Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of November 5, 2018

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Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of November 5, 2018

Child and Adult Care Food Programs

All training opportunities are listed on the Child and Adult Care Food Program’s training webpage.

CACFP Basic Training

  • December 4, 2018 (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) – Bemidji 
  • February 13, 2019 (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) – Rochester
  • April 17, 2019 (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) – Duluth

Access further information and registration for CACFP Basic Training

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School Nutrition Programs

Upcoming School Nutrition Program Training Opportunities

All training opportunities are listed on the School Nutrition's Training and Professional Standards webpage.

Tuesdays @ 2 Webinars

  • Verification Reporting (November 6, 2018, at 2 p.m.)
  • Resource Management for Public Schools (November 13, 2018, at 2 p.m.)

Access further information and registration for Tuesdays @ 2 webinars.

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Summer Food Service Program

Summer Food Service Program (
SFSP) Waivers

The USDA Office of Inspector General recently found that USDA provided waivers from SFSP requirements on a national level, which according to law may be waived only upon request from a state agency. The affected SFSP waivers will be canceled effective October 11, 2018. MDE will request that USDA re-approve the SFSP waivers for Minnesota before the 2019 summer program begins. SFSP sponsors do not need to individually request the waivers.

View USDA Memorandum Rescinding Earlier Waivers

MDE will request that the following SFSP requirements be waived for Minnesota:

  • The requirement that only school food authorities may use Offer vs. Serve (OVS) in SFSP.
  • The requirement that school meal pattern rules must be followed when using OVS.
  • The requirement that all SFSP sites receive first-week site visits. SFSP sites that operated the program successfully in the previous summer and have no serious deficiency findings would be exempt from this requirement.
  • The regulatory limitations on meal service times. Flexibilities would be allowed.
  • The requirement that all closed enrolled sites, even if located in an eligible area, must qualify for SFSP based on the income eligibility of children attending the site.

Updates on the waiver request will be included in a future listserv message. If you have any questions about the waivers, please contact us at 651-582-8526 or at  

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Opportunities from Our Partners

Upcoming CACFP Training Opportunities

CACFP Thirty on Thursdays Webinar Series

USDA Team Nutrition hosts a free monthly webinar series that covers a variety of topics related to the CACFP Meal Pattern requirements. Information on upcoming and previously recorded webinars is posted on the USDA CACFP Halftime website

The next webinar is on November 15, 2018 (Grain-Based Desserts in the CACFP)

Some recorded webinars may be helpful for training infant room staff.

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