Tutorial for FFVP Claim

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Nebraska SFSP Application Training Video

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USDA Application Materials

Forms & Resource Center

Application Materials in Alternate Languages

Note: When using the following prototype materials from USDA, be sure to add the current reduced price income guidelines in the appropriate chart.

Spanish Application for 2017-18 School Year:

Attachment C – Spanish Free and Reduced Price School Meals Applicationpdfdoc
Attachment B – Spanish Letter to Houseold doc

Attachment D – Spanish Approval – Denial Letter

Attachment D-3 – Spanish Notice of Change in Benefits doc
Attachment E – Spanish Computing Income for Self-Employed Individuals doc
Attachmeent L – Spanish Sharing Information with Other Programs doc

Verification Materials

Attachment F – Spanish Verification Selection Letter doc
Attachment G – Spanish Verification Results Letter doc

Medical Statement


Other Protoype Applications Available:

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Reviewing the Basics of Verification

Reviewing the Basics of Verification

Verification is the confirmation of eligibility for free and reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. All school districts participating agree to comply with all verification requirements by November 15 of each year. Refer to the Eligibility Manual for School Meals, Federal Policy for Determining and Verifying Eligibility (revised August 2014) for guidance.

Let’s review the basics:

    • An application counts as one application, household applications are required.

    • Remove any applications that contain a student who is on the “Qualified Student List Directly Certified as Free” keep these application in a separate file. These applications should not be a part of the verification pool.

    • Denied applications, while they must be kept on file, are not part of the verification pool.

    • An Alternate-Random sample of three percent must be chosen. The maximum number of applications selected for verification cannot exceed the 3% sample size. All decimals must be rounded up. For example: 110 applications x .03 = 3.3. Four applications would need to be verified. Every school district must verify at least one application. School districts who had a non response rate of 20% or more last year must select the required 3% sample from the Standard-Error Prone applications. Standard-Error Prone applications are those applications within $1,200 of the annual income guidelines.

    • A school district may verify questionable applications for cause. However, any verification done for cause must be in addition to the three percent random sample.

    • Direct Verification is an option schools may use to verify household applications by uploading the sample selection into the Direct Verification screens provided in the online Coylar System. Instructions for using the Direct Verification process are posted on our website. Click Link

    • Verification must be completed for all households notified of their selection for verification.

    • Households that do not respond to the request for verification information must be contacted a second time by mail, phone, fax, email or personal contact. The second contact must be documented on the Verification Tracker, Attachment H-2.

    • Verification reviews family income received anytime from the date of application through the school district’s due date for verification. Families must supply proof of all forms of income listed on their application. Tax returns (1040s) can only be submitted to verify self-employment income.

    • Families selected for verification must be sent Attachment F, We Must Check Your Application, a 2-page letter.

Attachment G, We Have Checked Your Application, is used to notify families of the results of verification.

  • When the verification process detects that a household’s benefits should be reduced or ended, the household must be given a 10-calendar day written notice. The first day of the 10 calendar day notice is the day the notice is sent.

  • Attachment H, Verification Collection Report is a paper copy to guide districts through the web-based verification report. All participating school food authorities, both schools and institutions must complete the web-based report.

Failure to meet the November 15 deadline will result in delayed claim payments.

  • Attachment H-1, Civil Rights Summary, is to be completed by all school districts and kept on file at the school.

  • Attachment H-2, Verification Tracker for School Use, is to be completed for each family selected for verification.

  • Households affected by adverse action may reapply for benefits any time during the school year. However, if benefits to a household have ended and the household reapplies in the same school year, the school district must verify all information on the new application before approval. 

The verification process in not optional. Administrative Reviews (ARs) conducted by Nutrition Services consultants include a review of verification records. If you have questions concerning verification, contact our office at (800) 731-2233.

