Child Nutrition Update - June 2020
June is ....
5 Year Review Cycle
Dairy Month
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month
Papaya Month
Turkey Lover’s Month
National Egg Day – June 3
National Cheese Day – June 4
Herbs and Spices Day – June 10
Corn on the Cob Day – June 11
Fresh Veggies Day – June 16
International Picnic Day – June 18
PLE Tool Available
A reminder that the Paid Lunch Equity tool for the 2020-2021 school year is available. In this tool, the school will compare the average price received for PAID lunches against the amount of federal reimbursement received for each free meal (2019-20: $3.08) Schools are not required to increase student paid meal price by more than $.10. The PLE tool or the exemption request is required documentation for an administrative review.
  •  Paid Lunch Equity workbook- Instructions for Completion are on the first tab. Contact any of us to help fill this out!
  • Exemption of Price increase if the School foodservice account shows a positive balance on Dec 31, 2019. Submit request for help or exemption to Deb Egeland:
Excess Funds Balance
Reminder to Business managers to calculate ‘Excess Funds’ for School Food service account at the end of the year.
The financial information reported to the Department of Public Instruction is passed on to the Child Nutrition and Food Distribution department and used to do the mandatory calculation for excess funds remaining in a schools food service account. The School Food service account is categorized as Non-Profit. Federal rules concerning any non-profit organization deem that the fund balance cannot carry more than enough funds to cover 3 months of expense. All school food service revenues must be accounted for in the 05 Food service fund. Only expenses reported in the 05 fund are used in the State’s calculation for excess funds.
Calculations: (05 Fund Expenses / 3) compared to (05 Fund Revenues)  The Revenue number must be equal or bigger than the expenses otherwise there are excess funds in the school food service account.
What’s Ahead for the New Year?
No one can say for certain what will happen when the regular school year begins in August. However for your own sanity, it is best to do some planning now. Following are guidance, planning tools and resources to consider. These are suggested best practices only. You know your own food service and what will work best in that situation.
Introducing Kellen Leier
I am Kellen Leier and I am starting with DPI as a Child Nutrition Specialist. I graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Before coming to DPI, I was a Sales Specialist with Coca-Cola where I worked with accounts to educate retailers how to grow their business. I was the Produce Manager at Cash Wise for 5 years prior to that. I have also been a volunteer hunter's safety instructor for the North Dakota Game and Fish for the past 10 years. I am married to Deanne and have two children: Cayden and Jett. In my free time I enjoy being active outdoors and spending time on the lakes in Minnesota. I am excited to be a part of Team North Dakota and I look forward to meeting everyone.
Professional Development Opportunities
Get a start on next year’s Professional development hours while relaxing on the lake or sipping lemonade on the deck. There are many ideas to keep your skills as a school nutrition professional updated and growing. All are available through a computer and many can be used over your cell phone.

The USDA professional development database will help you narrow down the trainings that interest you – choosing from nutrition, operations, administration or communication/marketing.
Find this resource at Click on one of the icons representing the four areas of training and then filter further on the left side of page to say whether you want read or watch, how long and the very last filter is “free or paid”.

If you can’t find anything there, here are some other suggestions:
NDSU Extension is a great resource for school nutrition. Julie Gardener-Robinson authors a newsletter about called Nourish and Exercise your Body. Sign up at:
You can count any newsletter on nutrition for ½ hour unless it is really long, just keep a copy of the newsletter for your documentation.

State and National Commodity boards/councils have great resources to learn from:
North Dakota is the top producer of honey: - I could spend a good hour reading through the honey fact sheets, signing up for the newsletter, perusing the recipes and checking out the rest of the website.
Which commodity are you interested in? check out some of our major ones (wheat, barley, corn, soybeans, etc) listed at the Northern Crops Institute

The national Ag in The Classroom annual meeting was moved to a virtual expo now. Attached is the agenda. If any of those sessions sound interesting, you could register and watch them at the end of June.

There are many trainings on the Institute of Child Nutrition website. They are holding several virtual trainings in June and July – Nutrition 101 and Basic Culinary Math might interest you – both go from 2 to 6 p.m. and have a live instructor plus live technical support during the entire 4 hours. Go to:
Other self-led trainings on ICN include Culinary Techniques, Food Allergies for School Nutrition Directors, Financial Management for Managers, and Inventory Management. Find those at:

Other websites with resources to use as for training hours:
No Kid Hungry – COVID-19 is at the forefront of this website, but if you look at later material, it has resources on Breakfast and After school meals

Action for Healthier Generation – Great resources on Local Wellness policies

The American Egg Board is offering two culinary cooking courses free through December 2020. Go to Or  Egg-focused curriculum

A great reference for you under Policies/Manuals/Guidance is the “Administrative Manual for Food Service” or the shorter version “Survival Guide for New Administrators”. Note how many hours you spend reading through the manual on your professional development log.
American Egg Board

ICN’s Virtual Instructor Led Trainings
SNA Stonger Together

National Ag in the Classroom Virtual Summit
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