Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of August 13, 2018

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Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of August 13, 2018

All Programs

Federal Procurement Thresholds Raised Reminder

Effective immediately, federal thresholds (maximum amounts) for micro-purchases and small purchases have been raised for all recipients of federal funds. Threshold amounts will be updated in the federal regulations at a later date.

  • Micro-Purchases: The federal threshold for micro-purchases increased from $3500 to $10,000. Purchases that do not exceed $10,000 may now be made by using the micro-purchase method as described in 2 CFR 200.67. Micro-purchases do not require competitive quotes, but should be distributed equitably among qualified sources.
  • Small Purchases: The federal threshold for small purchases (also referred to as “obtaining quotes” or “simplified acquisition”) increased from $150,000 to $250,000. Small purchase procedures (quotes) may now be used for purchases up to $250,000 as described in 2 CFR 200.88 for the “simplified acquisition method.” However, state law continues to limit the use of small purchase procedures by public schools to a threshold of $100,000.

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Child and Adult Care Food Program

2018-2019 Child and Adult Care Food Program Application Renewal Reminder

Program year 2018-2019 renewal applications are available to submit online in Cyber-Linked Interactive Child Nutrition System (CLiCS) on or before September 7, 2018. Access CLiCS and select “Child Nutrition Programs” to renew your CACFP application. Application Renewal Instructions are on the Minnesota Department of Education website.


New Special Diet Statement Form

Special Diet Statement Form for participants who are considered to have a disability that restricts their diet.

The USDA requires the meal pattern be met at all times unless there is a disability for a child that restricts their diet. Whenever there is a special diet accommodation, there must be documentation on file. This new special diet form may be used for adult and child day care centers (including at-risk afterschool care centers and emergency shelters) and family day care homes.

New Training Videos with Handouts Now Available

Visit the MDE CACFP Meal Pattern webpage.

Watch the videos and use them to train your CACFP staff:

  • Infant Meal Pattern (15 minutes)
  • Meat and Meat Alternate Component (19 minutes)
  • Milk Component (17 minutes)
  • Vegetable Component and Fruit Component (21 minutes)

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Opportunities from Our Partners

USDA hosted: Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) 30-Minute Webinars on Thursdays

August 16, 2018:  How to Support Breastfeeding in the CACFP

Presented as part of USDA Team Nutrition’s free monthly webinar series called CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays, this interactive webinar will focus on how breastmilk can credit towards reimbursable meals and snacks and best practices, and ways to communicate with families will also be discussed. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to submit questions and check their knowledge through interactive polling. Certification of participation will be provided, and continuing education credits are available.

Register for the English webinar on August 16 (1-1:30 p.m. CST)

Register for the Spanish webinar on August 16 (2-2:30 p.m. CST)   

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