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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), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP sponsor types include Day Care Homes (DCH), Child Care Centers (CCC), and Adult Day Care (ADC). 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.

October Messages

Notice Date Title Applicable to
10/29/2020 Video: October 6 Tuesday @ 2: School Nutrition Town Hall Webinar SNP, SSO, SFSP
10/29/2020 COVID-19: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Operations Questions and Answers FFVP Grantees
10/24/2020 Webinar: Tuesday @ 2: School Nutrition Town Hall on November 10, 2020 SNP, Chief Business Officials (CBOs), Food Service Directors (FSDs), Superintendents
10/23/2020 Updated: Disaster CalFresh Outreach Materials SNP, SSO, SFSP, CACFP program operators in Butte, Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties
10/23/2020 Reminder: COVID-19: CNIPS Application Requirement Reminder SSO, SFSP
10/23/2020 Reminder: COVID-19: USDA Child Nutrition Responses #14 –17 and Questions and Answers #4 SNP, SSO, CACFP, SFSP
10/23/2020 Reminder: Pandemic EBT Frequently Asked Questions SNP
10/23/2020 Reminder: COVID-19: USDA Child Nutrition Responses #21–25 National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), CACFP, SFSP
10/23/2020 Reminder: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act NSLP, SBP, CACFP, SFSP, Summer Meal Program (SMP)
10/23/2020 Reminder: COVID-19: Connecting with Local Farmers Market Sellers SNP, CACFP, SFSP
10/23/2020 Reminder: COVID-19: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Clarifications on Child Nutrition Programs Nationwide Waivers SNP, CACFP, SFSP
10/23/2020 Reminder: COVID-19: CACFP Meal Delivery CACFP
10/23/2020 Reminder: COVID-19: CDE Fact Sheets SNP, CACFP, SFSP
10/23/2020 Reminder: COVID-19: National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and SFSP Food Service Management Contract Duration Waiver SNP, SSO, SFSP
10/23/2020 Reminder: COVID-19: CACFP Annual Review Requirements Waiver CACFP
10/21/2020 Governor Newsom Announces Federal Approval of Presidential Major Disaster Declaration SNP, SSO, SFSP, FDP, CACFP
10/19/2020 School Year 2020–21 SSO Site Application Updates SSO
10/19/2020 COVID-19: USDA Questions and Answers Relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations through School Year 2020–21 SNP, SSO, SFSP, and CACFP program operators
10/13/2020 Public Safety Power Shutoff Event October 14, 2020 FSDs in the Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Lake, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Yuba counties
10/9/2020 Extension of COVID-19 Meal Service Waivers SNP, SSO, SFSP and CACFP program operators
10/6/2020 Providing Safe Physical Activity during Coronavirus (COVID-19) SNP, SSO, SFSP, DCH, CCC
10/5/2020 U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Meal Claim Flexibility SNP, SSO, SFSP
10/5/2020 Video: September 22 Tuesday @ 2: School Nutrition Town Hall Webinar SNP, CBOs, FSDs, Superintendents
10/5/2020 CNP Operation Guidance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) FSD, CBO, Superintendents

September Messages

Notice Date Title Applicable to
9/29/2020 State of Emergency Declared in Napa, Sonoma and Shasta Counties SNP, SFSP, SSO, CACFP, FDP program operators
9/28/2020

State of Emergency in Del Norte, Los Angeles (LA) and Mendocino

SNP, SSO, SFSP, CACFP-DCH sponsors, FDP Recipients

9/25/2020 Prop. 98 COVID-19 Disaster Reimbursement (July –August 2020) SNP, SSO, SFSP, FSDs
9/18/2020 Prop. 98 COVID-19 Disaster Reimbursement (March –June 2020) SNP, SSO, SFSP, FSDs
9/17/2020 COVID-19: FFVP School Year 2020-21 Waivers SNP (Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grantees only)
9/17/2020 Video: August 25 Tuesday @ 2: School Nutrition Town Hall Webinar SNP, CBOs, FSDs, Superintendents
9/14/2020 COVID-19: USDA Child Nutrition Response #57 and Questions & Answers SNP, SFSP, CACFP
9/8/2020 Disaster: Governor Newsom Declares Statewide Emergency in Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties Due to Fire SNP, SSO, SFSP, CACFP, FDP
9/8/2020 Public Safety Power Shutoff Event September 8, 2020 SNP, SSO, SFSP, CACFP, FDP

