2017 Champions of Breakfast Awards

ADE and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Western Regional Office are pleased to release nomination materials for the 2017 Champions of Breakfast Awards.

These awards will recognize the outstanding achievements of School Food Authorities (SFAs) and individual schools that impressively administer the National School Breakfast Program (SBP) and provide nutritious morning meals to children in the Western Region states. The 2017 Champions of Breakfast Award categories for nomination are:

  1. Successful Startup of a New School Breakfast Program
  2. Implementation of an Innovative School Breakfast Model
  3. Boosting Breakfast Meal Quality
  4. Tradition of Excellence in Serving School Breakfast

You can read more information about the nomination process here.
Click here for the nomination form.
Please submit all nominations to Cara Peczkowski ([email protected]) by January 27, 2017.

Contact Cara Peczkowski or Erin Raczynski with any questions about the awards:
[email protected] 602-542-8711
[email protected] 602-542-5075

We look forward to celebrating your School Breakfast Program achievements!

4th Annual Summer Food Service Program Summit


February 14, 2017

Schools and Non-Profits
Registration 7:00 a.m.
Welcome 8:00 a.m.

Mesa Convention Center

To Register for the 2017 Summer Food Summit go to: ADE Connect


Technology with CNPs

Are you shopping for an online school meals application for the first time or considering upgrading/replacing your current system?
A guide has been released by the Social Interest Solutions and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to give insight when selecting a School Meals Online Application!
Check out ADE’s new webpage, Technology with CNPs, to access this guide.

The School Nutrition Association will also be hosting a webinar about this guide on Wednesday November 30 at noon. You can register for the webinar here.

Verification- Phase 4: Report



Everything Verification is found here! Click here for Verification Best Practices Calendar, program forms and resources to help you through the Verification Activities and submitting the CNP Verification Report!

Food Safety and The Use of Locally Grown Produce Including School Gardens

  • School Garden to Café Programs have become a popular method to incorporate locally grown foods into school meal programs over the last five years. Earlier this year, language changed in Arizona legislature that specifically accepts school garden grown produce as an approved source. HNS 11-2016: Safely Using Produce Grown from School Gardens in School Meal Programs provides several resources for schools interested in coordinating and successful and safe garden to café program.
  • The Locally Grown, Fresh, Raw, Whole Fruits and Vegetables memo was provided to school food buyers to identify their role in identifying food safety measures from new foods vendors, like local farms. The Locally Grown, Fresh, Raw, Whole Fruits and Vegetables memo provides the myriad of options available to buyers to that can address the mitigation of food borne illness when buying from a new or unfamiliar food vendor.

School Food Programs- Surplus Manager

School Food Programs
Great news!  Surplus Manager is up and running!
Bonus Items available.


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 .