Child & Adult Care Food Program Letter
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Elizabeth Burmaster, State Superintendent
In this issue:
Revised Infant Meal Notification Letter
• Revised Infant Meal The following change will affect all agencies caring for infants under the age of one year.
Notification Letter The Infant Meal Notification Letter has been revised. Enclosed with this Newsletter are the
revised Infant Meal Notification and a memorandum regarding feeding infants. A copy of
• New Agency Training the revised Infant Meal Notification is also included as part of Guidance Memorandum
Opportunities #12C and is available to download from our website at:
http://dpi.wi.gov/fns/centermemos.html. Your agency is required to have
2007 Due Dates for parents/guardians complete the revised Infant Meal Notification for any newly enrolled
Quarterly Nonprofit infants. Please discard any blank copies of the outdated Infant Meal Notification Letter and
Food Service Reports
begin using the newly revised version. If you have any questions regarding infant meals
please contact your assigned Consultant.
• Food Allergies and
• Welcome New New Agency Training Opportunities
Agencies! The Community Nutrition Team is offering New Agency Training sessions this winter.
These sessions are intended for NEW agencies, NEW Authorized Representatives, and/or
NEW staff members who are primarily responsible for the Child and Adult Care Food
Child Care Resources Program (CACFP) administrative recordkeeping requirements. These sessions are
NOT intended for experienced staff members, cooks, or current agencies unless requested
• Personnel Directory by the DPI Consultant.
The January 10th session will be held in Milwaukee from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM with lunch
on your own. Other sessions will be planned for upcoming months, and a new registration
brochure will be sent as a separate mailing. Training content will include hands-on
examples of how to complete CACFP forms such as Household Size-Income Statements,
Look Inside: the Household Size-Income Record, the claim form, child production records, infant
production records, the Non-Profit Food Service Financial Report, and other required
Revised Infant Meal
Notification Letter and
recordkeeping forms. You may download a copy of this registration brochure from our
Memorandum website at: http://dpi.wi.gov/fns/training.html.
If a personnel change at your agency warrants attendance at one of the New Agency
Meal Time Memo - Trainings, any session across the state may be attended at the time of the staff change, or
Make Mealtimes Happy you may choose to wait and attend a session that is in an area closer to your center.
Please be aware that sessions may be cancelled at any time due to low registrations,
weather conditions, etc. A cancellation letter and/or phone call will be sent to each
agency/individual that had previously registered for the cancelled session. Also,
attendance will be limited at each session, so some registrants may not be able to attend
the requested session. To avoid this, please register early. Again, your agency will be
notified of these instances.
If you have any questions concerning the training, please contact the Community Nutrition
Programs office at (608) 267-9129.
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2007 Due Dates for Quarterly Nonprofit Food Service Reports
For Sponsoring Organizations ONLY (those with 2 or more sites on the food program):
1st Quarter (reporting period October 1, 2006 – December 31, 2006) is due March 1, 2007.
2nd Quarter (reporting period January 1, 2007 – March 31, 2007) is due June 1, 2007.
3rd Quarter (reporting period April 1, 2007 – June 30, 2007) is due September 1, 2007.
4th Quarter (reporting period July 1, 2007 – September 30, 2007) is due December 1, 2007.
Please note: The 4th quarter report for Sponsoring Organizations for the 2006 program year (July 1, 2006 – September
30, 2006) was due into our office on December 1, 2006. As of today’s date all quarterly reports for the 2006 program
year should have been submitted to DPI.
The reporting form (PI-1463-A) is available online at http://dpi.wi.gov/fns/centermemos.html, under Guidance Memo 11.
Any questions please contact Cari Ann Muggenburg at 608-264-9551 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities
Taken from, Handbook for Children with Special Food and Nutrition Needs
National Food Service Management Institute
Food allergy, also called food sensitivity, is an adverse reaction to a food that involves the immune system. The immune
system produces antibodies in response to the consumption of specific components of food, which are called allergens,
and a physiologic reaction ensues that can be fatal. Approximately 6–8% of children suffer from food allergy during their
first three years of life and about 4% of the American population is affected with food allergies. Food intolerances, such
as lactose intolerance, do not affect the immune system but may have symptoms similar to food allergy.
