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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). To become a School Nutrition Program Operator, an agency must be either a public entity or a nonprofit organization with an Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) determination. SNP sponsor types include Residential Child Care Institutes (RCCI), and County Office of Education (COE), public and private schools, and direct funded charter schools. SNP role types include Chief Business Officer (CBO), and Food Service Director (FSD). 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.

Recall

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

April

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/2/2024 Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Products SNP

March

February

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).

May

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/21/2024 School Nutrition Program Administration Training SNP
5/17/2024

Webinar: Tuesday @ 2 Town Hall - May 28, 2024

SNP, SSO, SFSP

April

March

February

Notice Date Title Applicable to
2/6/2024 Community Eligibility Provision 101 Webinar SNP

Policy

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

May

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/22/2024

2024 Summer Food Service Program Administration Guide

SFSP
5/21/2024 Summer 2024 Rural Non-Congregate Feeding Frequently Asked Questions SSO, SFSP
5/3/2024 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Final Rule: School Meal Standards SNP, SSO

April

February

Management Bulletin (MB)

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

May

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/2/2024

Summer Meals: Rural Non-congregate Meal Service

SFSP, SSO

March

Notice Date Title Applicable to

3/28/2024

Reminder: Availability of the Commercial Dishwasher Grant SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government. FSD, CBO, Superintendent)
3/4/2024 Availability of the Commercial Dishwasher Grant SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government. FSD, CBO, Superintendent)

February


Funding

Funding and grant opportunities.

April

Notice Date Title Applicable to
4/8/2024

2022 KIT $15 Million Funding Award Available

SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government. FSD, CBO, Superintendent)

March

Notice Date Title Applicable to
3/28/2024 Reminder: Availability of the Commercial Dishwasher Grant SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government. FSD, CBO, Superintendent)
3/20/2024 Commercial Dishwasher Grant Informational Webinar SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government; FSD, CBO, Superintendent)
3/18/2024 Local Food for Schools Use of Funds: Extension to November 29, 2024 SNP
3/5/2024 2024–25 FFVP Request for Applications Available SNP

3/4/2024

Availability of the Commercial Dishwasher Grant SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government; FSD, CBO, Superintendent)

Recognition

Recognition opportunities available to program operators.

April

Notice Date Title Applicable to
4/26/2024 Farm to Summer Celebration Week 2024 SSO, SFSP
4/8/2024 Summer Meals Turnip the Beet Award Winners 2023

SSO, SFSP

4/2/2024

S-EBT Notification for CALPADS Administrators

SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government, FSD, CBO, Superintendent)


Other

Applications, surveys, announcements, and annual updates.

May

Notice Date Title Applicable to
5/13/2024 Extended: Child Nutrition Advisory Council Student Recruitment SNP (Public Schools and Charter Schools)
5/3/2024 Summer Food Service Program Application Deadline Reminder SFSP
5/3/2024

Reminder: Child Nutrition Advisory Council Student Member Recruitment

SNP (Public Schools and Charter Schools)

April

Notice Date Title Applicable to
4/26/2024 Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer 2024 Benefit Issuance Timeline Update SNP (Food Service Director, Chief Business Official , Superintendent and Claim Preparer)
4/22/2024

Provision 2 Application Deadline

SNP (Food Service Director, Chief Business Official , Superintendent, Claim Preparer)
4/18/2024 Reminder: Reimbursement Rates for SNP and FDP for School Year 2023–24 SNP, FDP
4/18/2024 Reminder: Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Income Exemptions SNP
4/12/2024 CNAC Student Member Recruitment SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools; FSD)
4/11/2024 Child Nutrition Database, Release 27 SNP, SSO
4/5/2024 School Lunch Hero Day—May 3, 2024 SNP
4/2/2024

S-EBT Notification for CALPADS Administrators

SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government, FSD, CBO, Superintendent)

March

February

Notice Date Title Applicable to
2/29/2024

Summer EBT 2024 Announcement

SNP (Public Schools, Charter Schools, Private Schools, Nonpublic Schools and County Offices of Education and Other Government, FSD, CBO, Superintendent)

2/28/2024 National Nutrition Month 2024 SNP, SSO, SFSP
2/13/2024 Letter of Support: Healthy Meals Incentives SNP
2/2/2024

Updated Sample Procurement Procedures

SNP
2/1/2024

2024 Summer Meals Media Release

SNP (FSD, CBO, Superintendent), SSO, SFSP

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Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 23, 2024
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Recently Posted in Nutrition

  • SFSP Application Deadline is May 15 (added 09-May-2024)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division would like to remind you that your summer meal application packets for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) are due May 15.
  • CNAC Student Member Recruitment Reminder (added 07-May-2024)
    The California Department of Education is currently recruiting applicants for the Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC) student member position.
  • USDA Final Rule: School Meal Standards (added 07-May-2024)
    This information announces the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Final Rule for Child Nutrition Programs: Meal Patterns Consistent with the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Product (added 03-May-2024)
    Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.
  • Summer Meals: Rural Non-congregate Meal Service (added 03-May-2024)
    This management bulletin provides guidance on rural non-congregate meal service options in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO), collectively referred to as the Summer Meal Programs (SMP).