School Nutrition Newsletter

May 6, 2020

COVID-19 Information and Updates

  • The COVID-19 Newsletter page continues to be updated.
  • Updates this week include:
  • Webinars -No Kid Hungry Webinar on Menu Planning and SNA Webinar on Sourcing and Serving Fresh Produce.
  • Milk Servings Conversion Chart
  • Important! Social Distancing Information
  • Civil Rights Nondiscrimination Statement
  • New School Nutrition Association Article and Video Series

IDOE Wants Your Feedback!

  • IDOE is conducting an end of the year survey covering USDA Foods, training preferences, and other topics as we begin to plan for next school year.
  • Your feedback is appreciated!
  • Click here to access the survey.

Annual Financial Report (AFR) 2020

  • SFAs that are done operating for the year are now able to start entering their AFR in the CNPweb under Program Year 2020.

  • This report must reflect school financial records for the Non-Profit School Food Service Account for program year 2019-2020.

  • You can find instructions on how to complete the AFR here and how to fix common errors here.

  • Not the person that completes the AFR online? Make sure to pass this information along to the person who will be completing it.

  • Questions? Contact SCNFinance@doe.in.gov.

CEP Information

  • Please be aware that there are updates to the CEP application process for SY 2020-2020.

  • CEP data may include all DC free students eligible PY 2019-2020, including new students eligible for DC between April 1 and June 30. Collect this information, but do not send it via email. Applications only ask for numbers, not names.

  • Reminder CEP cycles starting SY 2016-2017 will expire at the conclusion of SY 2019-2020 and schools will be required to reapply to remain on CEP.

  • For more information about CEP please visit the Community Eligibility Provision web page or contact your field specialist.

IDOE Online Training Opportunities

  • IDOE has you covered with online training options and resources!
  • IDOE will be conducting their May webinar series starting May 19. These are quick 30-minute webinars on a variety of topics. You can register for those here.
  • IDOE also has inTEAM, an online training platform, with a wide variety of Indiana-specific courses that are available 24/7. Schools are permitted to share their login information to allow others to take the courses on the website.
  • View other training suggestions and options for each job type on IDOE's Training Page.
  • Questions about trainings? Contact SCNTrainings@doe.in.gov.

Reminder! CNPweb Revisions

  • Sponsors need to ensure their CNPweb applications, whether operating NSLP, SSO, or SFSP, are updated.
  • If no longer operating NSLP or SBP due to COVID-19, sponsors should revise all site sheets to show that they are not operating.
  • If meal service information has changed such as the type of meals or times, please update site sheets accordingly.
  • Questions? Contact your field specialist.

ServSafe Courses for Free

  • ServSafe is offering their food safety courses online for FREE until May 31.
  • You do not need to complete the free offer by the offer end date, you only need to add it to your ServSafe account by Sunday, May 31 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. You will then have one year to use the course from the date it was added to your profile.
  • Click here for more details and to access the courses.

PLE Tool Reminder

  • The PLE Tool for SY 2020 - 2021 is now available.
  • Each sponsor currently charging a weighted average price less than $3.09 for paid lunches will need to use the PLE Tool to determine the amount to increase their paid lunch prices for SY 2020-2021.You will be required to submit the completed tool as part of your renewal documents for SY 2020-2021 to SCNFinance@doe.in.gov.
  • The PLE Tool is located on IDOE's Pricing Guidance Webpage under Paid Lunch Equity (PLE). The webpage also includes step-by-step instructions for completing the tool.
  • Click here for more information in last week's newsletter.
  • Questions? Contact SCNFinance@doe.in.gov.

May is #ThankAHungerHero Month

Throughout the month of May No Kid Hungry Indiana will be saying a big “thank you” to everyone who has helped ensure kids are healthy and nourished during the coronavirus pandemic, including school nutrition staff and other frontline workers making sure kids are getting meals while schools are closed, those who have helped raise awareness and funds to respond to this pandemic, and the leaders and champions advocating for policy solutions that help families weather this crisis.


There are many opportunities for partners to participate, including:

  1. SOCIAL: Use language and graphics in the #ThankAHungerHero Social Media Toolkit to say “thank you” to the hunger heroes in your state or local community. You can also use this customizable Canva template to turn your own photos into thank you graphics!
  2. BLOG POSTS: Say thank you to local hunger heroes by lifting them up on your blog. Consider a weekly post highlighting grantees and partners in different regions or a “Q & A with a hunger hero” post sharing a brief interview with a hunger hero.
  3. NEWSLETTERS: Dedicate your May newsletter to thanking hunger heroes and encouraging others to do the same.
  4. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Submit short letters to the editor to local newspapers thanking school nutrition staff and other front-line workers in each region.
  5. NOMINATIONS: In response to coronavirus closures across Indiana, we’ve expanded our Indiana Breakfast Hero contest to encompass all hunger heroes. Who in your community has helped to ensure kids are healthy and nourished during the pandemic? Complete this nomination form to enter your hero to be recognized across the state and win a prize package!
  6. ELECTED OFFICIALS: Ask elected officials (governor/first spouse, legislators, mayors, etc.) to record a video, post a thank you on social media, or include a blurb in their constituent newsletter thanking their local hunger heroes.
  7. STATE/LOCAL PARTNERS: Share language and graphics with state education associations and local partners to include in their newsletter and on social media.
  8. INFLUENCERS : Ask influencers like athletes, local media personalities etc. to record a thank you video or share a post on social media.


Questions? Contact Tarrah Westercamp.

Indiana Department of Education - School and Community Nutrition

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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