Common Food Allergens
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified eight major food allergens. A food allergy is caused by a reaction
to a food protein. The food industry sometimes uses these proteins to make food taste better and have longer shelf life,
which means that there are hidden allergens in many processed foods. It is important to check food labels for allergy
warnings. The terminology “major food allergen” is defined by FDA as one of the following foods or a food ingredient that
contains protein derived from one of these foods: Shellfish, Egg, Fish, Milk, Peanut, Soybeans, Tree nuts, and Wheat.
Foods that commonly contain the “Big Eight” allergens:
• Shellfish - clams, crab, crawfish (crayfish-commonly dissected in biology classes), lobster, mollusks, mussels, oysters,
scallops, snails, shrimp, seafood flavorings
• Egg - egg, egg substitutes, macaroni, mayonnaise, meringue
• Milk - butter, buttermilk, cheese, cream (including whipped), cottage cheese, custard, ice cream, sherbet, nougat
(found in many candy bars), pudding, sour cream, yogurt, ingredients containing casein, lactose, or whey on food
• Peanut - peanuts, peanut oil, ground nuts, mixed nuts, nut pieces, peanut butter, chocolate candies, candy bars, and
ice cream may contain peanuts; READ LABELS CAREFULLY!
• Soy - tofu, miso, soy sauce, tamari sauce
• Tree nut - almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hickory nuts, macadamia nuts, almond paste or extract, nougat,
nut butters, pecans, pesto, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, other nut extracts
• Wheat - bran, bread crumbs, crackers, flour (including whole wheat, enriched, all-purpose, cake, and graham flours),
gluten, granola or granola bars, macaroni, spaghetti and other pastas, soy sauce, starch, modified food starch,
hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Symptoms of Food Allergy
Wide ranges of symptoms have been reported in allergic reactions. Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms occur most frequently,
followed by symptoms involving the skin and respiratory system. Respiratory symptoms occur frequently in individuals
with peanut and tree nut allergy, while wheat allergy usually triggers GI symptoms. Especially sensitive peanut allergies
can trigger symptoms without the individual actually consuming peanuts; in these cases, simply inhaling airborne particles
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Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities, Continued from page 2
Taken from, Handbook for Children with Special Food and Nutrition Needs
National Food Service Management Institute
from nearby peanuts can trigger a severe response. Soy allergy usually triggers skin and respiratory response. An allergic
reaction can involve any combination of symptoms from any of the three categories. For most people, an allergic reaction to
a particular food is uncomfortable, but for some people, a food reaction can be frightening and even dangerous. The most
severe allergic reaction is anaphylaxis (Mayo Clinic, 2006).
Three main categories of symptoms:
• Gastrointestinal (GI) - affecting the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine
• Cutaneous - affecting the skin
• Respiratory - affecting the throat, lungs, and breathing
Anaphylaxis (anaphylactic shock) is a sudden, severe allergic reaction that involves a person’s whole body and can result in
death. Symptoms can begin anywhere from five minutes to one hour after exposure to the allergen. Individuals who have
experienced anaphylaxis have an increased chance of experiencing it again, so it is important for these individuals to carry
medicine (an injection of epinephrine) and strictly avoid the foods that cause allergic reactions. Epinephrine is a hormone
administered by injection to counteract anaphylactic shock by opening the airways and maintaining heartbeat and blood
pressure (National Institutes of Health, 2006). Anaphylactic reactions to food occur in children and adolescents, and the
failure to recognize the severity of the reactions and to administer epinephrine promptly increases the risk of a fatal
outcome (Sampson, Mendelson, & Rosen, 1992).
Signs of anaphylaxis include any or all of the above allergic symptoms as well as: confusion, rapid or weak
pulse, blue skin, slurred speech, loss of consciousness (fainting).
In the kitchen:
• Know which foods to avoid. Read food labels to identify potential allergy-causing ingredients. Request lists of foods to
avoid from the parents of children with food allergies and post these lists where they are visible.
• Keep the kitchen organized to avoid cross-contamination. Designate an area in the kitchen for preparing allergy-
free meals. Sometimes allergic reactions are triggered by cross-contamination during cooking. The use of separate
utensils during cooking, preparing, and serving of food can help to avoid cross-contamination. Cross-contamination can
occur when allergen-containing ingredients are transferred to allergy-free food by hands, food-contact surfaces, sponges,
cloth towels, and utensils.
