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CNAC Meeting Minutes for August 10, 2015

Child Nutrition Advisory Council

An Advisory Body to the State Board Of Education

Meeting Minutes

August 10, 2015

Members Present

Carol Chase Huegli, Lucy McProud, Lawrence Herrera, Nori Grossmann, Barbara Rohrer,
Cody Williams, and Helen Chang

State Board of Education Member Liaison

Feliza Ortiz-Licon

Representative for the State Board of Education

Kristin Wright

Members Absent

Dena Boortz, Clell Hoffman, Trish Keiller, Caroline Danielson, and John Shimko

Also Present—California Department of Education

Kim Frinzell, Alejandro Espinoza, Desirea Lee, Marina Soto, Jeremy Pagan
Augie Aguilar, Stephanie Papas, Lori Porter, and Ashley Osterman

Call to Order

Lawrence (Larry) Herrera, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:16 a.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Feliza Ortiz-Licon was connected to the meeting through conference call.

Approval of Agenda

Lucy McProud moved to approve the agenda for August 10, 2015. Barbara Rohrer seconded the motion. The Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) voted to approve the August 10, 2015 meeting agenda.

Approval of Minutes for the June 8, 2015, CNAC meeting

Lucy McProud moved to approve the minutes from the previous meeting as amended, and Nori Grossmann seconded the motion. The CNAC voted to approve the June 8, 2015 meeting minutes.

There was no public comment.

Agenda Items

Item 1
Subject: Member project and priority sharing

Feliza Ortiz-Licon, the new State Board of Education member liaison, was introduced to the CNAC over the phone.

Cody Williams administered the Seamless Summer Feeding Option in his district. He has also completed work on the YumYummi mobile food application software (app) External link opens in new window or tab., which is now available for download on iTunes. The app provides food allergy and nutrition information for foods at different schools and mobile school menus. The cost to use the app is $20 per month per site. Users can use the app to comment on the listed items.

Larry Herrera attended the Los Angeles County local wellness policy training, where districts identified and prioritized key elements of wellness policy. Heather Reed from the Nutrition Services Division (NSD) was a facilitator and California Project LEAN sponsored the training.

Nori Grossmann attended the Childhood Obesity Conference. Representatives focused on the bigger picture, including environmental impact.

Lucy McProud is gearing up for school at San Jose State. Faculty and staff return to school on August 18, and students return on August 20.

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

Action: None

Item 2

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

General Updates

Carol Chase Huegli provided an update on the School Nutrition Program (SNP) Administrative Review (AR) process. The NSD is waiting on a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which will allow the NSD to extend the first three-year SNP AR cycle to a fourth year.

Kim Frinzell provided updates on five federal nutrition topics.

  1. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federal grant that provides a free, fresh fruit or vegetable snack to elementary students during the school day and teaches them about proper nutrition.
  2. Whole Grain-rich (WGR) Flexibility is a work in progress. Some school food authorities (SFA) have experienced difficulty in meeting the WGR requirements in their meal programs. The workgroup developed Management Bulletin SNP-26-2015 to provide information, instructions, and procedures for SFAs that have experienced hardships in meeting the regulatory whole grain-rich requirement to receive a temporary exemption.

  3. The National Team Up for School Nutrition Success Training Pilot was sponsored by the Institute of Child Nutrition and the USDA Western Region Office in June 2015 in San Diego. The training included panel presentations by food service directors about creative solutions for implementing the regulations. This model for training was so successful that the NSD is now focusing on developing a plan to offer these trainings in California in the future.

  4. The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM) Team Nutrition Grant proposal went to the USDA for approval. The SLM applies research-based principles that lead children to make healthy choices using easy, low- or no-cost marketing techniques.

  5. The final rule for Professional Standards was released on March 2, 2015 by the USDA. The rule became effective on July 1, 2015. The NSD developed an implementation plan which includes developing policies and procedures, communicating the requirements, sharing resources, and providing technical assistance to SFAs.
Legislative Update

From the Legislative Affairs Office, Alejandro Espinoza, Legal Representative

Alejandro Espinoza provided a Legislative Update with a list of bills pertaining to nutrition.

