Fuel Up To Play 60 Contest Time!


Show Your Spirit!
Celebrate National School Lunch Week the Fuel Up to Play 60 Way!
Fuel Your Play With a Healthy Lunch Tray! Snap a pic of your students with their healthy lunch choices and show us how they #FuelGreatness!

Send pics to [email protected] and [email protected] starting today, Oct. 10 through Thursday, Oct. 13 by 4pm.
If you or your school has a Twitter account, tweet with #FuelGreatness, #FUTP60, #NationalSchoolLunchWeek @FUTP60Arizona @Nosh2Nourish

One lucky school will win a $100 NFL Gift card to be used for Fuel Up to Play 60 activities
2 tickets to the Cardinals vs. Jets game on Monday, October 17th **
( **must be able to pick up winning tickets at the Dairy Council offices by 3pm on Friday, October 14th )

2017 Reimbursement Rates Published

On August 5, 2016 the new reimbursement rates for 2016-2017 were published in the Federal Register.  At this time, the reimbursement rates have been added to the CNP Web.  If your July 2016 reimbursement claim was previously submitted, please complete the following steps to ensure that new rates are applied to you July 2016 reimbursement claim:

  1. Click on Edit/View next to each meal claim
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the claim and click Save
  3. Return to the claims page to verify all meal claims have been returned to Pending status
  4. Click the Submit All Claims button to re-submit your claims.

If you have any questions about this process or need additional information, please contact Mary Nesteruck at (602) 364-2303 or by email at [email protected]

USDA Announces 4 Final Rules in Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

The Smart Snacks in School final rule aligns the nutritional quality of snacks sold to children during the school day with the science-based improvements made to school lunches and breakfasts over the last five years. These include using practical, science-based nutrition standards that ensure children are offered more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. States have the flexibility to allow limited exemptions to school-sponsored fundraisers during the school day. The Smart Snacks standards were implemented in the 2014 – 2015 school year in accordance with the interim final rule. This final rule makes modest improvements to those standards based on public comments and lessons learned from implementation.

The Local School Wellness Policy final rule ensures that any food or beverage that is marketed on school campuses during the school day meets the Smart Snacks standards. According to a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 70 percent of elementary and middle school students are exposed to some kind of food/beverage marketing through school. Many of the foods and beverages that are heavily marketed to children contribute to poor diet quality, high calorie intake, and excess weight gain. However, the majority of schools do not have policies restricting food and beverage marketing to children. This rule makes sure foods offered and marketed to students during the school day have consistent nutrition standards. The Local School Wellness Policy final rule also empowers communities to take an active role in the health of their children. It requires schools to engage parents, students and community members in the annual development and assessment of local school wellness policies. These policies guide a school district’s efforts to establish school environments that support healthy eating and physical activity. States and local communities will have flexibility in developing a policy that works best for them.

Also posted today were the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) final rule and the Administrative Review final rule. Under HHFKA, CEP allows schools and local educational agencies with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students to promote access to healthy food and reduce administrative burdens on schools and families. The final rule streamlines administrative processes, making it easier to participate in the meal programs. More than 18,000 schools in high poverty areas currently participate in CEP, which is now in its second year of nationwide implementation offering nutritious meals at no cost to 8.5 million students.

The Administrative Review final rule updates the administrative review process used by state agencies to monitor federally-funded school meal programs. It safeguards the integrity of the programs, ensures taxpayer dollars are being spent as intended, and increases accountability and transparency by publicly posting how well school food authorities are complying with various requirements. State agencies began implementing the updated review process in school year 2013-2014, and currently 95 percent of state agencies are already implementing the updated administrative review process.

All 4 final rules are available on USDA’s website .

CNP Web applications for SY 16-17

Still need to submit your Site/Sponsor application on CNP Web? This online training will review how to submit both your Site and Sponsor applications in CNP web for NSLP.



Summer Sunshine Award

2016 Summer Sunshine Award Nominations

Each summer, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Western Regional Office recognizes sponsors and partners that have shown extraordinary efforts in contributing to the success of summer meal programs.

The 2016 Western Region Summer Sunshine Award categories for sponsor nominations are:

  1. Successful and Innovative Community Partnerships
  2. Reaching Rural, Tribal and/or Underserved Communities
  3. Providing Enrichment Activities
  4. Bringing the Farm to Summer Meals
  5. Strategies to Improve Meal Quality

Links to the application package containing detailed information on the award categories, eligible nominees for each category, and the entry forms are provided below. Please note that all nominations are to be submitted to the Arizona Department of Education by Close of Business, September 30, 2016.

  1. 2016 Western Region Sunshine Awards Nomination Instructions
  2. 2016 Summer Sunshine Awards Entry Form for Sponsors
  3. 2016 Summer Sunshine Awards Entry Form for Partners