• Clean. Thoroughly clean the surfaces and utensils involved in the preparation of foods with potentially harmful
ingredients, especially if these surfaces and utensils will also be used to prepare allergy-free meals.
For CACFP reimbursement, remember that a medical statement must be on file for any child with a restrictive diet that
excludes a required component of the CACFP meal pattern. Please refer to CACFP Guidance Memorandum 12 for
information about requirements for feeding children with special needs. For the complete handbook, please see the
following website at: http://www.nfsmi.org/Information/sp_needs_handbk.pdf
Welcome New Agencies! Happy Holidays
Berlin Community Day Care & Preschool Inc, Berlin
Calumet Medical Center Inc, Chilton
Great Expectations Early Learning Center LLC, Watertown
The Caring Community LLC Inc, Sun Prairie
Creative Children’s Learning Center LLC, Janesville
Joyful Noise Child Care, Green Bay
Beane Sprouts Child Care & Learning Center, Hudson
Waukesha County Area Technical College, Pewaukee
Division for Finance & Management The Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS)
recently unveiled a new website so Wisconsin residents
FAX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (608) 267-0363
can apply online for health & nutrition programs. The
Community Nutrition Team ACCESS website https://access.wisconsin.gov/access/ has
three easy-to-use features:
David Dees, Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (608) 267-9123
Am I Eligible? This anonymous feature allows site
Amy Kolano, RD, CD, Coordinator, Summer Food Service
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (608) 266-7124 visitors to see if someone in their household appears
eligible for FoodShare, WIC, school meals, Summer Food,
Ellen Sullivan, RD, CD Family Medicaid, tax credits and several other programs.
Team Leader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (608) 267-1070
Cari Ann Muggenburg, Auditor-Senior. (608) 264-9551 Apply For Benefits. This tool allows people to quickly
Cynthia Lawler, Office Operations Associate submit an application for FoodShare, Family Medicaid, or
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (608) 267-9129 family planning services. Required documents can be
Nicole Tierney, Office Operations Associate mailed, faxed or dropped off. Some programs
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . (608) 266-3874 (FoodShare) require an interview.
Consultants Check My Benefits. This feature allows current
Lisa Byers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (608) 266-5763 recipients of FoodShare, Family Medicaid, SeniorCare and
Kim Musiedlak, Letter Editor . . . . . . . . . (608) 264-9542 the Caretaker Supplement to check the status of their
Carol Philipps, MS, RD . . . . . . . . . . . . . (608) 266-9982
Molle Polzin, RD, CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (608) 267-9210 benefits, find out details, and report some household
Mike Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (608) 267-9130 changes to maintain coverage.
Jill Schneeberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (608) 261-6334
Gary Zarcone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (608) 267-9122 There are many ways home day care providers and child
care centers can inform parents about ACCESS:
Tell parents about the service;
Give parents ACCESS brochures or cards; You can
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction does not order free materials at:
discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, www.dhfs.wisconsin.gov/em/access/advocates.htm
national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status Include information in parent newsletters;
or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, Add a link to ACCESS from your website if you have
emotional or learning disability. one;
In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Offer a internet-ready computer where parents
Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from without computers can use it;
discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, Directly assist parents with limited computer
sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, experience to use ACCESS.
write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400
Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-
Please help by spreading the word about the information
9410 or call ((800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. available on this great new website,
Child Care Resources
Did you ever wish that you had an abundance of child care related resources at your fingertips?? Did you need
information on infant feeding, or children’s biting or activities to spice up your curriculum planning, or a video that will
enhance your staff meeting? Well, you do! The Child Care Information Center (CCIC) is a mail-order lending library and
information center serving anyone in Wisconsin working in the field of early education and care. CCIC provides free
information services, library services, and adult learning services to help Wisconsin child care professionals give the best
possible start to Wisconsin's children. CCIC is sponsored by the Child Care Section, Division of Workforce Solutions,
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and is administered by the Department of Public Instruction's
Reference and Loan Library. The library maintains a collection of 158,000 books and documents; 46,100 audiovisual
items; and 800 current journal subscriptions. The staff includes reference librarians with extensive knowledge of print,
electronic, audiovisual and interlibrary loan resources. Please check out their website, http://dpi.wi.gov/rll/ or call them
today at 1-888-542-5543, to open your door to free child care resources.