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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

To: 
Experienced Summer Food Service Program Sponsors, Potential New Summer Food Service Program Sponsors, Food Service Management Companies, Nutrition Advocates, Department of Health Officials
From: 
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Director
Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2019
Subject: 
Mandatory Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Training for All Sponsors

Sponsor training is mandatory for all experienced and potential new Summer Food Service Program sponsors. The New York State Education Department (SED) will conduct seven training workshops and three webinars in March, April and May. SED will offer separate training webinars for experienced sponsors and potential sponsors. Webinar attendance fulfills the mandatory training requirement. All training locations and webinar dates are listed on page three.

Training workshops and the webinars will provide a comprehensive overview of program administration and operations as well as recent changes that will take effect in 2019. Each training workshop is divided into breakout sessions that will provide participants with the regulatory requirements specific to how they plan to operate their program. Please refer to the daily training schedule and session descriptions by following the link below for more information. SED suggests more than one person from your organization attend training in order to obtain all relevant information from the breakout sessions. Please review the topics that will be provided at training and be sure that the appropriate people from your organization attend training. Additionally, you should review how you operate or plan to operate and choose the appropriate sessions to attend. Training summaries will be available on our web site. Food service management company representatives, nutrition advocates, Department of Health officials and other persons interested in learning about the program are encouraged to attend.

A live webinar designed specifically for experienced sponsoring organizations will be conducted on March 14th and covers new USDA memos. SED will review mapping tools to help facilitate effective outreach strategies for your program.

A two-part live webinar designed specifically for potential new SFSP sponsors will be conducted on March 15th and March 19th, attendance at both is required. The first part, conducted on March 15th  will address basic administrative program requirements and the application process. The second part, conducted on March 19th will address operational requirements of the program.

Please register for training by March 8, 2019. Experienced sponsors with a Child Nutrition Management System password may register for training online by following the directions on page four. Otherwise, please complete and return page five, “Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Training Registration Form.”

The training session on April 9, 2019 at Beth Rachel High School focuses on sponsors that operate camp sites and intend to claim 3 meals in the SFSP. In an effort to provide additional guidance, SED will also provide a review of closed enrolled site information. All sponsors who operate camp sites are welcome to attend. The first session from 9:00am to 10:00am is for potential sponsors. The general session will begin at 10:15am and is for experienced and potential new sponsors.  Please note that a camp and closed enrolled session will be part of the daily schedule at all other locations. If your organization operates open sites as well as other site types, it is in your best interest to attend one of the other training sessions throughout the state to gain information regarding the other site types.

Click Here for Training Dates, Locations, Topics , and Registration Form

All training locations are handicapped accessible and held at facilities, which will, to the greatest extent possible, meet the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities. If special accommodations are required, or if you have any questions, please contact Mr. Keith Quenneville at (518) 486-1086.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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:

(1)     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.

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de seas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en linea en:http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: 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; o

(3)     correo electrónicoprogram.intake@usda.gov.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

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