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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.

May

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/5/2021 Reminder: School Year 2020–21 Pandemic EBT SNP
5/5/2021 Reminder: SSO and SFSP Integrity Plan SSO, SFSP

April

March

February

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).

April

Notice Date Title Applicable to
4/27/2021 CA Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP) Webinar: SNPs and Student Mental Health SNP, SSO, SFSP, CACFP
4/2/2021 SFSP Mandatory Training is Now Available SFSP

March

February

Policy

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

May

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/5/2021 Reminder: Senate Bill 98 Section 34 –– State Meal Mandate Updated for Distance Learning Instruction SNP, FSDs, CBOs, Superintendents

April

February

Notice Date Title Applicable to
2/12/2021 Child Nutrition Program Monitoring Waiver Approved SNP, CACFP

Management Bulletin (MB)

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

April

Notice Date Title Applicable to
4/1/2021 Reminder: California State Meal Mandate SNP Public, Charter, County Office of Education (COE) Food Service Directors (FSD)

February

Notice Date Title Applicable to
2/22/2021 Paid Lunch Equity Exemption Guidance SNP

Other

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

May

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/3/2021

2021 Taste of CA Challenge Grant Recipients

SNP

April

March

February

Notice Date Title Applicable to
2/17/2021 National Nutrition Month March 2021 SNP, SSO, SFSP

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Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 6, 2021
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