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.

School Wellness Policies

  • A NEW, updated course on Local Wellness Policies has been posted on the inTEAM website.
    • Watch the new course and plan a time for the wellness committee to reassess the school's policy.
  • For more information on the creation and/or enhancement of school wellness policies, visit the IDOE School Wellness Policy Page.
  • Want someone to review and provide feedback on your policy? Have questions about wellness policies? Contact Maggie Schabel at mschabel@doe.in.gov.

Food Distribution Program

Pre-Order Survey

  • The deadline to enter your USDA Food choices on the 2020 pre-order survey in the CNPweb is fast approaching.
  • In order to receive USDA Foods for the 2019- 2020 school year, recipient agencies must have the fruit, vegetables, dairy, and grains portions of the pre-order survey done by the March 8, 2019 deadline.
  • The livestock, poultry and eggs portions of the survey closes on March 15, 2019.
  • Once the survey is closed, it cannot be reopened.
  • As you complete your pre-order survey, please disregard the following statements.
    • The word “uncertified” listed under the applications tab
    • A message in red stating - You do not currently have a NSLP information sheet for Program Year 2020 in a Pending Approval or Approved status. You must complete the enrollment process for the National School Lunch Program before your FDP information sheet can be Certified and Approved.
  • SY2020 in the CNPweb is open strictly to complete the survey. Recipient Agencies will re-enroll/recertify for NSLP later in 2019.

Excess Storage Fees Update

  • Excess storage fees are incurred when a USDA food item in CNPweb listed under the inventory tab has reached the date listed in the Expire Date column.
  • In order to avoid such fees, the begin date for the delivery period must be before and cannot exceed the expire date.

Here’s how it works:


Expire Date

Delivery Period

Will we Incur Fees?

(Yes or No)

Apple Slices

February 28, 2019

March 4-8, 2019

Yes, because March 4 is after the expire date

Frozen Broccoli

March 31, 2019

March 4-8, 2019

No, because the March 4-8 delivery periods falls before the expire date.

Questions? Contact Cheryl Moore at cmoore@doe.in.gov.

Culinary Skills for A+ School Meals

  • Want to enhance your culinary skills? Looking to improve the flavor of your school meals? Want to work smarter, not harder in the kitchen?
  • Sign up for this five-day culinary skills workshop designed for school nutrition professionals (directors, managers, head cooks, and staff).
  • In the kitchen you will learn more about:
    • Culinary basics and knife skills
    • Cooking vegetables for greater appeal
    • Preparing great grains
    • Building a better sandwich
    • Success with salads and salad bars
    • And more!
  • There are multiple dates and locations across the state.
  • Spaces are limited, so find the time and location that works best for you, and sign up today!
  • Click here for a flyer with more information.
  • Click here to register.
  • Questions? Contact Cathy Powers at powers.catharine@gmail.com.

Indiana School Nutrition Association (ISNA)

ISNA Spring Regional Workshops

  • Don't forget! ISNA Spring Regional Workshops are going on now!
  • 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 and to register!
  • Questions? Contact Sheri Shipp at sheri@indianasna.org.

Certification Courses

  • ISNA, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), is offering two courses of the new ISNA/IDOE School Nutrition certification program.
  • Food Production led by Chef Kelly Waldron will take place in the morning, followed by Practical Skills for Delivering Quality Meals led by Gregg Markowski in the afternoon.
    • These courses can be taken separately or together.
  • The courses will be held at The Willows on Westfield on Friday, March 15, 2019.
  • For more information on the certification program, the courses, or to register for one or both of the courses, click here.
  • Questions? Contact Sheri Shipp at sheri@indianasna.org.

Don't forget! National School Breakfast Week

  • Don't forget! National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is NEXT week!
  • The theme this year is Start Your Engines with School Breakfast.
  • The SNA NSBW website has tools and materials you may need to get ready for this event.
    • Click here to access the SNA NSBW website.
  • No Kid Hungry is working to shine a light on the importance of ensuring kids are #PoweredByBreakfast.
    • Click here to access the No Kid Hungry NSBW Communications Kit.
  • Success stories or plans for NSBW? Contact Suzette Hartmann at shartman@doe.in.gov.

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.