda for the February 9, 2015 Meeting

The following were suggested as agenda items:

  1. Food Allergies—share what districts are doing to address special dietary needs.

  2. Curriculum and Frameworks—are we still providing input/public comment?

  3. Explore studies on children’s ability to cook and prepare their own meals/snacks.

  4. 2015–16 meeting dates. Michael Danzik will bring a list of potential dates.

  5. Discussion of Professional Standards proposed regulation or other proposed/final regulations (if released prior to February 9 meeting).

Meeting adjourned at 2:53 p.m.

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