The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)-Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is offering an Essentials for School Nutrition training series. This training series is designed specifically for charter schools, private schools, new schools just joining the National School Lunch Program or new employees of charter/private schools; however, any School Nutrition Program sponsor is welcome. Each session is targeted to staff that perform the various responsibilities for School Nutrition Programs. The series will be offered on five consecutive Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM beginning July 1, 2014. The sessions will be offered in both a live and webinar format. The live sessions will be at MDE in Roseville, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113, in Conference Center A, Rooms CC 1 and 2. Course descriptions and registration links are listed below. You will receive an e-mail confirmation within a few minutes after you register. Please keep the e-mail for your reference as this will be the only confirmation you will receive.
For the webinar, the audio will be provided via computer only. Please ensure that you are using a computer that has audio capabilities. We recommend that you test the computer that you will be using to view the webinars to ensure that you will be able to connect. Select this link and follow the instructions on the page to test your computer. Please consider logging in 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar to allow time for any technical difficulties.
To request a reasonable accommodation to participate in any of the sessions, contact Liane Jensen at 651-582-8526 or email@example.com. Note: MDE requires a two-week advance notice in order to provide the requested accommodation and requires a 48-hour notice to cancel a requested accommodation.
Training is required for all new schools participation in the National School Lunch Program.
If you have any questions, contact MDE-FNS at 651-582-8526, 1-800-366-8922 (Minnesota Toll-free) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Sponsor Application Procedure
July 1, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
All new sponsors must apply, submit menus for certification and be approved prior to receiving meal reimbursement. This session will provide an overview of school nutrition opportunities and walk new sponsors through the School Nutrition Program application process.
Essentials for School Nutrition 101 – What Administrators Need to Know
July 8, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
This course is for charter/private school administrators and provides a high-level overview of School Nutrition Program opportunities and requirements. School nutrition program requirements are discussed based on the module format of a School Nutrition Administrative Review. Areas covered include: meal access and reimbursement, nutrition quality and meal components, resource management and general program compliance.
Essentials for School Nutrition 102 – Meal Benefits Determination and Administration
July 15, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
This course is intended for school staff who approve meal applications and maintain meal benefit information in the student database. Participants will learn to correctly approve and process Applications for Educational Benefits, directly certify students for meal benefits, create rosters and maintain the required documentation for compliance with program regulations.
Essentials for School Nutrition 103 – Meal Service Essentials
July 22, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
This workshop is intended for school staff who plan, prepare and/or serve school meals. Participants will learn the school meal patterns, the basics about the Offer vs. Serve provision and what records to maintain, and how to complete documents to prove that meals served meet program requirements.
Essentials for School Nutrition 104 – Meal Counting and Claiming
July 29, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
This session is intended for school staff responsible for obtaining and recording meal counts and completing the monthly claim for reimbursement. Participants will learn how to obtain accurate point-of-service meal counts, complete claim editing, and will review school food authority meal claiming responsibilities. The session will walk participants through the process of completing a claim for reimbursement in the Cyber-Linked Interactive Child Nutrition System (CLiCs).