Meal Benefit Application SY 2019
A hungry child cannot learn. The Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition is proud to support several federal programs for the health and well-being of Maine's children and youth. Each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children. Resources for school food service professionals as well as access to guidance and regulatory information is provided here to support these programs. Child Nutrition oversees several United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services programs and initiatives that provide healthy food to children.
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Summer is on its way!!
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO SUMMER SPONSORS
We have made changes to the Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Agreement in NEO. This means that all sponsors will need to have their legal agents review and accept the new agreement. Once the agreement is accepted, the SFSP 2019 application will be available for completion.
Due to audits at the federal level, there will be upcoming changes to the Summer Food Service Program. Training sessions will go over the changes in detail, but here is a preview of what is coming down the pipeline:
Every sponsor will be required to do the first week visit for all sites. This is now mandatory.
Meal pattern – either sponsors will choose to follow the SFSP meal pattern and serve all components (so no more OVS) or School Food Authority sponsors can choose to do OVS with the NSLP meal pattern. However, if the latter is chosen, that means NSLP meal pattern guidelines need to be followed (meal components, vegetable subgroups, milk choices, etc.)
Meal time restrictions are back – 3 hours must elapse between the start of breakfast and lunch and the start of lunch and snack. If no afternoon snack is offered, then 4 hours must elapse between the start of lunch and supper.
If you operate closed, enrolled sites, we can only establish eligibility using individual status of students enrolled in the program.
This is a lot of changes. Maine has applied for waivers to continue flexibilities, but are still waiting to hear. We hope to have a final answer for the start of our trainings in March. Thank you all for your patience as we navigate all of the changes.
Summer Sponsor Training
Training for Experienced Sponsors and New Sponsors have been scheduled. We will have training in Augusta, Caribou, Washington County and in Hampden. Please visit our Calendar of Events page to find a training and sign up through the links provided.