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School Nutrition Bulletin 2223-30

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Announcements from the WI DPI School Nutrition Team (SNT)

Updates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Proposed Rule-Child Nutrition Programs: Community Eligibility Provision - Increasing Options for Schools

On March 23, 2023, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service published a proposed rule, Child Nutrition Programs: Community Eligibility Provision – Increasing Options for Schools. The rule proposes to expand access to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) by lowering the minimum identified student percentage participation threshold from 40 percent to 25 percent, which would give States and schools greater flexibility to choose to invest non-Federal funds to offer no-cost meals to all enrolled students. As a result, more students, families, and schools would have an opportunity to experience the benefits of CEP, including access to meals at no cost, eliminating unpaid meal charges, minimizing stigma, reducing paperwork for school nutrition staff and families, and streamlining meal service operations. The proposed rule is published open for public comment through May 8, 2023.

FNS is hosting a webinar for school food authority staff focused on the proposed rule. Preregistration is required.

Registration: Child Nutrition Programs: Community Eligibility Provision – Increasing Options for Schools Webinar
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023
Time: 2:00 PM CST.

New Feature Available on the Exhibit A Grains Tool!

The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) contains a variety of tools to help Program operators purchase the right amount of food. The newest update to the Exhibit A Grains Tool, on both the FBG Web Tool and Mobile App, requires the Program and meal to be selected to filter the search results to only creditable grain items for that specific Program.

New Trays in Team Nutrition’s School Meals Trays, Many Ways Collection!

Team Nutrition is excited to add 10 new photographs of school meals trays to this collection. All meals photographed were offered to high school students in School Year 2022-23 and meet the Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium for School Year 2022-2023.

The new meals photographed include:

  • Vegetarian Lunch Options:
    • Vegetarian Chili Baked Potato from Greenville County Schools in South Carolina
    • White Bean and Pasta Primavera from New York City Public Schools in New York
  • Local Agricultural Products for Lunch:
    • Apples from New York
    • Blueberries, Cauliflower, and Chickpeas from Washington
    • Beefsteak from Puerto Rico
    • Hake Fish from Maine
  • USDA Foods:
    • Chicken, Cheese, and Salsa used in the Grilled BBQ Chicken Quesadilla tray from Washougal Schools in Washington
    • Broccoli in the Spaghetti with Ground Beef tray from Mesa Public Schools in Arizona
  • Breakfast Trays:
    • Tofu Taco from Chicago Public Schools in Illinois
    • Breakfast Burrito from District of Columbia Public Schools in the District of Columbia

Other Updates and Information

Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO)-Many children, adolescents, and adults consume more added sugars than recommended

Recent publications indicate that many US children, adolescents, and adults consume more added sugars than recommended. Among adults, various factors are associated with added sugar intake, consuming sugary drinks is common at mealtime, and perceptions of tap and bottled water influence sugary drink consumption.

Before age 2, added sugars should be avoided, according toFederal Guidelines. After age 2, healthy eating patterns limit added sugars to less than 10% of total daily calories. That means a person consuming 2,000 calories a day should have less than 200 calories from added sugar—200 calories is about 12 teaspoons of sugar. Excessive added sugar intake is associated with chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Registration: Sugary Drinks and Added Sugars Intake in Kids: New Data on Intake, Health Risks and Strategies for Reducing Harms
Date: Thursday March 30, 2023
Time: 1-2:00 PM CST

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Jill K. Underly, PhD, State Superintendent
125 S Webster Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-3390 • (800) 441-4563