August Messages

Notice Date Title Applicable to
8/31/2020 USDA Released Nine Summer Meal Programs Waivers Extensions Effective Until December 31, 2020

SNP, SSO, SFSP

8/31/2020 USDA Announcement on the Extension of Summer Meal Programs Until December 31, 2020 SNP, SSO, SFSP, CACFP
8/31/2020 COVID-19 School Re-Opening FAQ FSD, CBO, Superintendents
8/31/2020 COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #44, #45, #46 and #47 SNP, CACFP, SFSP
8/28/2020

COVID-19: Questions and Answers for the Child Nutrition Programs During School Year 2020–21, #5

SNP, SFSP, SSO, CCC
8/27/2020 Information Required for the March 2020 CARES Reimbursement for Meals Served during COVID-19 Closures SNP, SSFO, SFSP
8/26/2020 COVID-19: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Operations for School Year 2020–21: Questions and Answers FFVP Grantees
8/24/2020 DISASTER: Governor Newsom Announces Federal Approval of Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Lake, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties SNP
8/21/2020 Video: August 11 Tuesday @ 2: School Nutrition Town Hall Webinar SNP, CBO, FSD, Superintendents
8/19/2020 Disaster: Governor Newsom Declares Statewide Emergency Due to Fires, Extreme Weather Conditions SNP, SFSP, SSO, CACFP, FDP
8/12/2020 COVID-19: U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Response #39 through #43 SNP, SFSP, and CACFP
8/11/2020 Nutrition Services Operational Changes 2020 NSLP, SBP
8/10/2020 Reminder: Emergency Noncompetitive Solicitations SNP, SSO, SFSP, FDP, CACFP
8/10/2020 Video: July 28 Tuesday @ 2: School Nutrition Town Hall Webinar SNP, CBOs, FSDs, Superintendents
8/3/2020 Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Final Eligibility Determinations and Appeals Process SNP

July Messages

June Messages

 

Recall

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

No messages available at this time.

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).

October Messages

September Messages

Notice Date Title Applicable to
9/21/2020 CACFP Online Courses CACFP
9/8/2020 Join the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom for a Virtual AgVentura! SNP, SSO, SFSP

August Messages

 

Policy

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

October Messages

Notice Date Title Applicable to
10/29/2020 Verification Status Under the National School Lunch Program SNP

September Messages

Notice Date Title Applicable to
9/25/2020 Verification Process SNP program operators

July Messages

Notice Date Title Applicable to
7/14/2020 Senate Bill 98 Section 34 –– State Meal Mandate Updated for Distance Learning Instruction SNP program operators, Food Service Directors, Chief Business Officials, Superintendents

June Messages

Notice Date Title Applicable to
6/12/2020 Child Nutrition Program Complaint Procedures in the California Code of Regulations SNP, SSO, SFSP, CACFP

 

Management Bulletin (MB)

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

September Messages

Notice Date Title Applicable to
9/28/2020 Updated Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Record Policies and Resources CACFP program operators

July Messages

Notice Date Title Applicable to
7/31/2020 CDE FDP-01-2020 School Year 2019–20 Processor Inventory Reconciliation FDP Processors, Distributors, Recipients
7/21/2020 CDE SNP-13-2020 Professional Standards in the School Nutrition Programs SNP, Field Service Directors (FSDs), Chief Business Officials (CBOss), Superintendents
7/8/2020 CDE CACFP-02-2020: Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk and Fluid Milk Substitutions in the CACFP CACFP

 

Other

Applications, awards, surveys, announcements, and annual updates.

October Messages

Notice Date Title Applicable to
10/13/2020 Legislative Update form CalRecycle - Assembly Bill 827 & School and School Districts SNP
10/6/2020 2021 Census Bureau Data for Area Eligibility Food Service Directors (FSDs), SSO, SFSP, CC

September Messages

August Messages

July Messages

June Messages

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Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Friday, October 30, 2020
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  • October 6, 2020 Tuesday at 2 Webinar (added 30-Oct-2020)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) hosted the eleventh Tuesday @ 2 School Nutrition Town Hall webinar on October 6, 2020
  • COVID-19: FFVP Operations Questions and Answers (added 30-Oct-2020)
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  • Federal Approval of Major Disaster Declaration (added 21-Oct-2020)
    On October 16, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the President has approved California’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state’s emergency response to wildfires across the state and support impacted residents.
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    On Friday, October 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the extension of twelve Nationwide COVID-19 waivers. The CDE NSD recognizes that these extensions will require SFAs to once again update SNP site applications in CNIPS.