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					ABC’s of School Meals




             Presented by
     MDE Office of Healthy Schools
       Office of Child Nutrition
ABC’s of School Meals:
      Accountability,
       Business, and
      Communication
  Training for school districts to meet
  the requirements of House Bill 1079
                 Presented by
         MDE Office of Healthy Schools
           Office of Child Nutrition
               Presenters
   Scott Clements, Bureau Director
    MDE Office of Child Nutrition

   Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, Consultant
    Nutrition for the Future, Inc.
    Billings, Montana
              Agenda
   Background of HB 1079
 Accountability
 Business

 Communication
   Q-and-A
        Health is Academic
   Connection between nutrition and
  academic achievement
 Better nutrition leads to:

     Improved school performance
     Higher test scores

     Lower absenteeism

     Reduced behavioral problems
        School Meals Serve Education

   Child Nutrition Programs serve over
    500,000 Mississippi students daily.
   In SY 2010, Mississippi schools served:
       34 million school breakfasts
       68 million school lunches
   MS schools received over $208 million in
    reimbursement for meals
                    House Bill 1079
   MS Legislature
    recognizes the important
    connection between
    nutrition, health and
    academic performance.
   In 2010, House Bill 1079
    was passed by the
    Legislature.
   HB 1079 requires training
    for District administrators
    on Child Nutrition issues.
       HB 1079 Training
 April 12, 2010, webinar, first training
  opportunity to meet HB 1079 directives
 Training development and

  presentation funded by the Bower
  Foundation, an ongoing partner in
  comprehensive school health
  advancement
       Federal Legislation and Rule

   Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of
    2010 and new USDA Proposed Rule
    will change some program
    requirements.
   Important to have a fiscally-sound,
    well-managed program in order to
    implement changes in an orderly and
    effective manner
Accountability
       Accountability
 All U.S. Department of Agriculture
     School Nutrition Programs
          (Breakfast, Lunch,
After-School Snack, Summer Feeding,
    and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable)
 come with specific responsibilities
for multiple aspects of the program.
        FUNDING
 Federal reimbursement
 State matching funds

