Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of June 17, 2019

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June 17, 2019

Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of June 17, 2019

Each section contains updates relevant to those nutrition programs. You can jump to the section you're interested in by clicking the link.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Upcoming CACFP Trainings

Ounce Equivalents Live Webinar – June 17

This live webinar provides tools, resources and information to correctly modify your food program documents and to train staff regarding ounce equivalents. This training will be helpful to all CACFP sponsors.

CACFP Infant Meal Pattern Webinar – July 17

This live webinar provides sponsors information about the Infant Meal Pattern and how to credit offered infant meals and snacks. This training applies to childcare centers and multi-site sponsors with infant rooms. 

Feeding Infants in the CACFP Webinar – August 7

This live webinar provides sponsors with documentation tools to meet CACFP requirements and with resources to have effective conversations with staff and parents about infant feeding. This training applies to childcare centers and multi-site sponsors with infant rooms.

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School Nutrition Program

Online School Nutrition Training Available

Three online modules for school nutrition training are available on the Minnesota Department of Education's Training: Essentials for School Nutrition web page.  Each module contains 5-7 lessons with a video, practice activity and knowledge check. The modules are great for bringing new staff up to speed on program requirements or for a refresher for current staff. Completion of the module lessons can be used to meet professional standards training requirements for school nutrition.

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New Site? New Address? New staff? Update Your School Nutrition Application Now!

If your school has added a site or moved a site to a new location, please update your information in CLiCS and notify the MDE child nutrition staff.

If your school added a site, you must complete the Site Identification Number Request Form and email it to You must also update your school nutrition application in the Cyber-Linked Interactive Child Nutrition System (CLiCS) to reflect the change. 

If a site has moved and has a new physical address, please email with the old and new address information. 

If you will be hiring new staff that will need access to CLiCS for school nutrition reporting, or have staff that have had access to CLiCS but are no longer with your school, please update your CLiCS user information by completing the CLiCS User ID/Password Request Form and emailing it to

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Direct Certification for School Year (SY) 2019-20

As a reminder, the first direct certification file for SY 2019-20 will be generated in July 2019. The CLiCs notification sent in June 2019 is for SY 2018-19 and must not be used to directly certify students for SY 2019-20.

Notifications are sent throughout the year to the CLiCs contact with the direct certification module access. Please forward this message to the person responsible for direct certification in your district.

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Opportunities from Our Partners

Farm to School Census – Coming September 2019

The third Farm to School census will launch this September! The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) uses census data to develop new resources, tools, and policies that help strengthen and grow Farm to School programs nationwide. Please take time to complete it. Learn more at the USDA Farm to School Census page.


Every Kid Healthy Minnesota Conference

This biennial conference is hosted by Minnesota Action for Healthy Kids and will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. Formerly known as the Healthy Schools Conference, the Every Kid Healthy Minnesota Conference will still support schools as well as other organizations and individuals who want to help make every kid in Minnesota healthy, active, and ready to learn. Register now for the Every Kid Healthy Minnesota Conference.

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