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Child Nutrition Newsletters

School Meals and Food Distribution Program Updates


Program information and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policies are sent to program sponsors throughout the year in the form of email updates and OSPI bulletins. There are two ways to be signed up to receive updates from CNS.

There are two ways to be signed up to receive updates from CNS.

  1. Mandatory List: USDA requires CNS to share mandatory information to program sponsors. If you are listed as the program contact in the WINS Application you will receive weekly updates.
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2022

November

  • Week of November 28
    • Update: New Director Training Opportunity
    • Update: Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in School Meal Programs Training Tomorrow
    • Update: Report SEFA to State Auditors by Wednesday!
    • Update: Last Day to Get Your Plant Based School Meals Grant Application in is 12/6!
    • Reminder: SCA Funds Webinar Recording Available
    • Reminder: DES Master Contracts—Important Updates
    • Reminder: Online Recipe Development Training Now Available
    • FYI: New Milk Crediting Tip Sheet
    • FDP Corner: Save the Date! Pre-Order Survey Webinars
    • Important Dates to Remember
  • No newsletter for week of November 21
  • Week of November 14
    • Mark Your Calendars! No Newsletter Next Week
    • Update: October Claims Due Tomorrow
    • Update: Plant Based School Meals Grant Now Open in iGrants!
    • Update: OSPI CNS Appeals Procedures
    • Update: SCA Funds Webinar Recording Available
    • Update: Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in School Meal Programs Training on 11/29
    • Reminder: Report SEFA to State Auditors by 11/30!
    • Reminder: Verification Process Must be Complete by Tomorrow
    • Reminder: Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreements
    • Reminder: White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health-What’s Next?
    • FDP Corner: Join the FDP Team!
    • FDP Corner: Inclement Weather and Emergency Closures During SY 22–23
    • Important Dates to Remember
  • Week of November 7
    • Mark Your Calendars! No Weekly Newsletter on 11/21!
    • Update: SCA Funds Webinar This Wednesday!
    • Update: October Claims Due Tuesday, 11/15
    • Update: Verification Process Must be Complete by Next Tuesday!
    • Update: Unpaid Meal Charges & the Effective Date of Eligibility
    • Update: USDA Training on Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in School Meal Programs
    • Update: Online Recipe Development Training Now Available
    • Reminder: Don't Miss Out on a Grant Opportunity!
    • Reminder: Financial Reports Due 12/31!
    • FYI: Free Printed Materials from USDA Team Nutrition!
    • FYI: Showcase Your Meals in USDA's School Meal Trays, Many Ways Collection!
    • Highlight: Bellevue's Passport to Flavors Program
    • FDP Corner: December Order Period Closes Wednesday
    • FDP Corner: Join the FDP Team!
    • FDP Corner: Returning Shipping Pallets
    • Important Dates to Remember

October

  • Week of October 31
    • Update: Input October Building Data Information with Your October Claim
    • Update: Plant Based School Meals Grant Now Opens This Week!
    • Update: SCA Funds Webinar Next Week!
    • Update: Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreements
    • Reminder: SY 22–23 School Meal Programs Annual Requirements
    • Reminder: Report SEFA to State Auditors by 11/30!
    • FYI: Updated Whole Grain Resource for School Meal Programs
    • FYI: Successful Implementation of Culturally Inclusive School Meals Webinar
    • Highlight: Moses Lake Celebrates Local Farms for Taste WA Day!
    • FDP Corner: Returning Shipping Pallets
    • Update: USDA Foods Database Release
    • Important Dates to Remember
  • Week of October 24
    • Update: SY 22–23 School Meal Programs Annual Requirements
    • Update: White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health-What’s Next?
    • Reminder: Join us for the SCA Funds Webinar!
    • Reminder: DES Master Contracts—Important Updates
    • Reminder: Report SEFA to State Auditors by 11/30!
    • Reminder: Plant Based School Meals Grant Opening Soon!
    • FYI: Updated Whole Grain Resource for School Meal Programs
    • FYI: Crediting Milk in the Child Nutrition Programs Tip Sheet Now Available!
    • Highlight: Washougal Celebrates #NSLW22 with Local Principals and Superintendent
    • Important Dates to Remember
  • Week of October 17
    • Update: Join us for the SCA Funds Webinar!
    • Update: DES Master Contracts
    • Update: Report SEFA to State Auditors by 11/30!
    • Update: Plant Based School Meals Grant Opening Soon!
    • Update: Operating CEP Webinar Now Available!
    • Reminder: Are You on Track for Verification Requirements?
    • Reminder: Flexibility for Effective Date of Eligibility Determinations
    • Update: How Did You Celebrate NSLW?
    • FYI: Join us in Everett for Scratch Cooking Training!
    • FYI: ICN STAR Webinar—Tips and Strategies for Growing and Strengthening Farm to School Programs
    • FYI: Free Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) Opportunity!
    • FYI: Roadmap to Building Quality School Meals Resource
    • Highlight: Bellingham Culinary Arts Students Help with Recipe Development
    • Important Dates to Remember
  • Week of October 10
  • Week of October 3

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