Nutritional Program Updates for the Week of March 5, 2018

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Nutritional Program Updates for the Week of March 5, 2018

School Nutrition Program Updates

HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Award Program

Effective July 1, 2018, as part of USDA’s commitment to ensure that all our programs are delivered efficiently and effectively, and to avoid duplicating the efforts of the private sector, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service will no longer be accepting applications for the HUSSC Award Program. Any applications submitted to state agencies prior to June 30, 2018 will be reviewed for approval. The USDA National Office will announce the final set of awards by December 31, 2018.

USDA will host a HUSSC webinar on March 13, 2018, to provide additional guidance to help schools successfully receive awards prior to the program’s completion.

Register for the HUSSC Award Program webinar.


Tuesdays@2 Webinars

A variety of topics will be offered during this year’s Tuesdays@2 webinar series. All webinars begin at 2 p.m. and will be 30-60 minutes in length, unless otherwise noted. Registration and session information will be posted on the Training: School Nutrition Programs webpage.


Upcoming Webinars 

March 13 – Meal Charge Policies

All School Food Authorities (SFA) are required to have a written meal charge policy. An SFA may have a consistent policy for all students in the school district or choose to apply the policy differently based on student grade level. This session will review the requirement for a meal charge policy and highlight resources available to assist you in meeting this requirement.

Registration – Meal Charge Policies


March 20 – Responding to an Administrative Review Corrective Action

Your administrative review is complete. There are a few “Findings” you need to respond to. This session will provide some best practice suggestions for responding to administrative review findings.

Registration – Responding to an Administrative Review Corrective Action


March 27 – Using the Food Buying Guide

If you haven’t pulled your Food Buying Guide off the shelf recently, this is the session for you. This session will provide an overview of the Food Buying Guide and how to use it to determine creditable portions for school meals.

Registration – Using the Food Buying Guide


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