Summer Food Service Program Updates - June 2019

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June 3, 2019

Summer Food Service Program Updates – June 2019

Training Opportunities

Visit the SFSP Training webpage to view the following online training courses.

  • Now Available! Menu Building Basics – Utilizing Child Nutrition (CN) Labels and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Recipes to Build a Cycle Menu (one hour)
  • Now Available! SFSP Meal Planning for Summer Success! (one hour)
  • Civil Rights (45 minutes)
  • The SFSP Basics (also known as MDE – 100) includes 19 interactive courses, each about 10-15 minutes long.
  • The SFSP Refresher (also known as MDE – 170) includes three short courses, one of which is a shortened version of the Civil Rights course. (one hour)

Visit the Institute of Child Nutrition’s e-Learning portal to view Food Safety in Summer Meals, a new online course from the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN)!  This free, one-hour course contains three lessons that promote key food safety practices essential to a successful SFSP site.

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Help Promote Open SFSP Sites to the Public

  • Help promote the following resources, which households can use to locate open SFSP sites throughout Minnesota. These resources rely on information from CLiCS, so please keep CLiCS applications up to date to ensure accurate information is shared with the public.
    • Download the mobile phone app from the Summer Eats Minnesota website.
    • Call the 2-1-1 Hotline or from cell phones – Twin Cities Metro Area: 651-291-0211, Greater Minnesota: 800-543-7709, TTY: 651-291-8440.
    • Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-877-8-HAMBRE, available from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Central Time.
    • Text "Summer Meals" to 97779. Spanish speakers, text "Verano" to 97779.

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Off-Site Field Trip Meals

Meals taken off-site on field trips can be claimed for reimbursement if notice is provided to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) by 8 a.m. the morning of the field trip. Report field trips.

Mark Your Calendar – Schedule Site Visits and Reviews

Program monitoring is an essential part of a successful Summer Food Service Program. Sponsors must monitor their summer food sites regularly to ensure the programs meet requirements and operate smoothly. The minimum requirements for sponsors’ monitoring visits to SFSP sites are described below.

Monitoring Visit Requirements for New SFSP Sites (sites that did not provide SFSP meals last summer) and sites that had operational challenges in the prior year:

  • One monitoring visit conducted before the site begins operating, during which the Pre-Operational Visit form should be completed.
  • One monitoring visit conducted in the first week of program operation, during which the Site Visit form should be completed.

Monitoring Visit Requirements for All SFSP sites (new and returning):

Remember to also complete the Racial/Ethnic Data form for each site. For camps, complete one form for each session.

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School Food Authorities (SFAs) – Submit a Request for Health Inspection Funds

  • SFAs can request reimbursement for the cost of the second health inspection conducted at schools that are approved to participate in SFSP during the current year.
  • Requests must be submitted by September 1, 2019.
  • For additional information, and to request reimbursement, check out the Reimbursement for Health Inspection Funds form.

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Save the Date: Farm to Summer Week in Minnesota is July 15-18!