Weekly School Nutrition Newsletter


Dear Food Service Contact,

This email provides news for schools concerning the Child Nutrition Programs from USDA and the state. If you are the food service contact for your school or corporation, it is your responsibility to relay important information provided to you about the Child Nutrition Programs to other staff members.

Summer Seamless Option (SSO) for School Breaks

  • Don't forget! Schools that plan to operating SSO during school breaks, such as spring break, must submit and have these changes approved in the CNPweb before the break begins.
  • Keep in mind, this option can only be operated if the break is 10 school days or longer.
  • For more information on SSO, click here.
  • To access the CNPweb, click here.
  • Questions? Contact Jacqueline Peczkowski at jeory@doe.in.gov.

Coffee Break Webinars for Administration

  • Please pass the following information along to your superintendent, business administrator, treasurer, or any other school administrators that may be involved with aspects of the School Nutrition Program!
  • The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is hosting Coffee Break Webinars this month, regarding food service, specifically geared for school administrators .
  • Topics include:
    • Ensuring Compliance with Special Dietary Needs
    • Indirect Costs, Allowable Costs, and Checks and Balances
    • Non-Revenue Foods, PLE Tool, and Charging Procedures
  • For more information and to register for the webinars, click here.
  • Questions? Contact Maggie Schabel at mschabel@doe.in.gov.

Food Distribution Program

President's Day Reminder

  • As a reminder, President's Day is on Monday, February 18.
  • Please plan accordingly for orders and deliveries to be made that week, even if the school is closed.
  • School staff should be available on the normal delivery day to accept, verify, and inspect the delivery.
  • If school staff cannot be present at the school site, the recipient agency (RA) will need to choose a future delivery period or the RA may be subject to a missed delivery and drop fee from their state contracted warehouse (Dilgard, McFarling, Stanz, or Wabash).
  • Please remember, it is the RA's responsibility to have school staff present for USDA Foods deliveries during school breaks, holidays, and closures. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Questions? Contact Cheryl Moore at cmoore@doe.in.gov.

Pre-Order Survey Deadline Changes

  • Due to USDA time constraints, the deadline has been changed for some items on the 2020 annual pre-order survey.
  • The new close date on the survey for fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grains has been moved to Friday, March 8.
  • The close date for livestock (beef), pork, and poultry (chicken and turkey) items remains Friday, March 15.
  • Please be sure to enter your USDA Food choices by each of these deadlines. 
  • Questions? Contact Cheryl Moore at cmoore@doe.in.gov.

inTEAM Courses

  • Don't forget about our online e-learning courses on inTEAM.
  • Earn credit toward your professional standards hours in an easy and convenient way.
  • inTEAM now has learning paths set up for schools to easily navigate to find the best courses for particular school food service positions and/or topics.
  • Click here to access the inTEAM website.
  • Click here for the inTEAM User Guide.
  • Need help? Contact inTEAM Customer Support here.

Trainings Webpage Updates

  • Have you visited the School Nutrition Program trainings webpage recently? 
  • The webpage has been updated and reorganized to help find information faster and easier.
  • Click here to access the updated webpage. 

ISNA Spring Regional Workshops 

  • Registration is now open for ISNA Spring Regional Workshops!
  • This year's topic is Managing Personalities and Conflict.
  • These trainings will help participants identify the many factors influencing the way people interact and/or respond to conflict.
  • Click here for class dates and locations.
  • Questions? Contact Sheri Shipp at sheri@indianasna.org.

Missed a Weekly School Nutrition Newsletter? Click here to access previous newsletters!

Please do not reply directly to this email. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this email, please contact Allie Caito-Sipe at acaito@doe.in.gov, call (317) 232-0849, or toll-free at 1-800-537-1142 ext. 20849. You can also contact Ashley Heller at aheller@doe.in.gov, call (317) 232-0544, or toll-free at 1-800-537-1142 ext. 20544.