Sec. 290-080-030-.03 - Responsibilities For Child Nutrition Programs

§ 290-080-030-.03. Responsibilities For Child Nutrition Programs

Each level of authority shall have the following responsibilities:

(1) Upon assignment by the State Superintendent of Education, the Child Nutrition Programs shall have the following responsibilities:

(a) To provide leadership and guidance in the overall administration and development of child nutrition programs.

(b) To administer federal and state Child Nutrition Program funds as provided by law or regulation.

(c) To prepare, issue, and keep current a Policies and Procedures Handbook, Alabama Child Nutrition Programs.

(d) To require that all programs for which federal reimbursement is granted shall meet at least the minimum standards established by the United States Department of Agriculture as provided in 7 CFR Parts 210, 215, 220, 225, 226, 227, 235, 240, 245, 250, and 252.

(e) To require that all programs meet at least minimum standards established by Alabama law and rules of the State Board of Education.

(f) To distribute the required state matching funds in such a manner as to comply with the provisions for state matching funds under the National School Lunch Act.

(g) To provide training for qualified supervision at the local school food authority level of operation.

(h) To certify and maintain records for certification of Child Nutrition Program Directors.

(2) Each school food authority and child and adult administering agency participating in child nutrition programs shall have the following responsibilities:

(a) To provide for the control, administration, supervision, and operation of all child nutrition programs operated under agreement with the State Department of Education in accordance with USDA and State Board of Education regulations.

(b) To provide necessary food service programs to meet nutritional needs of participants during hours of operation. These food service programs shall be appropriately scheduled. School programs shall include as a minimum a reimbursable lunch and if desired, a reimbursable breakfast, each priced as a unit. Supplemental foods which make a nutritional contribution to these meals may also be provided. Child and Adult Care shall include one or more of the approval meal types.

(c) A school food authority, a child and adult care sponsoring organization or an independent center may contract with a food service management company to operate programs in all or part of the schools or institutions serving meals covered by the contract; provided that, the school food authority, child and adult care sponsoring organization or independent center retains responsibility for the control and administration of the program, in compliance with the the program Agreement and federal regulations.

(d) To approve expenditures from program income for salaries, operating expenses, and equipment purchase as authorized by the State Department of Education and federal regulations.

(e) To adopt policies covering all phases of the district school food service program.

(f) To regulate the sale of food and beverage items in competition with the district approved food service program, including those classified as "foods of minimal nutritional value," listed in Code of Federal Regulations 210, Appendix B.

(g) To provide facilities and equipment necessary for the efficient and effective operation of food service programs.

(h) To adopt a policy for providing economically needy participants with free and reduced-priced meals and snacks that will comply with federal regulations. This policy shall include a plan for verifying economic need of participants and shall be approved by the State Superintendent of Education.

(i) To adopt policies prescribing procedures for purchases of food and nonfood items in compliance with the requirements of the Alabama Bid Law and the Federal Bid Law.

(j) To provide optional meal service to department approved nonprofit child nutrition sponsors of federal or state nutrition programs.

(3) The school principal and local school staff shall have the following responsibilities:

(a) To comply with federal and state laws, regulations and district school board policies.

(b) To affect, through classroom instruction and learning experiences outside the classroom, ways to increase the pupil's knowledge concerning nutrition.

(c) To schedule meal serving periods in such a manner as to permit and encourage maximum student participation in the food service program.

(4) To comply with state and federal rules and regulations in submitting claims and responses to monitoring, reviews and audits.

Author: Janice S. Wood

(Repromulgated September 11, 1981. Amended: Filed June 14, 1994; effective July 9, 1994.)

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 16-3-11 through 12, 16-3-19, 7 CFR 210 through 245, 247, 250.

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