New Meal Pattern Certification – 7 Cents

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act provides an additional 6-cents per
lunch reimbursement to school districts that certify 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.

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

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 USDA Food and Nutrition Service Certification of Compliance website, under the Technical Assistance and Guidance Materials heading. It 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.

Menu Certification Worksheets



Updated October 29, 2019 7:49am