School Nutrition Weekly Newsletter

February 6, 2020

Updates and Reminders

Comment Period for Proposed Changes to the School Nutrition Programs

  • USDA is now accepting comments on the proposed regulation changes for the school nutrition programs - Proposed Rules: Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements in the NSLP and SBP.
  • Proposed changes include:
  • Flexibility in the vegetable subgroup requirements;
  • Adjusting fruit servings at breakfast based on serving method;
  • Extending the amount of time an entree is exempt through a la carte sales;
  • And more!
  • Sponsors are encouraged to comment on how they feel these changes and the others included in the federal register would affect their programs.
  • The comment period closes on Monday, March 23.
  • Click here to review the information in the Federal Register.
  • Click here for a fact sheet about the proposed changes.
  • Click here to comment on the proposed rules.

Food Service Employee Award


  • The nomination form for the Food Service Employee of the Year Award is now available!

  • Schools are encouraged to help IDOE recognize school food service employees who contribute significantly to the health and learning capabilities of students.

  • This award was created to recognize the outstanding achievements of school food service employees who excel in the areas of customer service, attitude, professionalism, and teamwork.

  • Click here to access the nomination form.

  • Nominations are due Friday, February 21.

  • Questions? Contact Suzette Hartmann at shartman@doe.in.gov.

Reminder About Adult Meal Sales

  • Reminder! All sponsors must report their adult meal sales on their claims.
  • Regardless of the method or how much adults pay for their meals, if a sponsor serves adult meals to teachers and/or other staff, these must be reported on the sponsor's monthly claim.
  • Questions? Contact your field specialist.

National Nutrition Month

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month throughout March.
  • The theme this year is Eat Right, Bite by Bite.
  • The campaign promotes that every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step in the right direction.

  • Most importantly, Eat Right, Bite by Bite is fun, positive, kid-friendly, inclusive of and adaptable for all eating patterns and cultures, and accessible and easy to understand.

  • Learn more and find resources here.

Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program

  • Have you ever wondered what exactly Purdue Extension’s Nutrition Education Program (NEP) does?
  • NEP's five focus areas are nutrition, physical activity, food security, food safety, and food resource management.
  • They work with community partners on making healthy choices more accessible for SNAP-eligible individuals in limited resource communities.
  • NEP does this through a mix of direct education and policy, system, and environmental (PSE) change.
  • Currently, NEP is working with schools on projects ranging from exciting, in-class education that includes food demos and healthy snacks for the children, to school-wide wellness policies that create healthy environments for the whole school community.
  • NEP can work with schools on learning/sharing gardens, breakfast after the bell, physical activity initiatives, food rescue, farm-to-school programs, and much more!
  • Through school assessments and feedback, NEP will help pinpoint areas for improvement and work with you to make your dreams for your schools a reality.
  • The Nutrition Education Program currently exists in counties all across the state of Indiana, and all services are completely free!
  • Questions? Contact your local Purdue Extension office to find out more. You can find who your local contact is here.
  • You can also visit eatgathergo.org for free recipes, videos, and more!

Upcoming Trainings

Save the Date! ISNA Spring Regional Workshops

  • ISNA Regional Workshops will be here before you know it!
  • The theme this year is Focus on the Customer.
  • These workshops will be from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. in various locations across the state.
  • Lessons covered during this year's workshops include:
  • Building a Customer-Focused School Nutrition Program
  • Knowing the Customer
  • Customer Service is Key
  • Responsibility for Customer Service
  • Rate Your Customer Service
  • Achieve Customer Satisfaction
  • Registration will be available soon.
  • Click here for more information.

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding this newsletter, please contact Allie Caito-Sipe at acaito@doe.in.gov, call (317) 232-0849, or toll-free at 1-800-537-1142 ext. 20849, or contact Ashley Heller at aheller@doe.in.gov, call (317) 232-0544, or toll-free at 1-800-537-1142 ext. 20544.


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