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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools/Private School Administrators

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             July 5, 2005

SUBJECT:       Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004

            Public Law 108-265, the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, made a number of changes to the Child Nutrition programs:   National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, and Summer Food Service Program.

The changes that affect your school district’s child nutrition program are summarized in this letter.   The changes affect administrators as well as food service personnel.   Please contact the Child Nutrition Services office with any questions.

NOTE:   There is no longer a whole milk requirement.

In addition, the law adds permissive authority for school food authorities to “directly certify” homeless children, children served by programs under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, and migrant children through the school district or the Maine Department of Education’s  Runaway, Homeless Youth Act Coordinator, Shelley Reed and Migrant Coordinator, Nora Murray.

NOTE:   A foster child is considered a family of one and will require an application for each foster child.

– includes nutrition guidelines for all foods available on the school campus during the school day;

– provides an assurance that guidelines for school meals are not less restrictive than those set by the Secretary;

– establishes a plan for measuring implementation of the local wellness policy; and

– involves parents, students, and representatives of the school food authority, the school board, school administrators, and the public in development of the local wellness policy.

Training on this reauthorization was conducted several times during School Year 2005.   The Child Nutrition Services/Department of Education office will continue to provide training and assistance to make compliance as easy as possible.   Please feel free to contact the Child Nutrition Services office with any question by phone at (207) 624-6842 or email