Frequently Asked Questions

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Who Qualifies to Participate in the National School Lunch Program?

All public, charter, and private non-profit schools registered with the Florida Department of Education are eligible to sponsor the National School Lunch Program. Charter schools must also have an executed charter agreement with the school district, and private non-profit schools must have Federal tax exempt status.

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What is the Application Process?

The first step is to complete training and after completion, or at the end of each course, you have the option to access the online application and required documents. Once the application is complete, an Implementation Specialist will review the application for accuracy and completeness. The Implementation Specialist will schedule a preoperational visit. Once the pre-operational visit is complete, the application is submitted for approval to the supervisor of the National School Lunch Program. The application’s approval can take up to two weeks.

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Other Questions about the Online Application and Required Documents

The Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness has also scheduled quarterly workshops throughout the State to provide one-on-one assistance in completing the applications and required documents. If you have questions about these items or the dates of the workshop, you can call the Implementation Specialists at 1-800-504-6609, or submit a Help Desk ticket through the "Need Help?" page.

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Federal Tax Exempt Status/501(c)(3) Status

It item submitted showing a prospective sponsors Federal tax exempt status must be the IRS issued Affirmation Letter. The Florida tax exempt certificate cannot substitute for this requirement.

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How Long Does the Application Process Take?

From start to finish the process takes, on average, 8-10 weeks to complete. This is determined by the accuracy and completeness of the online application, timely scheduling of the pre-operational visit, and response time to any outstanding questions your Implementation Specialist may have.

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Common Delays?

The most common delays to the application process are completion of the Menus and Menu Certification, developing an wellness policy, and drafting accurate contracts for vendors. We recommend beginning work on these four items first after training is complete and the online application is started.

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Can Pre-kindergarten Grades Participate in the National School Lunch Program (PreK/VPK)?

Prekindergarten grades may participate in the program if they are part of a school that operates grades Kindergarten and higher. These 3-5 year olds must be enrolled in an educational program within the school.

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Can Daycares Participate in the National School Lunch Program?

While daycares cannot participate in the National School Lunch Program, they can participate in the Child Care Food Program operated through the Florida Department of Health. Would you like the phone number?

The Florida Department of Health’s phone number is 1-850-245-4323.

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For Questions Regarding the At Risk After School Care Program (Supper Program)?

The Supper Program is operated through the Florida Department of Health. Would you like the phone number?

The Florida Department of Health's phone number is 1(850)245-4323

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For Questions regarding the After School Snack Program.

Sponsors that participate in the National School Lunch Program can also participate in the After School Snack Program as operated through the Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness. If you want to participate in the After School Snack Program alone, then you will need to contact the Florida Department of Health. Would you like the phone number?

The Florida Department of Health’s phone number is 1-850-245-4323.

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Are There Any Additional Monies/Startup Funds?

No, school nutrition, or food service, departments should operate autonomously from their districts or other areas in the school. They must be self-sustaining, which includes being able to provide startup capital.

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What is FANS?

FANS is the Florida Automated Nutrition System. This system is where prospective sponsors apply, and also where current sponsors maintain their applications and file claims.

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Where Do I Get a Food Operating Permit/Sanitation Certificate?

The Food Operating Permit or Sanitation Certificate is a license issued by the Florida Department of Health to operate a food service establishment. To obtain this license, you must contact your local health department to schedule.

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What is a DUNS Number/SAM Registration/CAGE Code?

A DUNS number, SAM registration, and CAGE code are all required to receive Federal funds for reimbursement when operating the National School Lunch Program. The DUNS number is issued by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). You'll need your DUNS number to register with the System for Award Management, or SAM. Once registered with SAM, you’ll receive a CAGE code. Would you like the web addresses to register for these?

DUNS: fedgov.dnb.com/webform

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Length of Pre-operational Visit and Do I Have to Serve Food

A pre-operational visit usually last half a day and we will be observing your lunch service. Your lunch service should operate as if you are already on the National School Lunch Program. This means that items such as the Point of Service must be in place and Meal Count Procedures should be followed.

For more information about the pre-operational visit, please speak with your Implementation Specialist at 1-800-504-6609, or submit a Help Desk ticket through the "Need Help?" page.

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Última modificación: jueves, 11 de agosto de 2016, 09:11