August 16, 2018

August 2018

CDA Nutrition Update

August is here and it’s hot! We hope you’re getting outside to enjoy some summer fun while staying cool and hydrated. Juicy fruits like watermelon, grapes, and strawberries can help children stay hydrated in the heat and they’re delicious as a cold snack when refrigerated before serving. Cucumbers, tomatoes, and baby carrots are a few veggie options to help keep you hydrated throughout the summer months. Stay cool and enjoy!

Reminders

2018 Annual Trainings are complete! If you took the training online and have not yet submitted your signed/dated Annual Training Cover Page to the Nutrition Office, please do so immediately. Your training is not complete until we receive this form. You can print it from our website by clicking the Annual Training box and scrolling to Step 3- Submit Completion Form and clicking the Download button.

Tiering renewals were due by July 31st. Forms received after July will be processed in the month they are received; we are unable to process retroactively. If you have questions about tiering, please call Cecy in the Nutrition office at 619-427-4922.

Attendance in KidKare online must now be recorded in addition to meals. The first meal at which you serve a child, click “Check In” to mark them in attendance. After that, claim the child as usual for the rest of the day. The “Check In” box at meals does not affect or log time of arrival, it only marks daily attendance for the child for that day.

The State of California switched to a new system for budgeting and cash management on July 1st, 2018. This new system, called FI$Cal, may impact the timing of your CACFP reimbursements. Due to this new State system, your reimbursements may be paid out about 10 days later than you are currently used to.

The New Meal Pattern went into effect last year in October. We have all been learning the new guidelines, getting used to the changes, and the good news is we still have a few months left to become experts! However, on October 1st, 2018, meals that do not meet the new Meal Pattern guidelines will be disallowed. For example, meals containing breakfast cereals that exceed the sugar limit will be disallowed. If you submit your claim and have a day (or days) where no Whole Grain item has been claimed, your lowest paid meal for that day will be disallowed. We want you to succeed, so please ask for help if you need it!

Annual Renewal time is also approaching. By regulation, enrollments must be renewed annually. We will be sending a letter with instructions if you claim on-line. If you claim using scanner forms, we will mail the Annual Renewal Report form along with a letter of instructions. It is very important to follow the instructions.

The Annual Renewals will be sent as follows:

If your last name starts with the letter:

A – F: Your renewals were due July 15th. If you have not yet submitted them, please do so immediately.

G – L: Due Aug. 15th (mailed out at the end of July)
M – R: Due Sept. 15th (mailed out at the end of August)
S – Z: Due Oct. 15th (mailed out at the end of September)

It is important that your Annual Renewal Report is dated and submitted in the month that it is due, not before or after that date.

Save your labels for all grain products you normally offer at your CACFP meals. This is a State requirement.

Monitor adjustments have been necessary in certain areas over the last few months as we have been figuring out the best use of time and resources for our staff in multiple counties, so you may see a new CDA Monitor at your next home visit, but don’t worry! They’re all great!


Cucumber Caprese Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon each dried oregano & basil
  • 1 dash salt/pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1½ cups cherry tomatoes
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella

Directions:

In a small bowl mix together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried oregano, dried basil and a dash of salt and pepper; set aside. Peel the cucumber and chop into ½ inch piece. Place in medium sized bowl. Quarter the cherry tomatoes and add to the cucumbers. Cube mozzarella into ½ inch pieces, then add to the bowl with the cucumbers & tomatoes. Pour in the marinade and toss to combine. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

 

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