School Nutrition Weekly Newsletter

February 13, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day from the SCN Staff!

Updates and Reminders

IDOE Needs Your Feedback!

  • IDOE is currently in the process of applying for the FY 2020 USDA Team Training Grant, which focuses on school meal recipe development.
  • If funded, Indiana will build State capacity and sustainable infrastructure to develop, standardize, prepare, test, and menu recipes for the School Meal Programs.
  • This is where you come in! IDOE needs your help to gather state-specific data for the grant research.
  • Click here to complete this short survey.
  • Questions? Contact Maggie Schabel at mschabel@doe.in.gov.

National School Breakfast Week

  • IDOE is excited to be partnering with No Kid Hungry (NKH) and the American Dairy Association Indiana (ADAI) to celebrate National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)!
  • NSBW is March 2-6, and the theme this year is School Breakfast: Out of this World.
  • Make sure to keep an eye out for more details on how IDOE, NKH, and ADAI will be promoting school involvement in NSBW to make it a blast!
  • Click here to view Team Nutrition's NSBW materials as well, including MyPlate Blast Off game, Launch Your Day with Breakfast event details, and other fun and interactive actitivies for every grade!
  • Click here to view's SNA's NSBW materials, including a NSBW toolkit, marketing and PR resources, and more!

Nutrition News Bites Webinar

  • Don't forget! The next Nutrition News Bites Webinar will be Wednesday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Make sure to join IDOE as we go over updates, reminders, news, and important due dates.
  • Also, as a reminder, IDOE will answer live questions at the end of the webinar as well.
  • Click here to register.

Reminder! inTEAM Regional Course Completion Challenge


  • Don't forget to participate in the inTEAM Regional Course Completion Challenge!
  • The region with the highest number of staff completing courses in the month of February will get recognized by IDOE and the Indiana School Nutrition Association (ISNA). Click here to see your region (you do not need to be an ISNA member to participate).
  • School districts will submit the number of staff completing inTEAM courses for the month of February to the course completion sheet here.
  • Feel free to fill out the form after each training or wait and submit the form at the end of the month with a total of all the training sessions viewed for the whole district by Friday, March 6.
  • Click here to access inTEAM and here for a flyer with more information on inTEAM, including courses available.
  • Click here for a tutorial on how to use inTEAM.
  • Questions? Contact Sarah Kenworthy at skenworthy@doe.in.gov.

Ready, Set, Apply for a School Grant!

  • Do your students get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily? Are they learning about and eating nutritious foods at school? Do they have time to take breaks, practice mindfulness, and explore their imaginations?

  • If your school could use more opportunities to engage kids in healthy behaviors, then check out Action for Healthy Kids' 2020-2021 school grants!
  • Between now and April 3, schools can apply for a grant to improve kids' health and well-being, which helps them learn, succeed, and thrive.
  • Read more about the grants, including Game On grants for physical activity and/or nutrition initiatives, and download resources to help you with your application here.
  • Check back throughout the month of February for additional grant opportunities to be added.
  • Need inspiration for what a grant could bring to your school? See what other schools like yours have been doing.
  • Questions? Contact Action For Healthy Kids at contactus@actionforhealthykids.org.

2020 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Sites

  • IDOE is recruiting eligible schools for the 2020 Summer Food Service Program.

  • SFSP is designed to fill the nutritional gap during extended school breaks and summer months when school is out of session and food insecurity is often at the highest level.

  • The two primary ways to qualify for the SFSP sponsorship is by using the local school’s free and reduced meals’ eligibility data or the US Census block information.

  • The main sponsorship duties include participation at the State Agency Training, locating and staffing the eligible sites, preparing the meals, monitoring the meal service sites and preparing the claims for reimbursement.

  • There is a streamlined SFSP application process for current child nutrition sponsors.

  • Questions? Want more information to apply as a SFSP sponsor? Contact Tina Skinner, SFSP Specialist at tskinner@doe.in.gov or fill out the Potential New SFSP Sponsor Survey.

Professional Standards Update

  • IDOE's Professional Standards Q&A has been updated per USDA's most recent professional standards update.
  • Click here to access the updated Q&A.
  • Reminder! All food service directors (FSDs) are required to hold an up-to-date food safety certification.
  • This means that FSDs must renew their food safety certification every five years.
  • Click here to access IDOE's Professional Standards Webpage for more information and resources.
  • Questions? Contact Maggie Schabel at mschabel@doe.in.gov.

Food Distribution Program Updates

Pre-Order Survey


  • THE COUNT DOWN IS ON!
  • There is just a little over two weeks to complete your school’s annual pre-order survey.
  • The survey closes at 4 p.m. EST on Friday, February 28.
  • Please be sure that your school has entered its USDA Foods choices into the CNPweb under the Food Distribution Program (green puzzle piece).
  • For this survey, all previous entries have been zeroed out and last year’s survey did not rollover.
  • Schools must make new selections for both end products (brown box) and raw pounds products (processor) by the deadline.
  • Once the survey closes it CANNOT be reopened.
  • Questions? Contact Cheryl Moore at cmoore@doe.in.gov.

Processor Updates

  • As a reminder, Lamb Weston has exited the food distribution program as a processor.
  • All bulk white potato and sweet potato pounds with Lamb Weston must be zero by Sunday, May 31.
  • Tyson Foods is no longer processing peanut butter 100397. These items will not be listed on the School Year (SY) 2021 survey.
  • Questions? Contact Cheryl Moore at cmoore@doe.in.gov.

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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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