Nutrition Program Bulletin - Week of July 27, 2020

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Nutrition Program Bulletin – Week of July 27, 2020

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

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Face Masks Mandatory for Food Service Employees

Governor Walz recently signed Executive Order 20-81 which states that beginning on Friday, July 24, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., Minnesotans must wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings. For school, day care and other child nutrition program institutions, this means that all students, staff, and other people present in day care centers, school buildings, district offices or riding on school transportation vehicles are required to wear a face covering. Face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer does not know they are infected. There are some exceptions and instances where flexibility is given. Please read more about face mask requirements in the MDH Fall Planning Guidance. The last page of the MDH Fall Planning Guidance has a variety of web links to resources about face coverings and face shields for staff, students and families.

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School Nutrition Programs

Website Change

We heard from you that the Sponsor-to-State Connection title on our website was a confusing name. As a result, we changed it to Sponsor Claims, Program Applications and Reviews. None of the content changed, but we hope this makes it more clear what information can be found in this section of the website. 

School Nutrition Sponsor to State Connection name change

Upcoming School Nutrition Program Training Opportunities

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


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

Join us for the final webinar in our series designed to get you thinking about what your food service operation will look like as you go back to school with COVID. Read the session descriptions and select the link below to register for the final webinar on Tuesday, August 4, at 2 p.m.

Tuesdays @ 2 Webinars 

Join school nutrition staff for a training webinar every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Read session descriptions and register for Tuesdays @ 2 webinars. 

  • Approving Income Applications for Educational Benefits (August 11, 2020)
  • Uploading Enrollment for Direct Certification (August 18, 2020)
  • Approving Case Number and Foster Applications (August 25, 2020) 

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Opportunities from Our Partners

Statewide Health Improvement Partnership Funding Opportunity for Schools 

As districts and schools plan for the coming year, the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) is a resource to support healthy eating during the COVID pandemic. SHIP supports community-driven solutions to expand opportunities for active living, healthy eating and commercial tobacco-free living. Specific to schools, SHIP works on policy, systems, and environmental changes that include food and beverage marketing. Overall, SHIP can provide partnerships, expertise, and funding to increase student and staff access to healthy food. 

To stay connect with SHIP and other funding opportunities, sign up for the Making it Better Log. To learn more about SHIP partnership opportunities, contact your local public health office/local SHIP Coordinator.  

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