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Nebraska Local School Wellness Policy Workshop Training Resources

Forms & Resource Center

Nebraska Local School Wellness Policy Workshop Training Resources


Wellness Policy requirement: Implementation and mentoring plan

The Wellness Impact

Check Lists for School Wellness Committee

School Competitive Food Guidelines

Non-food Rewards in the Classroom


Healthy Classroom Celebrations

Recess before Lunch

Sample School Wellness Policies

Sample of Letters, Memos and Newsletter

Back to Local Wellness Policy Resources

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Smarter Lunchroom

What is the Smarter Lunchroom Movement?
In an effort to support schools with new nutrition standards for schools, which require increasing the availability, variety and quantity of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat- free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals all these changes, the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs has assembled a set of best practices targeting the environment of the school cafeteria to influence and shape healthy eating behavior among the students.  This set of best practices are based on emerging discipline of behavioral economics that combine the behavioral models of psychology with the decision models of economics to help lead students to the selection and consumption of healthier foods.  This new approach is called Smarter Lunchroom Movement (SLM) which is designed to improve school meal participation and profits while decreasing waste by using environmental cues such as better product placement and using creative names for healthier foods.  Smarter Lunchroom Movement provides low cost/no-cost solutions and sustainability strategies include moving and highlighting more nutritious food groups such as fruits and vegetables to make them more accessible to students, highlighting the entrée on the lunch line, and implementation of healthy choices lines. 

Smarter Lunchroom Best Practices
Increasing the number of students that select FRUITS

  1. Employ signs and verbal prompts to draw attention to fruit and encourage students to take some: Read More

  2. Display the whole fruit: Read More

  3. Display fruit near the register: Read More

Fruit Up Front
Increasing the number of students that select VEGETABLES

  1. Create a SNAC (Student Nutrition Action Committee) of students responsible for the naming of and creating signage for veggies.  Read More 

  2. Display the creative/descriptive age-targeted names on a poster or menu board outside the cafeteria: Read More

  3. Give vegetables creative names: Read More

Tips for varying your veggies, variety is the key in Mirepoix
Increasing the number of students that select Targeted ENTREE

  1. Display the creative/descriptive age-targeted names on a poster or menu board outside the cafeteria: Read More

  2. Give targeted entrees creative/descriptive age-targeted names and display the names on cards next to or with the targeted entrees on the serving line.  Read More

  3. Make the entrée with the grates nutrient density the first of most prominent in line.   Read More

Name That Meal
Increasing the number of students that select REIMBUSABLE MEALS

  1. Create a healthy-items-only convenience line or window stocked with all types of healthy foods: milk, fruits, veggies, premade sandwiches and salads, and lowest-fat/lowest-sodium entrée items.  Read More

  2. Move all “competitive foods” (chips, cookies, etc.) behind the serving counter in the regular lunch line so they are available by request only.  Read More  

  3. Place the components of a reimbursable meal at the snack window.  Add a Reimbursable meal “grab-and-go” bag to the window.  Make the entrée with the grates nutrient density the first of most prominent in line.   Read More

Display a Sample Meal to Boost Service and Customer Satisfaction

Increasing the number of students that select WHITE MILK

  1. Make sure white milk accounts for at least 1/3 of drinks displayed in each cooler Read More

  2. Place white milk in every cooler in the lunchroom: Read More  

  3. Place white milk in the front of the cooler, in front of or before the sugar-added beverages: Read More

Smarter Lunchroom Makeover

Getting Started with the Smarter Lunchroom Movement

  1. Complete the Smarter Lunchrooms Score Card.  This tool will help you evaluate your lunchroom, congratulate yourself for things you are doing well, and identify areas you can make even better.

