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Community Nutrition Team


The Community Nutrition Team provides guidance for programs participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Non-School Special Milk Program, and Summer Food Service Program.

CNT Mission Statement:To provide eligible participants with access to nutritious meals and snacks through leadership, direction and oversight for program growth and improvements for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Nutrition Programs in Wisconsin.

Unique Entity ID (SAM)

All agencies that receive funds from the Federal government are required to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). This includes agencies that receive reimbursement for the USDA Child Nutrition Programs.

The UEI is assigned through the System for Award Management (SAM) at Detailed instructions on obtaining a UEI are located on the Unique Entity ID (SAM) Transition webpage and on this handout.

Additional Information:
1. gives the option for organizations to make their UEI information public on The recommendation from DPI is to answer yes by unchecking a box on public information. If left checked, this indicates the organization does not want their information available for public use, thereby preventing the State from verifying the agency’s UEI number.
2. There are two options when ‘Get Started’ is selected on the webpage:
1. Get Unique Entity ID (SAM): Use this option if the organization will not be applying directly for federal funds. Most recipients that plan to participate in CACFP should choose this option. OR
2. Register Entity: Use this option if the organization will be applying directly for federal funds.
IMPORTANT: The company name associated with your UEI must match the name of your legal business entity identified on the IRS documentation and the agency name in your contract. UEI is FREE.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) must verify each agency participating in the USDA Child Nutrition Programs has a UEI. The UEI is reported to the DPI using Online Services.

Refer to the Instructions for reporting the UEI to the DPI for the USDA Child Nutrition Programs. This will only need to be entered once, even if your agency participates in multiple Child Nutrition Programs.

Contact the CNT with questions at or 608.267.9129.

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Child and Adult Care Food Program

Provides reimbursement for meals and snacks served in Child Care (includes Child Care Centers, Outside of School Hour Centers, Head starts), Emergency Shelters, At-Risk Afterschool Programs, Adult Day Centers and Family Day Care Homes.

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Non-School Special Milk Program

Provides milk reimbursement to non-school programs that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition programs.

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Summer Food Service Program

Provides free healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas during the summer months when school is not in session.