August 24, 2012



New 6 Cent Menu Certification Worksheets and USDA Training Videos

Dear National School Lunch Program Sponsor:

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) requires all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program to implement the new food based meal pattern requirements starting School Year 2012-2013.  Information on the new food based meal pattern requirements is available at http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/nslp-hhfka-fbmp-ns.htm

The HHFKA provides for an additional 6 cents of reimbursement for each lunch meal served in districts that have been certified.  The additional 6 cents of reimbursement is available for lunches served starting October 1, 2012, but cannot be awarded until all sites within the district are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).   Menu certification worksheets, worksheet instructions, attestation statement, and NEW USDA developed training videos are now available at http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/nslp-hhfka-6cent.htm.  Completed menu certification worksheets and attestation statements must be submitted to ISBE electronically using the nsl6cent@isbe.net email address.