On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a Request for Information entitled, Food Crediting in Child Nutrition Programs. The Request for Information is now on public display at the Federal Register and may be reviewed by downloading from this link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/14/2017-26979/requests-for-information-food-crediting-in-child-nutrition-programs.
In order to claim Federal reimbursement, Child Nutrition Program operators must serve meals and snacks that meet the minimum meal pattern requirements of the respective Program. Crediting is the process designed by FNS to specify how individual food items contribute to the Child Nutrition Programs’ meal patterns. Several factors impact how food products can credit toward reimbursable meals, such as volume, weight, and overall nutrient profile. The purpose of this Request for Information is to help FNS gather feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders on how FNS’ crediting system can best address today’s evolving food and nutrition environment, as well as to offer first-rate customer service to those operating and benefitting from the Child Nutrition Programs.
The Request for Information will be available for public comment for 60 days. Electronic comments are preferred and may be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov beginning on December 14, 2017. State agencies are encouraged to distribute this information to all Child Nutrition Program Operators and all Child Nutrition Program stakeholders.
In addition, a webinar on this topic will be held Thursday, December 21, 2017, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
Title: Food Crediting in Child Nutrition Programs – Request for Information
Description: Please join the FNS staff as they discuss the Regulatory Action entitled, Food Crediting System for Child Nutrition Programs: Request for Information
Target Audience: All Audiences. State agencies are encouraged to distribute this information to all Child Nutrition Program Operators and all Child Nutrition Program stakeholders promptly to ensure all have the opportunity to participate.
To Participate: Log on to view the webinar on December 21 at 2:00 PM EST at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/lji75y0vcbhx&eom. Streaming audio will be available through your computer. If you are unable to use streaming through your computer, you can call in to listen to audio via your phone at the toll number 303-248-0285, Access Code: 6054013.
For Technical Support:
- U.S. and Canada: 800-843-9166
- International: 303-209-1600
- Email: [email protected]
- Web: Conferencing Support
If you are unable to attend the LIVE webinar, there will be a recording of the webinar announced and posted on the PartnerWeb a few weeks after the webinar’s completion.