June 29, 2012

WEBINAR INVITATION: Additional 6 cent lunch reimbursement

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). The regulations state that July 1 is the first date that school districts can begin submitting information for certification. However, Illinois is still receiving information and being trained on the certification process by USDA and will not be able to in turn provide training to School Districts on the Illinois certification process and procedures until July 17, 2012, at which time we will also post 6 cent certification instructions and worksheets specific to Illinois schools at http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/nslp-hhfka-fbmp-ns.htm. To train School Districts, ISBE Nutrition Programs Division will host a webinar on July 17 1:00-3:30 pm CDT with a repeat on July 24 1:00-3:30 pm CDT.  It is anticipated that School Districts will be able to submit the certification documentation beginning July 18, 2012.  

Thank you for your patience as the certification process and procedures is rolled out to School Districts the week of July 16.  Please be assured that your application for certification will be approved in a timely manner to ensure that you will received the additional 6 cents of reimbursement for compliant meals served beginning October 1, 2012.
July 17 (1:00-3:30 pm CDT), register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/328884497
July 24 (1:00-3:30 pm CDT), register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/557546817   

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

If you have questions in the meantime, please check What's New at http://www.isbe.net/nutrition or contact us at 800/545-7892 or cnp@isbe.net.