School Meals and Food Distribution Programs Updates for the Week of 1/6/20

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School Meals and Food Distribution Programs Updates for the Week of 1/6/20

Update: USDA NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant Update

There's still time to submit your USDA Equipment Assistance Grant!

The grant application deadline has been extended through Tuesday, January 21, 2020. 

This competitive grant application is available in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction iGrants system.


This grant is for equipment that meets the USDA definition of capital expenditure $5,000 or more. This means that local education agencies should submit a grant application if the cost of the individual piece of equipment is $5,000 or more. A grant application will be considered for a piece of equipment less than $5,000 only when the local education agency threshold for capitalization is less than $5,000 and supported by an LEA policy. 

Questions? Please email Wendy Barkley or Jeff Booth.

Reminder: New Child Nutrition Programs Permanent Agreement Coming Soon

We will be releasing the new Child Nutrition Programs Permanent Agreement in January 2020.

All sponsors participating in Child Nutrition Programs will need to sign the new agreement.

School Meal Programs including the NSLP, SBP, FFVP, will go through the process first. Please keep an eye out for more information over the next couple of weeks.

Questions? Please email Amber Lopez or call 360-725-6208.

Reminder: Submit Your February FDP Orders This Week

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February orders opened Thursday, January 2, and will close Wednesday, January 8 at 4pm.

Surplus orders will open Thursday, January 9 at 1pm for groups 1 - 3, and 2pm for all other groups. Surplus closes Friday, January 10 at 4pm.


The Ordering and Receiving webpage has multiple resources to assist you in placing your ordering including; instructions, order and distribution schedule.

Questions? Please email the Food Distribution Office or call 360-725-6204.

Reminder: You Can Attend MPNA Training on 1/17! There Are Still Spots Open!

Thank you to those who attended the PrimeroEdge Menu Planning Nutrient Analysis (MPNA) software training over this past year! We are looking forward to continuing to offer this software, and training, at no cost to districts.

The MPNA software is USDA-approved for nutrient analysis to meet the school meal program requirements and will help you manage ingredients, create recipes, create cycle menus, and more! 

Get Started in 2020!

Over the next year we have several in-person trainings located across the state and would like to invite you to participate in whichever training works best for you.

  • January 17, 2020       Bremerton, WA  |  ESD 114
  • February 21, 2020     Everett, WA  |  Sno Isle Tech
  • March 26, 2020         Renton WA  |  Renton School District
  • April 24, 2020            Longview, WA   |  Lower Columbia College
  • May 2020                  Yakima, WA  |  TBD

Training registration is required before access can be provided to the software.

To see how this software works, or to sign-up for an upcoming training, please visit our PrimeroEdge MPNA software website

FYI: Upcoming Webinar on Budget-Friendly Marketing Techniques to Boost Breakfast and Lunch Participation

Need help marketing your school breakfast and lunch programs, but don’t want to break the bank? Watch this webinar to get some tried and true marketing ideas to help increase your program participation.

Date: January 14, 2020

Time: 11:00am – 11:30am PST

Register now

Important Dates to Remember

January 1-15 Submit December Claims in WINS
January 2-8
Place Your USDA Foods Orders!
January 9-10
USDA Foods Surplus Ordering is Open!
January 21
Breakfast Meal for Kids Grant Application Due
January 21
NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant Application Due
February 1 Annual Storage Facility Self-Evaluation Due - Keep On File
February 1 Onsite Reviews Due - Keep On File
February 1 VSR Due - Review the VSR Update Webinar Here