[Curriculum Directors] Fw: Summer and After School Programs Funding Opportunity. Do not miss out!

Anderson, Matthew Matthew.Anderson at schools.utah.gov
Fri Mar 24 09:50:37 MDT 2017


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Child Nutrition Program Sponsors and Partners,



Disclaimer:  We at the Utah State Board of Education Child Nutrition Programs recognize the following e-mail and attachments are long, detailed, and maybe a bit overwhelming, but please read them anyway. They contain information that can change lives for the better. [😊]   Please forward to those important decision makers you know that are looking for additional funding opportunities to improve outcomes for the children in their communities and classrooms.



By offering after school and summer programs that include a meal service you help to ensure the children of Utah have adequate access to safe and nutritious foods when school is not in session. Meeting this basic need is essential to their establishment of a healthy eating pattern and development of a strong foundation for academic achievement. We have the opportunity to work together to make sure children are focused and at their best as they participate in activities after the traditional school day, and year, has ended. Ensuring children have consistent access to quality foods each day is shown to improve health, behavior, and academic outcomes.  Participation in after school and summer programs is key in the healthy development for preschool children, as well as in closing the achievement and summer learning gap for many low income students.



Attached is the October Survey for SY2017. Included in the the workbook are three worksheets: the complete October Survey, schools that are at least 50% free and reduced (F/R),  and a worksheet of those schools that are 40-49.994%. Please remember that the October Survey is a great place to start when determining program eligibility, but there are many factors to consider when determining area eligibility based on school data, as well as many other ways sites can qualify for the various Child Nutrition Programs.


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After school Programs:

National School Lunch Program After school Snack Program (ASP):

Offers federal reimbursement for a snack served to participants of school based after school enrichment programs during the school year. All school sites with enrichment activities that participate on the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) will qualify for the ASP. If the site is under 50% F/R, snacks served to participants are reimbursed at the free, reduced, and paid rate. However in schools that are 50% or greater F/R, all snacks served to participants are reimbursed at the free rate.



Child and Adult Care Program (CACFP) At-risk After school Meal Program (ASMP):

Offers federal reimbursement for a meal and/or a snack, or two snacks, at qualifying sites during the school year that offer after school programming and fall within the attendance/enrollment boundaries of a school that is at least 50% F/R.  School F/R information, to include Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) information, are the only types of data that can be used to qualify after school programs. A school's (F/R)% can be taken from the attached October Survey or from the last operating day of a more recent month. ASP eligibility is good for 1 year. ASMP eligibility is good for 5 years of continual operation.

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Summer Programs:

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP):

The SFSP was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals that meet Federal nutrition guidelines are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children. A sponsoring organization must be a public or private non-profit. Some sponsor types include: school food authority (SFA); college or university; residential summer camp; a unit of local, county, municipal, State, or Federal Government; food banks, libraries, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCA, churches and many other types of private non-profit organization. Sites can be located in a wide variety of locations such as schools, parks, libraries, pools, and community centers. Sponsors may be reimbursed for up to two meal types per day. Camps and migrant sites may be approved to serve up to three meals per day.



Seamless Summer Option(SSO):

This is a component of the NSLP and is an administratively streamlined version of the SFSP for schools participating in the NSLP. Like the SFSP the purpose is to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Although only sponsored by schools, summer sites may be established in the same types of locations as the SFSP such as schools, parks, libraries, pools, and community centers. Sites must be located in low-income areas and sponsors can be reimbursed for up to two meal types per day. All meals are reimbursed at the same rate as they would if served under the NSLP to include state reimbursement and USDA Foods entitlement.



Data used to determine eligibility varies by site type in both of the summer programs:  (sites qualified using school or census data are eligible for 5 years of continual operation).


Open Sites:

•         School Data

•         Census Data to include Census Block Averaging or Census Tract Data

•         Public Housing, local zoning, economic surveys)

•         Tribal Lands Data

Closed Enrolled Sites (must also offer an enrichment activity):

•         School Data

•         Census Data to include Census Block Averaging or Census Tract Data

•         Public Housing , local zoning, economic surveys)

•         Tribal Lands Data

•         F/R data of enrolled participants

Camps/Upward Bounds/Migrant

•         F/R or Migrant Data of enrolled participants (migrant sites must primarily serve migrant participants)

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Area Eligibility Using School Data: In addition to the October Survey sponsors may use data from the last operating day of a more recent month to qualify sites for after school and summer programs. Remember that the site must be located in the school attendance area/enrollment boundaries of a qualifying school. However the school where the program is located does not necessarily have to qualify. For example you could have an after school  or summer program located in a high school that does not qualify as 50% F/R. If that high school is physically located within the enrollment boundaries of a qualifying Jr. High or elementary, the high school would be program eligible. School data can be used to qualify other non-school sites that are located within a qualifying schools enrollment boundaries.



Specialty schools and charter schools that are at least 50% F/R can also participate in after school or summer program and use their school data to qualify a program located at their site. However, since these types of schools do not have defined enrollment boundaries they cannot qualify other locations. For example XYZ Charter School is 50% F/R and has an after school tutoring program. It would qualify for the after school and summer programs. However, there is a community center just across the street from XYZ Charter School offering a reading program. The community center cannot use XYZ Charter Schools F/R data to qualify based on area eligibility.



If busing or school choice policies may have impacted the F/R data please contact our office for assistance.



Included in the October Survey is a column to indicate which schools listed cannot be used for area eligibility determinations. If you think a school as been identified incorrectly please contact our office. If you would like more information on how to determine and document site eligibility click on the link below for the (USDA SFSP Administrative Guidance for Sponsors pg. 12).



Please contact our office if you would like to learn more about after school and summer programs, or have questions about site eligibility.



Additional Information and Resources:

•         Reimbursement Rates (all CNP Programs)<http://schools.utah.gov/cnp/Reimbursement-Rates.aspx>

•         Afterschool Meals:

o   NSLP Afterschool Snack Program<https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/afterschool-snacks>

o   Fact Sheet<https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/AfterschoolFactSheet.pdf>

o   FAQs<https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/afterschool-snacks-faqs>

•         CACFP At-risk Afterschool Meals Program:

o   Overview<https://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/afterschool-programs>

o   How to Participate Fact Sheet<https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFPfactsheet_atrisk.pdf>

o   FAQs<https://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/afterschool-meals>

o   USDA Handbook<https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cn/atriskhandbook.pdf>

•         Summer Meals:

o   USDA Summer Meals Website<https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program>

o   USDA Summer Meals Toolkit<https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-meals-toolkit>

o   Summer Meals Fact Sheet<https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/sfsp/SFSP-Fact-Sheet.pdf> and Frequently Asked Questions<https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/frequently-asked-questions>

o   USDA SFSP Administrative Guidance for Sponsors<https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/sfsp/SFSP_Admin_Guide_Sept2016.pdf>

o   Seamless Summer Option<https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/opportunity-schools>

•         Eligibility Mapping Tools:

o   https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/mapping-tools-summer-meal-programs

o   https://bestpractices.nokidhungry.org/sponsor-center/averaged-eligibility-map



Thank you,



Matthew Anderson

Summer and Afterschool Coordinator

Utah State Board of Education

801-538-7682

matthew.anderson at schools.utah.gov<mailto:matthew.anderson at schools.utah.gov>




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