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

Action: None

Item 3

From the NSD, Marina Soto and Desirea Lee, Associate Governmental Program Analysts

Subject: The Food Distribution Program

From the Food Distribution Program, Marina Soto and Desirea Lee, Associate Governmental Program Analysts

Marina Soto and Desirea Lee provided a presentation on the USDA Foods Program, Entitlement Usage, Participation Avenues, and USDA Foods Options. 

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

Action: None

The CNAC adjourned for lunch at 11:55 p.m.

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

Item 4

From the Coordinated Student Support Division, Stephanie Papas, School Health Education Consultant

Subject: Team California for Healthy Kids

Stephanie Papas coordinates school health and safety policy and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s Team California for Healthy Kids Initiative.

She provided a copy of the Blueprint for Great Schools, Version 2.0 (PDF).

She also provided a copy of the CDE Whole Child Community Schools Framework: Integrated Whole Child Community Schools Working Draft 2/3/14, which can be found on page 10 of the California Department of Education Whole Child Community Schools Strategic Plan External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF).

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

Action: None

Item 5

From the NSD, Kim Frinzell, Nutrition Education Administrator

Subject:Highlights from the Competitive Foods Workgroup

Kim Frinzell provided a summary of the issues discussed in the Competitive Foods Workgroup.

The group met for half a day on July 9, 2015, and consisted of SFAs, and community and state-wide stakeholders to discuss recommendations for changes to the California competitive food and beverage rules, including:

  • Aligning California law with Federal law
  • Snack restrictions in California Elementary schools
  • Types of proteins allowed in California Elementary schools
  • Beverages Offered

In the area of food service, the majority of the group agreed that California should relax their requirements and align with the federal standards.

Lastly, the group agreed to the following stipulations:

  • All groups who sell competitive foods (e.g. student groups, the PTA, etc.) should follow the same rules
  • At least one designee from each organization should have a food safety/food handlers certificate

The question remained as to whether only Food Service should be permitted to sell food during the school day.

A plan that includes submitting a legislative proposal will follow.

CNAC Recommendations: No Recommendations

Action: None

Item 6

From the NSD, Lori Porter, Child Nutrition Consultant

Subject: Food Allergies

Lori Porter provided an update from the workgroup of Child Nutrition Program staff convened by the NSD to determine viable options for permitting other state-recognized medical authorities to complete and sign a written medical statement, in addition to licensed physicians.

The USDA requires that a state licensed recognized medical authority be defined as one who is authorized to write medical prescriptions under State law.

The group sent a survey posing this question to the following stakeholders:

  • California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Council
  • California School Nutrition Association (CNSA) Past/Present President
  • Child Care Food Program – centers
  • California Summer Meal Coalition
  • Ambassador group – comprised of innovated SFAs that provide leadership and mentoring to other SFAs in the state on how to develop and implement healthy school environments
  • Family Daycare Homes – random total sample of 180 small, medium, and large homes
  • Schools – random total sample of 200 small, medium, and large districts
  • Child Nutrition Advisory Council – April 13, 2015 meeting

All stakeholders agreed that accommodating a special dietary need was not generally problematic in their program(s). They recognized and supported that a nurse practitioner (NP) and a physician’s assistant (PA) are qualified to complete and sign a written medical statement for dietary accommodations for a child with disabilities.

The workgroup submitted a recommendation based on their discussions, research, and the feedback from their stakeholders, and it was approved by administration. An NP and a PA will now be permitted to complete and sign a written medical statement for a disability determination, in addition to a licensed physician. This way, families that do not have access to a licensed physician will be able to obtain a signed medical statement.

CNAC Recommendations: No Recommendations

Action: None

Item 7

From the NSD, Lisa Melhouse, Nutrition Education Consultant

Subject: Outreach Toolkit

Lisa Melhouse provided on overview of the Outreach Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab. to promote California school meals.

CNAC Recommendations: No Recommendations

Action: None

Item 8
Possible agenda items for the October 19, 2015 meeting
  1. Update on School Nutrition Program Administrative Review process
  2. Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control and Accountability Plan
  3. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Nutrition Education
  4. AB 402 and Direct Certification
  5. The CNAC discussed starting the meetings at 9:30 a.m. in the future; many agreed it was a good idea, but a formal decision was not made.

Meeting adjourned at 2:40 p.m.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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