Arkansas Department of Education Menu Planning Flexibility: Sodium Target 1 to Remain in Effect for SY 2017-18

Memo Information

Memo Number
CNU-17-053
Memo Date
5/31/2017
Memo Type
Regulatory
Section
Child Nutrition
Regulatory Authority
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-31) Section 747; Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (7 CFR 210.10(f)(3) and 220.9(f)(3)); USDA Memo SP 32-2017
Response Required
NO
Attention
Superintendents; Principals

Contact Information

Memo Text

ATTENTION CO-OP DIRECTORS, CHILD NUTRITION DIRECTORS AND CHILD NUTRITION MANAGERS

 

 

On May 1, 2017, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a proclamation announcing several menu planning flexibilities that highlight USDA’s commitment to assisting schools in serving healthy and appealing school meals.  In his Proclamation, Secretary Perdue specifically directed the Food and Nutrition Service to begin the process to amend the regulations for the school meal programs with respect to sodium, whole grains, and flavored milk.

 

On May 5, 2017, Congress enacted the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.  Section 747 of the Appropriations Act provides flexibilities to whole grains, sodium, and flavored milk for school year (SY) 2017-18.

 

For SY 2017-18, schools must continue to meet Sodium Target 1.

 

 

Sodium Reduction: Target 1

School Breakfast Program

Age/Grade Group

(mg)

K-5

≤ 540

6-8

≤ 600

9-12

≤ 640

 

 

Sodium Reduction: Target 1

National School Lunch Program

Age/Grade Group

(mg)

K-5

≤ 1,230

6-8

≤ 1,360

9-12

≤ 1,420

 

The Child Nutrition Unit will continue to support local Child Nutrition Directors and Managers in their efforts to reduce sodium with resources, technical assistance, and information, including the attached CNU Sodium Estimator Tool.

 

This memo addresses only the sodium flexibility for SY 2017-18.  Additional memos will be released as the Child Nutrition Unit and the USDA Southwest Regional Office confirm procedures and processes for accepting exemption forms and documentation from Arkansas school districts that request exemptions for whole grains and flavored milk.

 

This memo supersedes ADE Commissioner’s Memo CNU-17-042.