 Paid meals and food sales

 Catering services

  ALL programs funds must
  be treated as federal funds.
   Federal
Reimbursement
            Accountability
              FISCAL
   Strict accounting, per federal
    guidelines, is required for all Child
    Nutrition funds.
   Improper use or accounting of funds
    can result in repayment to USDA or
    the suspension of reimbursements.
           Accountability
RESERVE FUNDS
Recommendations:
   1½ to 3 months of expenses held in
    reserve
   Reserves are crucial funding operations
    during the first months of school.
          Accountability
    Family Income Information
   All income data on individual
    families must be confidential.
   Aggregate Free and Reduced Price
    percentages may be shared.
   Anyone with access to MSIS must
    sign a confidentiality agreement.
NUTRITION
            Accountability
NUTRITION STANDARDS
   School meals are not Free food
    programs.
   They are nutrition programs designed to
    enhance both student overall health and
    their academic achievement.
   If nutrition standards are not met, federal
    reimbursement can be withheld.
           Accountability
NUTRITION STANDARDS
   Meal pattern requiring specific servings
    from food groups
   Levels of fat (30%), saturated fat (10%),
    and other nutrients to limit
   Requirements for amounts of important
    vitamins and minerals
   OFFER versus SERVE
FOOD SAFETY
         Accountability
      FOOD SAFETY
   USDA Food Safety Plan (HACCP)
   Mississippi Food Code
   Twice yearly inspections by an
    environmentalist from MS
    Department of Health
           Accountability
            POLICIES
   Numerous federal and state laws and
    regulations mandate additional policies
    for school nutrition programs.
   Through the Office of Healthy Schools,
    food service administrators receive
    training and technical assistance on
    these requirements.
             Accountability
               POLICIES
Examples include:
   Local school wellness policies mandated by
    federal law in 2004
   Mississippi State Board of Education Policies
       Nutrition Standards for Meals
       Snack and Beverage Guidelines
       Competitive Food Rule
Business
        Business
  To meet required fiscal,
   nutritional, and safety
   responsibilities, child
nutrition programs must be
 run like any food service
businesses – in this case, a
  not-for-profit business.
              Business
               Menu
   Like any food service business,
    everything in a child nutrition
    program is based on the menu.
   Any menu changes can increase
    food costs and affect compliance
    with nutrition standards.
               Business
          Participation
   High participation levels in school
    meals are the best way to maintain
    strong, financially stable programs.
   High participation decreases per
    meal costs and helps directors take
    advantage of economies of scale.
               Business
           Scheduling
   Sufficient time to eat is necessary to
    reduce plate waste and insure that
    students get the nutrition provided in
    the meals.
   Recommendations = at least 20 minutes
    of seat time for lunch and 10 minutes
    for breakfast
STAFF
                 Business
      Staff Certification
   Mississippi has requirements for Child
    Nutrition staff certification above and
    beyond most states.
   Materials for Mississippi’s certification
    program are currently being updated to
    reflect best practices and updated
    guidelines in school nutrition.
               Business
              Staffing
   Basic guideline = 14 to 18 meals per
    labor hour
   Smaller schools may need more staff
    to cover all functions, while larger,
    newer schools may need fewer staff
    due to better equipment and
    economies of scale.
               Business
         Staff Training
   Experienced, well-trained food
    service workers are essential for a
    successful Child Nutrition program.
   Ongoing staff training is the key to
    high quality meals and meeting all
    safety and sanitation requirements.
                  Business
Meal Charge Policies
   Child Nutrition programs are not Free food
    programs.
   Like any other fee-based school program,
    families are responsible for paying meal
    charges on a timely basis.
   Families with limited incomes should be
    encouraged to apply for Free or Reduced
    Priced school meals.
Communication
      Communication
  Successful school nutrition
    programs are built on a
    foundation of on-going
      communication with
administrators, staff, students,
 families, and the community.
    Communication Goals
 Support child nutrition program
  in a positive, proactive way
 Reinforce required state and

  federal polices and procedures
 Emphasize connection between

  nutrition and education
        Communication between
    Superintendent, Business Official,
     and Food Service Administrator
Recommendations:
 Regular meetings

 Monthly reports

 Assess progress toward goals

 Identify problems early and make
  appropriate changes
Communication
          SCHOOL BOARD
         Document progress
          toward goals
         Emphasize
          connection between
          child nutrition and
          academic
          performance
         Share successes in
          Child Nutrition
HealthierUS School Challenge
              USDA Award Program
               recognizing excellence,
               above and beyond
               regulations.
              Levels from Bronze thru
               Gold with Distinction
              Monetary awards from
               $2,000 to $8,000 with
               USDA and Mississippi
               contributions
Communication
       ADMINISTRATORS
         Remind principals of
          need for accountability,
          nutrition standards, and
          sound business
          practices
         Emphasize connection
          between nutrition and
          classroom education
Communication
              STAFF
      Reinforce importance of:
       Nutrition standards and

        pleasant cafeteria
        environment
       Influence of adult role

        models
       Connection between
        nutrition and ability to
        learn
Communication
          STUDENTS
      Reinforce importance of:
       Good nutrition for how

        they look, feel, and
        perform in school and
        in sports
       Appreciation for the

        hard work of Child
        Nutrition staff in
        preparing meals
Communication
             FAMILIES
         Emphasize connection
          between school meals
          and success at school
         Highlight nutrition and
          food safety standards
          for school meals
         Point out quality and
          value of school meals
Communication
           COMMUNITY
         Emphasize connection
          between school meals
          and performance of
          students in academics,
          as well as sports and
          other activities
         Highlight quality and
          value of school meals,
          as well as ongoing
          improvements
            THANK YOU
   For further information:
    Office of Child Nutrition
    Division of Technical Assistance
    (601) 576-4955
    CN_Schools_helpdesk@mde.k12.ms.us
   Questions and answers
THANK YOU

				
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