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Healthy Food Certification (HFC)

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2020-21 Application Deadline is July 1, 2020

The annual HFC Statement is completed online in the CSDE’s Online Application and Claiming System for Child Nutrition Programs (CNP System).

NOTE: The 2020-21 application module for Child Nutrition Programs will be available in the CNP System in May 2020. The CSDE will notify sponsors when the 2020-21 CNP application module is open, at which time the HFC application module will also be available. In the meantime, all public school sponsors of the NSLP must follow the procedures below to ensure timely submission of the 2020-21 HFC Statement by the deadline of July 1, 2020.

HFC Application Procedures

Overview of Requirements

Districts must use the appropriate motion language and schedule the required votes at a meeting of the board of education or governing authority meeting that occurs before April 30, 2020, so the district can submit the final board-approved meeting minutes to the CSDE by July 1, 2020. The three votes include whether to:

  • adopt the healthy food option under HFC;
  • allow food exemptions to the healthy food option under HFC (if the district votes to implement the healthy food option); and
  • allow beverage exemptions under Section 10-221q of the Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) (if the district chooses to allow beverage exemptions).

Please carefully review Operational Memorandum No. 05-20: Process for Submitting the Healthy Food Certification (HFC) Statement for School Year 2019-20 for detailed information on each requirement. Districts must follow the specified instructions in this memo to ensure timely submission and CSDE approval of the 2020-21 HFC Statement.

Overview of Steps
  1. Schedule the required votes at a meeting of the board of education or governing authority that occurs before April 30, 2020, so the district can submit the final board-approved meeting minutes to the CSDE by July 1, 2020.
    • The CSDE cannot accept draft meeting minutes to approve the HFC application. Districts must schedule the initial board meeting early enough to enable timely submission of the final board-approved meeting minutes. If the board of education conducts the HFC votes in June, and final board approval of the June minutes does not occur until the next board meeting in July or August, the district will not be able to submit the final board-approved June minutes by July 1, 2020.
    • The board motion and final board-approved meeting minutes must include the specific criteria for the healthy food option and food exemptions required by C.G.S. Section 10-215f, and beverage exemptions required by C.G.S. Section 10-221q. For information on these requirements, see Operational Memorandum No. 05-20, and the CSDE's handout, Exemptions for Foods and Beverages in Public Schools.
  2. Conduct the required votes at the scheduled meeting of the board of education or governing authority in spring 2020. Until the CNP System opens (anticipated in May 2020), maintain a copy of the final board-approved meeting minutes indicating the results of the HFC votes for the healthy food option and food exemptions (and the vote for beverage exemptions, if applicable).
  3. This step will be completed in May 2020:  When the CSDE notifies districts that the CNP System is open, complete the online HFC application module and upload the final board-approved meeting minutes indicating the results of the HFC votes for the healthy food option and food exemptions, and the vote for beverage exemptions (if the district chooses to allow them). Note: The CSDE will provide instructions on how to access the HFC application module in May 2020. Please do not access the CNP System prior to receiving this notification.

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