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Child Nutrition

Contact Info:

          Region IX Education Service Center

301 Loop 11

Wichita Falls, Texas 76306

(940)322-6928

FAX: (940) 761-5304

 

Mr. Kenny Miller

Director, District Operations

kenny.miller@esc9.net

 

 

 

Travis Neville                                                          Donna Moore

Child Nutrition Specialist                                       Child Nutrition Specialist

Schools                                                                    CACFP & SFSP

travis.neville@esc9.net                                         donna.moore@esc9.net

 

 

Carol Patterson, RDN, LD                                       Debbie Standley

Child Nutrition Specialist                                       Technical Assistant 

Schools                                                                debbie.standley@esc9.net

Child Nutrition

Serving the nutritional needs of school children and children in daycare, child care centers, and Head Start programs by offering low-cost nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the school day to help establish good eating habits.

Child Nutrition is a federally funded program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered through Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).  Programs served in the Region 9 area include:

          Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

          Food Distribution Program (FDP)

          National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

          Afterschool Care Program (ASCP)

          Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

          Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)

          School Breakfast Program (SBP)

          Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

More information regarding the above programs can be found at www.squaremeals.org

Region 9 Child Nutrition Specialists provide information, technical assistance, and support for program compliance, nutrition, and management.  Workshops, training and on-site contact with child nutrition directors and staff at the school districts and directors at home daycares, care centers, and Head Start programs are effective methods to ensure programs are safe, efficient and compliant with USDA and TDA regulations. 

All Region 9 school districts have the opportunity to enter into an inter-local agreement for participation in the West Texas Food Service Coop, which grants buying power in both commercial and commodity purchases allowing schools to be fiscally responsible.

Region 9 CACFP encompasses home daycare, care centers, and Head Start.

More information regarding the above programs can be found at www.squaremeals.org

 

 

Food Purchasing Cooperative

The Food Service Purchasing Cooperative provides member districts with access to a multi-regional purchasing pool, resulting in increased cost savings for child nutrition products.  In addition to the cost savings for food products, cooperative participation also reduces costs associated with the advertising and bidding processes.  Administration of commodity processing provides assistance in tracking product availability for commodity processed items.  

Services provided:

  • Access to multi-regional purchasing pool, resulting in cost savings
  • Commodity processing assistance and training
  • Nutritional analysis for each food product sold through the cooperative
  • Coordination of food purchasing activities with other ESCs to meet legal procedures required for food purchasing bids
  • Liaison services between food vendor and district/charter to resolve concerns or delays

Additional supplemental cooperatives are provided to assist member districts and charters in the areas of computerized nutrition analysis of menus, cooperative commodity processing, and menu planning.

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,

color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Menu Planning Cooperative

The menu planning cooperative is designed to provide assistance to school district/charter personnel in menu planning for the child nutrition program.  Technical assistance is offered to assist districts/charters in meeting established nutritional requirements.   

Services provided:

  • Menu design for district/charter child nutrition programs to meet established nutritional requirements as outlined in the SMIs