Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services Vision Statement

Nutrition Services provides leadership that inspires service of nutritious meals to children, students and adults.

Nutrition Services References

Contact Us

For general program questions or issues you encounter with the webpage please contact the Office of Nutrition Services at nde.nsweb@nebraska.gov or (402) 471-2488(800) 731-2233; Fax (402) 471-4407.

 

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PO Box 94987                                                                                            500 S 84th St

Lincoln, NE 68509-4987                                                                        Lincoln NE 68510

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Supply Chain Assistance (SCA) Funds

The USDA has approved federal funding for supply chain assistance for operators of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP)  in response to the unprecedented challenges in purchasing and receiving food. These resources will be referred to as Supply Chain Assistance (SCA) funds. SCA funds can be used exclusively to purchase unprocessed or minimally processed domestic food products to help SFAs deal with challenges, such as unanticipated cancellation of food and supply contracts, reduced availability of certain foods, unexpected substitution of certain products, unpredictable increases in food and supply prices, and other obstacles related to pricing and/or availability that have been reported to or identified by state agencies administering the Child Nutrition Programs. As these challenges are both extensive and widespread, the SCA funds are targeted to provide a rapid and direct response to affected school districts.

Nebraska Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (PL 116–127), as amended by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (PL 116-159), provides the Secretary of Agriculture authority to approve state agency plans to administer P-EBT.    Based on updated USDA guidance, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have teamed up to simplify the administration and distribution of P-EBT funds.

USDA has provided final approval for Nebraska’s 2021-2022 P-EBT plan. The eligibility requirements include each school building needing to individually qualify for 21-22 P-EBT benefits.  For a school to qualify, at least one enrolled student must experience a five consecutive day COVID-related physical absence from the school building at any point during the 21-22 school year.

Once the school building has qualified, students enrolled at that school will qualify for benefits if they meet two requirements:

  1. Qualify for free or reduced-priced meals by the submission of an income application or direct certification during the 21-22 school year; AND
  2. Experience a COVID-related absence for any period even if less than five days.

Three benefit levels have been established for P-EBT benefit issuance based on the duration of the eligible student’s COVID-related absence*. Students will continue to be issued benefits on a monthly basis and will receive one of three amounts based on their number of absence days within that month.

The benefit levels are as follows:

  • Students with 0.1 – 5.99 COVID-related absence days* will receive $21 for that month.
  • Students with 6 – 15.99 COVID-related absence days* will receive $71 for that month.
  • Students with 16+ COVID-related absence days* will receive $121 for that month.

*A COVID-Related absence can be school-directed or parent-directed. Eligible students that are not physically present in the classroom can still qualify for P-EBT benefits even if they are remote learners.

Benefit Months Date Schools Provide Data to NDE Date NDE Provides Data to DHHS Issuance Dates
Corrected 2021 Summer P-EBT February 11, 2022 February 15, 2022 March 11, 2022
August, September and October March 18, 2022 March 23, 2022 April 20, 2022
November, December and January April 15, 2022 April 21, 2022 May 19, 2022
February and March May 16, 2022 May 23, 2022 June 16, 2022
April and May July 18, 2022 July 25, 2022 August 16, 2022

Students that qualify for 21-22 P-EBT benefits will continue to be uploaded into the NDE portal for benefit issuance under the P-EBT Data Collection. School food authorities will need to indicate in this data how many covid-related absences each qualifying student had within the month of upload. Please find instructions for uploading student data into the portal for P-EBT benefit issuance in the 2021-2022 Resources section.

Emergency School Foodservice Guidance

Nutrition Services and Nebraska Extension have worked together to develop a comprehensive framework for foodservice directors in the event that all foodservice personnel are away from school due to Covid-19 or quarantine. The Emergency School Foodservice Guidance document includes an emergency checklist, safe food handling procedures and easy-to-prepare menus among other resources to support the continued service of nutritious food to students.

COVID-19 Program Specific Documents

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

NATIONWIDE WAIVERS

CACFP MONITORING REQUIREMENTS FOR FAMILY DAY CARE HOMES

  • Request to waive the on-site monitoring requirements for sponsors of family day care homes during pandemic situations.

SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTIONS

  • USDA CACFP Flexibilities During COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions: (1) This memorandum provides guidance on current meal pattern flexibilities in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and opportunities for State agency and sponsoring organization discretion while monitoring meal pattern compliance during COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (2) This memorandum applies to State agencies and sponsoring organizations administering the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

NATIONWIDE WAIVERS

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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