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Coordinated ReviewEffort(CRE)Administrative Reviewof the School Nutrition Programs

What is CRE?

U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations require the Department of Public Instruction to evaluate program compliance and provide consultative and technical assistance for local educational agencies participating in the School Nutrition Programs. To meet this requirement, we conduct on-site evaluations, using USDA required procedures called Coordinated Review Effort.

If More Than One School, How Many and Which Ones Will Be Reviewed?

If you have more than one school listed on Schedule A of your on-line contract, you will need to complete aSchool Selection Worksheet.

  • Worksheet will be sent to you by the consultant assigned to your review.

  • Complete the form using claim information for the month of October 2011:

    • School name

    • Number of serving days

    • Number of free eligible

    • Number of free lunches claimed

CRE Review Areas(process used to review both lunch and breakfast programs)

  • Coordinated Review Effort – Critical

    • Performance Standard 1

      • Summary of Certification and Benefit Issuance

      • Meal Counting and Claiming

      • Updating Eligibility

CRE Review Areas

  • Coordinated Review Effort – Critical

    • Performance Standard 2

      • Lunch Components

        What are your menu

        planning and offer

        versus serve options?

CRE Review Areas

  • Coordinated Review Effort – General

    • Free and Reduced Price Process

      • Overt Identification

      • Verification Process – can result in fiscal action if changes in eligibility as determined during the process were not made.

      • Denied Applications

    • Meal Patterns for Lunch

      • Portion sizes to meet meal pattern requirements

      • Production records

      • Crediting Documentation (CN labels, spec sheets, etc.)

      • Variety of milk, plain or flavored low fat and fat free milk

      • Correct implementation of Offer vs Serve

CRE Review Areas

  • Coordinated Review Effort – General (con’t)

    • Civil Rights Compliance

      • Completion of Civil Rights Self Evaluation Form

      • Outreach to community & grassroots organizations

      • Civil Rights training for frontline staff

      • Documentation to support accommodation of special dietary needs

      • “and Justice for All” poster

    • Monitoring Responsibilities

      • Edit checks by site for lunch

      • On-site monitoring for agencies with multiple sites completed by February 1

CRE Review Areas

  • Coordinated Review Effort – General (con’t)

    • Reporting and Recordkeeping

    • Food Safety

      • Food Safety Plan Based on HACCP Principles

        (extends to all programs including National School Lunch Program, Afterschool Snack Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

      • Food safety inspections completed

      • Most current report posted in a public area

Regulatory Evaluation of Operations

  • Water Availability during National School Lunch Program Service

  • Student Involvement

  • Competitive Foods

  • Purchasing Practices

  • USDA Foods Distribution Program (Commodities)

  • Financial Management System

  • School Wellness Policy

  • Any grants received for

    the current school year

Other Programs

  • School Breakfast Program

  • Special Milk Program

  • Wisconsin School Day Milk Program

  • Elderly Nutrition Improvement Program

  • After School Care Snack Program

  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Milk Programs

  • Special Milk Program

    • Only available to half-day

      students that do not have

      access to School Breakfast

      and/or Lunch

  • Wisconsin School Day Milk Program

    • Provides free milk for milk break (milk served other than at scheduled meal times) for students in Pre-K through 5th grade who are eligible for free and reduced price meals.

      Claims for both milk programs must be based on an acceptable and accurate point of service accountability system!

CRE Webpage

You will find links to webcasts, resources, forms and other information for each of the review areas categorized on our CRE webpage at:

How Will You Know If There Are Program Changes?

  • Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Reauthorization of Child Nutrition Programs)

  • Really Simple Syndication (RSS Feeds)

  • Facebook Page and Twitter – connect from our main webpage

Have Questions??Looking for More Information??

Have you visited our website lately?

  • You’ll find lots of information on the various areas of the Child Nutrition Programs.

    It’s available 24/7

Think you missed a mailing?

All mailings for the

current school year,

Including the Back to

School mailing, are

posted to our website at:

Thank you for your participation today!

The students of Wisconsin benefit from the nutritious meals you provide to them!

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.For Food Distribution on Indian Reservations discrimination is also prohibited on the bases of religion and political beliefs. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights (Office of Adjudication), 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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