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National School Lunch Program - NSLP

New Meal Pattern Certification - 6 Cents

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act provides an additional 6-cents per
lunch reimbursement to school districts that certifiy to be in compliance
with the new meal pattern requirements. The increased reimbursement, a significant
investment in improving the quality of school meals, will be provided to
school districts once they meet the new meal patterns published in the final
rule on January 26, 2012. Funding becomes available to school districts
starting October 1, 2012.

Outline for Certification Process

Memorandum sent to the Authorized Representatives September 20, 2012, Getting Started on the Menu certification Process. Click here for an Outline of the Certification Process.pdf
This outline will give you a general overview of all the Certification Steps. It also includes a menu Organization checklist and links to resources.

USDA released Policy Memorandum SP 11-2013, on December 7, 2012 regarding minimum and maximums for the component requirements for grains and meat/meat alternate. State Agencies will consider School Food Authorities compliant if the menu is compliant with the daily and weekly minimums for these two components, regardless of whether they have exceeded the maximums for the same components.

Training Videos created by NDE, Nutrition Services

Before you begin the Certification Worksheets, Nutrition services recommends watching the 3 training videos below, in the order listed. You will also want to print out the Sample Day menu Organization Tool prior to viewing "Get Ready for Certification.

  1. View Video: Get Ready for Certification: The Menu Organization Tool
  2. View Video: Completing the Certification Worksheet
  3. View Video: Simplified Nutrient Assessment

Webinar

-USDA Food and Nutrition Service Web page

  • Link to Food and Nutrition Services for Regulation, Policy Memos, and Technical Assistance and Guidance Materials.
    • 6 Cent Certification Worksheet Demonstration Series available for additional guidance. - View the additional power point files for the Six Cent Certification Worksheet Demonstration.
      1. The first file is a general overview of the 6 cents certification process.
      2. The second file covers the new meal pattern requirements and how they affect data entry into the USDA 6 cents certification worksheet prototype.
      3. The third file is an orientation to the certification worksheet and provides screen shots to facilitate understanding of its various functions.
      4. The complete Demonstration series is available for viewing on FNS Website and contains 8 chapters. 
  • Attestation Statement.pdf - Nutrition Services will make this a part of the online Program Application. Information will be posted on this process when the CNP website has be updated to receive certification documentation.

Instructions for Completing Certification WorksheetStop

Warning worksheets must be completed on a windows based PC Computer. The embedded PC Macros do not work on a Mac Computer.

Lunch Certification Worksheets - 5 Day Meal Service

Breakfast Certification Worksheets - 5 Day Meal Service

Lunch Certification Worksheets (RCCI) - 7 Day Meal Service

Breakfast Certification Worksheets (RCCI) -7 day Meal Service

Lunch Certification Worksheets - 4 Day Meal Service

Resources

NUTRITION SERVICES > FORMS AND RESOURCE CENTER > NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM > MENUS