  2. Gather some information before and after you introduce Smarter Lunchroom techniques. The types of data available in your lunchroom include three Types of Data: Video       

    1. Production records: Amount food prepared and served.

    2. Sales records: Able to track particular items that students purchase over time.

    3. Tray waste: Allows you to see what students are actually eating.

Tray Waste Measurement
Organizing Tray Waste Team
Tray Waste Data Collection Tutorial

For more information about the Smarter Lunchrooms movement, visit http://smarterlunchrooms.org/ 

For questions about Nebraska Smarter Lunchrooms, contact Zainab Rida at zainab.rida@nebraska.gov

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Nutrition Education

Middle and High School



Power Panther Preschool Implementation Manual
Eight child care lessons that encourage fruit and vegetable consumption and increased physical activity.

Healthy Snacks Logo

Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Program
Healthy snack ideas, fun physical activities, and suggested books to incorporate into lessons in the early childhood setting.

Mud Pies

More Than Mud Pies
This nutrition education curriculum provides both staff and children with enjoyable activities that encourage positive ideas about nutrition and foods.  The 54 lessons are built around the seasons of the year.  Children will use these age-appropriate activities to learn about growth, nutrition and preparation of foods.

Mini Poster

Preschooler MyPlate Mini-Poster
An at-a-glance guide to healthy eating for preschoolers.

Model Health

MODEL Health! Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children
Lessons for early childhood educators on nutrition and physical activity, with an emphasis on role modeling.

Color Me Healthy

Color Me Healthy:Preschoolers Moving and Eating Healthy
Healthy eating and exercise program for 4 and 5 year-olds in the preschool classroom. Recipes, songs, and parent.

Elementary School


Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for KindergartenDiscover MyPlate is fun and inquiry-based nutrition education that fosters the development of healthy food choices and physically active lifestyles during a critical developmental and learning period for children — kindergarten.


Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum Grades 1-6Serving Up MyPlate is a collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. 

Great Garden

The Great Garden Detective Adventure

A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4 is an eleven-lesson curriculum guide that includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers

Dig In

Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up

Dig in is a curriculum guide that uses ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables

NEP Logo

Nutrition Education Program (NEP School Enrichment Kit for Elementary Schools
NEp Promotional Flyer.pdf
Due to special grant funding, this FREE program is only available to elementary schools where 50% or more of the students participate in the free and reduced price school lunch program. Please click on the following link for a short video explaining the school enrichment kits


MyPlate Blast Off Game
In this online game, students can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity


Power Panther Pals
Power Panther Pals is an 8-week health education program for elementary students. Materials include an implementation manual, student activity book with recipes, PowerPoint slides, and parent newsletters.


Create a Classroom That Moves!
Classroom-based physical activity is an instructional tool teachers can use to improve mood, energy levels, and facilitate student learning. Activity can be introduced into existing routines and transitions, into academic lessons, or introduced as a ‘brain break.’ This kit consists of three core classroom tools: Grade-level nutrition lessons; Physical activity breaks; My Classroom Physical Activity Pyramid.


Nutrition Education Take-Home Bag
Healthy eating and physical activity materials that can be placed in a bag for elementary teachers share with the families of their students


Michigan Team Nutrition Booklist
An annotated list of over 400 books with positive food, nutrition and physical activity messages for children in grades K-2


Nutrition Education of Texas
Multidisciplinary nutrition lesson plans for grades pre-Kindergarten through High School that align with Texas education standards

Middle and High School

Nutrition Voyage

Nutrition Voyage: The Quest to Be Our Best
Lessons for grades 7 and 8 about making healthy food and physical activity choices using a theme of exploration. Includes standards-aligned activities for Math, Science, and English Language Arts.


The Power of Choice: Helping Youth Make Healthy Eating and Fitness Decisions
The Power of Choice was developed by HHS’ Food and Drug Administration and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. It is intended for after-school program leaders working with young adolescents. Everything you need to know is in the Leaders’ Guide, including most activity materials. It’s full of quick, simple things to do with kids; many activities take little or no pre-planning. A CD containing 10 interactive sessions based on six posters. Included in the Leader’s Guide are a recipe booklet, parent letter, and Nutrition Facts cards


SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students
Help students in grades 9-12 learn how to build a healthy diet using SuperTracker. The lesson plans include a variety of topics such as selecting healthy snacks, finding personal recommendations for what and how much to eat, evaluating food selections, and building healthy meals. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and accompanying resources and handouts.


