Nutrition Program Bulletin - Week of July 6, 2020

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Nutrition Program Bulletin – Week of July 6, 2020

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Nationwide Waiver Extensions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently extended four nationwide waivers for use through the 2020-21 school year. For more information, please review the full text of the waivers:

Grant Opportunity: Expanded Meal Access for Minnesota Children and Adults

MDE was funded $10 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) for Minnesota nonprofits (including faith-based organizations), educational institutions (e.g., early care, K-12 school districts, higher education), tribal nations and local governmental units to provide meals to children, youth, adults without families and families experiencing increased food insecurity as a result of COVID-19. These funds will supplement existing funds in order to enhance the grantee’s capacity to meet the increased demand for meals.

The term of the grant period is September 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020. However, awards may be applied retroactively to July 1, 2020, to cover eligible expenses that meet reimbursement guidelines. The Request for Proposal can be accessed on the MDE Competitive Grant Opportunities webpage. Applications are due by July 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

View the MDE press release about this grant opportunity.

Update: Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Deadline Extended 

Application window extended through July 31, 2020!

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is offering additional funds for the families of children ages 5 to 18 who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. This new program, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), will provide $325 per child that families can use to purchase nutritious food for their household. Families with children who received free or reduced-price meals at school, and who were between the ages of 5 and 18 on Sept. 1, 2019, may qualify. Benefits are available to two groups:

  • Families receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on March 18, 2020. Benefits for these families were issued automatically and appeared on their EBT balance on May 30, 2020.
  • Families receiving free or reduced-price school meals, but not SNAP or MFIP benefits. These families need to fill out a short application for a P-EBT card. Families can apply between June 8, 2020, and July 31, 2020. If approved, families will receive a P-EBT card in the mail, which will arrive with the funds preloaded.

You can find sample outreach materials on the MDE website, including a flyer translated into Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish.

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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

July Webinars for CACFP Multi-Site Sponsors

Navigating SharePoint and CACFP Management Plans

July 8, 2020, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Register for the Navigating SharePoint and CACFP Management Plans webinar


CACFP Budgeting for Multi-Site Sponsors

July 14, 2020, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Register for the CACFP Budgeting for Multi-Site Sponsors webinar


July Webinar for CACFP Independent Sponsors on Budgets

Planning Your CACFP Budget for Independent Sponsors

July 16, 2020, 1-3 p.m.

Register for the Planning Your CACFP Budget for Independent Sponsors webinar


Upcoming Training Webinars in October

The CACFP Basic Training Webinars Part 1 and Part 2 are for child care centers, adult care centers, emergency shelters and outside school hours care centers. This webinar series targets new staff, such as center directors, food production staff and staff with CACFP responsibilities. Each session requires 30 minutes of prework that is emailed two weeks prior to the webinar.

The July webinars for the CACFP Basic Training series are full. Register now for the October sessions


New Resources: Tracking CACFP Income and Allowable Expenses

New resources to help sponsors track their CACFP income and allowable expenses are now available in three places on the MDE website: 1) CACFP for Centers Recordkeeping webpage, 2) At-Risk Afterschool Meals Food Service Operations webpage, and 3) At-Risk Afterschool Meals Applications webpage of our website.

The two new resources include:

  • Expenses: Allowable Expenses and Supporting Documentation - CACFP: This resource will help sponsors recognize and categorize allowable expenses in the CACFP and identify supporting documents required for various expenses.
  • Expense and Income Ledger: This replaces the previous "Journal Ledger." The Expense and Income Ledger can be used to track monthly CACFP expenses and income and document non-profit food service. The ledger provides monthly and year-end expense summaries. Expense categories in the ledger are the same categories available in the Cyber-Linked Interactive Child Nutrition System (CLiCS) Budget and on the new Allowable Expenses and Supporting Documentation – CACFP resource.

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School Nutrition Program (SNP)

Nationwide Waiver for Offer Versus Serve in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

The USDA FNS recently released a nationwide waiver of the offer versus serve (OVS) requirement for senior high schools for the 2020-21 school year. This waiver is intended to make it easier for high schools to serve meals in the classroom, for pickup or via home delivery. Additionally, the waiver is available for use by all Minnesota schools participating in NSLP without the need for Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) approval. For more information, please review the Nationwide Waiver to Allow OVS Flexibility for Senior High Schools in the NSLP for School Year 2020-21.


School Nutrition “Back to School” with COVID-19 Webinars

Join us for a five-part webinar series designed to get you thinking about what your food service operation will look like as you go back to school with COVID. The series will be offered on Tuesdays at 2 p.m., from July 7 through August 4, 2020. Read the session descriptions and select the links below to register for the webinars.

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Opportunities from Our Partners

Emergency Meal Distribution Equipment Grants for Minnesota

Action for Healthy Kids is providing Emergency Meal Distribution Equipment Grants to help school districts across the state distribute food safely and create grab-and-go curbside pick-up and mobile delivery.

If your school/district is currently feeding students at school or other sites, you may be eligible to receive a $1000 to $2,000 credit per site to purchase equipment through Hubert. Equipment may include coolers, insulated bags, carts, packaging and personal protection equipment.

Emergency Meal Distribution Equipment Grant applications are currently live and will be awarded weekly until all funds are awarded. Within a week of application, you will receive award notification. For more information, contact Ellen Dillon or COVID-19 Support for Schools and Families.


Farm to School Resources

Are you wondering how your school nutrition program can begin, diversify and expand purchasing from Minnesota producers? Below are farm to school-related resources.


Farm to School and Early Care Resources

The National Farm to School Network is adapting their work during the COVID-19 pandemic to support the farm to school and farm to early care and education (ECE) community in this rapidly changing and challenging environment. As part of those efforts, they have created several Farm to School and ECE resources related to COVID-19. To learn more, visit the National Farm to School Network website.

Check out the new resource released this week related to Farm to ECE: The Significance of Farm to Early Care and Education in the Context of COVID-19.


Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program 

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is overseeing the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program, which will distribute $10,000 grants to Minnesotan-owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.


Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund

The Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Minneapolis Foundation, and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation announced they will distribute $2.5 million in funding from the Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund. The grants will provide emergency support to small businesses owned by Black people, Indigenous people and people of color in areas most impacted by the unrest following the killing of George Floyd.

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