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Program Timelines



Events Occurring During School Year 2021-22

Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May

Jul 2021 Event
2nd week: The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) posts the USDA Foods Handling Charge Rate and Fact Sheet for SY 2021-22
4th week: Review DPI’s Inventory and Sweep Policy.
Aug 2021 Event
Mid-month: DPI posts the SY 2021-22 Back to School Information for School Food Authorities (SFAs).
Mid-month: For those SFAs notified by DPI that they have an outstanding handling charge balance from SY 2020-21, manual payment is due.
End month: For SFAs participating in direct diversion – DPI posts approved SY 2021-22 direct diversion Summary End Product Data Schedules (SEPDS).
End month: SFAs review and update their contact information in the Online Food Distribution Program on the Application tab.
Sep 2021 Event
2nd week: For SFAs interested in direct diversion for SY 2022-23 – DPI posts the List of Eligible Direct Diversion Processors.
2nd week: For SFAs interested in cheese processing program for SY 2022-23 – DPI posts the List of Eligible Cheese Processors.
2nd week: For SFAs interested in direct diversion or cheese processing programs for SY 2022-23 – DPI posts materials for the Direct Diversion and Cheese Processing Training at School Nutrition Association (SNA) Fall Conference/Food Show November 2 and 3, 2021.
Oct 2021 Event
2nd week: For SFAs interested in Direct Diversion for SY 2022-23 – DPI posts materials for direct diversion.
Nov 2021 Event
2nd day: DPI Direct Diversion and Cheese Processing Training Sessions at the Direct Diversion Food Show, Central Wisconsin Convention Center, Rothschild.
15th day: USDA releases next year’s USDA Foods values.
End-month: For SFAs interested in commercial distribution for SY 2022-23 – Review the Commercial Distribution Information for SY 2022-23.
Dec 2021 Event
Mid-month: For SFAs participating in Department of Defense Fresh Produce Program (DoD) – Review DoD entitlement dollar spending for SY 2021-22. Plan for spending remaining dollars before end of school year.
Jan 2022 Event
1st week: For SFAs new to USDA Foods – DPI posts registration and materials for New Program Training for Placing an Annual Order.
Feb 2022 Event
1st week: Review Annual Order Materials for SY 2022-23.
3rd day:  New Program Virtual Training for Placing an Annual Order.
2nd week: Wisconsin Annual USDA Foods Order Survey for SY 2022-23 opens.
22nd day: For SFAs participating in direct diversion for SY 2021-22 – Submit Direct Diversion Agreements to DPI.
4th week: Wisconsin Annual USDA Foods Order Survey for SY 2022-23 closes at midnight.
Mar 2022 Event
Beg-month: For SFAs participating in DoD – Review DoD entitlement dollar spending for SY 2021-22. Plan for spending remaining dollars before end of school year.
Beg-month: For SFAs participating in direct diversion or cheese processing programs in SY 2021-22 – Review the remaining balance at processors. Plan for spending remaining dollars before end of school year. Review the Inventory Sweep policy.
End-month: For SFAs contracting with a commercial distributor in SY 2022-23 – Deadline for SFAs to submit SY 2022-23 DPI/SFA Commercial Distribution contract to DPI.
End-month: Deadline for SFAs to select their USDA Foods distribution option for SY 2022-23 in the Online Food Distribution Program on the Application tab.
Apr 2022 Event
1st week: DPI transfers unspent SY 2022-23 DoD entitlement dollars to other SFAs who will spend dollars.
End-month: DPI posts SY 2022-23 Direct Diversion information (bulk pound commitments).
End-month: The SY 2022-23 Wisconsin Annual Order Survey balance process is complete. View adjusted survey in the Online Food Distribution Program on the Survey tab.
May 2022 Event
1st day: DPI will send request to USDA to add new schools and/or delivery sites in the DoD FFAVORS ordering system for next school year.
1st week: Review SY 2021-22 Commodity Allocation and Receipt Summary (CARS) report.

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For questions about this information, contact Antonio Ante (608) 267-4599