Choose Health Action Teens (CHAT)
Program that engages teens in teaching healthy eating and active living to younger youth in after-school programs, summer camps and other settings. Materials are for educators and other adult mentors working with youth, as well as the youth they serve.

Power Up

Power Up! Curriculum Grades 6-8
Power Up is an 8-week health education program for middle school students in grades 6-8. This program encourages students to make healthier food choices, be physically active and to take an active role in their schools’ wellness policies. It also provides students with an opportunity to taste new, healthy foods and encourage positive self-esteem


Integrating Concepts about Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity into Middle School Curriculum
Curriculum designed for educators to integrate into regular lesson plans. Topics include food, food production, gardening and nutrition organized into six nutrient content areas – carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water.

HECATHealth Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

Tool for schools to analyze their health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.


Healthalicious Cooking: Learning about Food and Physical Activity
A six-week, hands-on, after-school curriculum designed to give 9- to 12-year-olds a fun introduction to preparing and eating healthy meals


Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help
A series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students in school wellness efforts. To support healthy food choices and physical activity at your school, a school-wide coordinated approach works best. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is providing these resources under its Team Nutrition initiative to help you bring everyone together to promote student wellness and prevent childhood obesity.


Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHIFFF)
Curriculum aimed at 8-12 year olds that targets healthy lifestyle behaviors. Each lesson includes interactive nutrition activities, food preparation, active games, a goal setting challenge, and a family newsletter.

Media Smart

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!
Interactive after-school education program for youth ages 11 to 13. The curriculum is designed to empower young people to be aware of and think critically about media’s role in influencing their nutrition and physical activity choices.

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Join the Team

Team Nutrition – School Meals Program

Join TN Team

Becoming a Team Nutrition School will help you focus attention on the important role nutritious school meals, nutrition education and a health-promoting school environment play in helping students learn to enjoy healthy eating and physical activity. It will provide the framework for team efforts by school nutrition staff, teachers, parents, the media and other community members.

Enroll your school as a Team Nutrition school!

To enroll as a Team Nutrition school, first check to make sure that your school is not already a Team Nutrition School. Use the USDA School Database Search.

Tips for searching:
It is not necessary to put in all the information requested for the search. Try these helpful hints when searching for your school. If your school does not come up move to the next tip.

  • Try entering only your schools zip code first
  • Try entering only your city and state
  • Try entering only your schools USD number in the School District/County section
  • Try entering only your schools name in the School Name section

A school can enroll as a Team Nutrition school at any time!
There are three ways to submit your School Enrollment Form.  

  • Print the completed form and fax it to 703-305-2549
  • Print the completed form, scan and email it to TeamNutrition@fns.usda.gov
  • Print the completed form and mail it to:

Team Nutrition
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 632
Alexandria, VA 22302

If your school is already enrolled, contact the TN Leader listed to see how you can help implement Team Nutrition programs and projects in your building.

Assistance Needed Contact Nebraska Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition Enrollment Form

Team Nutrition Schools

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Healthier US School Challenge

Healthier US School Challenge – Smarter Lunchroom

Healthier US School Challenge Smarter Lunch Room

The HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing those schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments  through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Let’s Move!, incorporating HUSSC: SL into her campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids. At that time, monetary incentive awards became available for each HUSSC:SL award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction.
To date, HUSSC: SL awards have been given to schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. As of May 19, 2015, there are 7,018 schools certified (4,743 Bronze, 1,314 Silver, 596 Gold, and 365 Gold Awards of Distinction).  Click here to view Nebraska HUSSC winners. 

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SFSP Claims Training Video (October 14, 2014)

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