Weekly School Nutrition Newsletter


Dear Food Service Contact,

This email provides news for schools concerning the Child Nutrition Programs from the USDA and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). 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.

Direct Certification (DC) Data Updated for October

  • The DC system is now updated with current files from the Family and Social Services Administration and Department of Child Services. 
  • All sponsors are encouraged to conduct a DC download of Standard, No County, and Extended Eligibility matches as soon as possible. 
  • It is important that sponsors continue to conduct DC downloads throughout the month of October.
  • Click here to access the DC system.  
  • Questions? Contact Allie Caito-Sipe at acaito@doe.in.gov.

E-Learning Days

  • Sponsors wanting to offer and claim meals to students on E-Learning days must remember that the meal service must meet all of the "normal" meal pattern requirements.
  • This includes:
    • Full servings of all components
    • Having it accessible to all students
    • Being served and consumed at school during the normal meal service time
    • Recording at the point of sale 
  • Meals cannot be picked up, transported home, and then claimed for reimbursement, nor would this be an allowable expenditure from the food service account.
  • Questions? Contact your field specialist.

2019 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grant is NOW Accepting Applications

  • The 2019 NSLP Equipment Grant is now open!
  • This grant, funded through USDA, provides assistance to schools with helping purchase new or updated equipment for their kitchens. 
  • Equipment should promote the goals of encouraging the consumption of healthy meals, meeting the approved meal pattern, safely storing and preparing food, and energy efficiency.
  • The maximum individual grant per site will be $50,000.
  • Per USDA mandates, preference will be given to:
    • Those with a higher free and reduced percentage
    • Schools and corporations that have not previously received equipment grants
  • Please note! Food Service Operating Balances will be reviewed for excess funds (defined as over three months average operating expenses) that could fund the new equipment.
  • Schools that have submitted grants in the past, but have not been awarded funds, should consider reapplying.
  • Applications will be accepted until Friday, November 1.
  • Award recipients will be announced by February 1, 2020.
  • For more information and to access the application, click here.
  • Questions? Contact Joe Olivadoti at jolivadoti1@doe.in.gov.

Indiana School Nutrition Association (ISNA) Annual Conference Registration is LIVE! 

  • Registration for the 66th ISNA Annual Conference is now available.
  • The theme for this year's conference is "Together Towards Tomorrow: Shaping the Future!"
  • The conference will take place in French Lick from Thursday, November 14 - Saturday, November 16. 
  • There will be pre-conference courses held on Wednesday, November 13 as a part of the ISNA/IDOE School Nutrition Certificate Program.
  • Click here for more information and to register.
  • Questions? Contact Sheri Shipp at sheri@indianasna.org.

Now Available! eAuthentication and “Favorites” List on the Food Buying Guide (FBG) Mobile App

  • Users are now able to log in to the Food Buying Guide (FBG) Mobile App with an eAuthentication account.
  • Once logged in, users can create and save a “Favorites” List on the Mobile App, and then access these items on other mobile devices, as well as the FBG Web Tool.
  • The FBG Mobile App is currently available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
  • Having problems or not able to see the new login area? Check to ensure you have the most current version of the app on your mobile devices!
  • For more information on the Food Buying Guide, click here.

Grant Winning Schools in Indiana!

  • Action for Healthy Kids recently released the winners of their grants for schools. There were four categories of grants with Indiana winners in all four!
    •   Game on: BE Time Grants
      • West Noble School Corporation
    •   Game on Grants
      • Indianapolis Public Schools
      • Greater Clark County Schools 
    •   Parents for Healthy Kids Grants
      • Indianapolis Public Schools
    •   School Breakfast Grants
      • Western Wayne School District
      • School City of Hammond
      • Metropolitan School District of Pike Township
      • Greater Clark County School District
      • Mays Community Academy
      • New Castle Community School District
      • Scott County School District #2
  •  Click here for a full list of the grant winning schools. 

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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, or contact Ashley Heller at aheller@doe.in.gov, call (317) 232-0544, or toll-free at 1-800-537-1142 ext. 20544.