Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of November 19, 2018

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Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of November 19, 2018

All Nutrition Programs

Offices Closed

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, November 22-23, 2018.

Thanksgiving Holiday Payment Processing for the Week of November 19, 2018

Child Nutrition Program payments for claims submitted between November 12-16 will be issued and/or deposited on Wednesday, November 21. Any claims submitted between November 19-23 will be processed on Friday, November 23, and paid per the usual schedule.

If you have any questions about this information, please call 651-582-8562, or 1-800-366-8922 (MN Toll-free), or email

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School Nutrition Programs

Grant Opportunity: National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance

Due: December 20, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is accepting applications for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Grant. This grant provides funding for School Food Authorities (SFAs) to purchase new equipment to assist in serving healthier meals which meet the updated NSLP meal pattern requirements. Other key details about the grant:

  • Applicants may apply for only one piece of equipment costing between $3,000 and $25,000.
  • Priority will be given to SFAs with 50 percent or more enrolled students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals as of October 1, 2018.
  • Priority will also be given to SFAs whose food service equipment is essential/critical to operations and is older than 20 years.
  • The grant period will be March 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019.

The full grant opportunity instructions and application are available at MDE’s Grant Opportunity Site. Select “All Open Grant Opportunities” in the left sidebar, then scroll down and select “Competitive – Federal – National School Lunch Equipment Grant” at the bottom of the page.

For any technical questions or issues with the application process, please contact Timothy Larson (651-582-8451).

For any questions about this specific grant, please contact Kala Constant by December 11, 2018, 4 p.m., CST.


Reminder: Verification Reporting due by December 3, 2018

Get your verification report in early! Results of verification must be submitted in the Cyber-Linked Interactive Child Nutrition System (CLiCS) by Monday, December 3, 2018. Complete your verification report now to allow enough time to correct any errors in the process.

Prior to completing a new verification report in CLiCS, print a blank copy of the report and gather the required information. The average time to complete the verification report is 20-30 minutes if all information is available. A Verification Reporting User Guide and Quick Reference Guide are available on the Minnesota Department of Education website for your reference.

For any questions about the verification process or reporting, contact our office at 651-582-8526 or 1-800-366-8922.


Upcoming School Nutrition Program Training Opportunities

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

Tuesdays @ 2 Webinars

  • Resource Management for Non-Public Schools (November 20, 2018, at 2 p.m.)
  • Administrative Review Overview (November 27, 2018, at 2 p.m.)
  • Receiving Grant Funding – You Can Do It! (December 4, 2018, at 2 p.m.)

Access further information and registration for Tuesdays @ 2 webinars.

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