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Overview of the State Agency's role and responsibilities


Nerissa Bretania Underwood Ph.D.

Superintendent of Education

State Director for the

USDA Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs

 

Ike C. Santos

GDOE Federal Programs Administrator

Food and Nutrition Services Management Division

Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs

 



CHILD NUTRITION and FOOD PROGRAMS OVERVIEW
 
The designated State Agency responsible for administering the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP), Food Distribution Programs (FDP) and State Administrative Expense (SAE) Funds made available to the Territory of Guam by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is the Guam Department of Education (GDOE).
 
The Superintendent of Education is the official entrusted with binding signature authority for documents required in the administration of the Child Nutrition Programs within the Guam DOE. The designated office within the GDOE responsible is the Food and Nutrition Services Management Division (FNSMD). 
The FNSMD is responsible for developing and administering the program plans, budgets, policies, standards and specifications for the USDA Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs which receives funds and commodities from the USDA grants for the Territory of Guam. The GDOE holds the agreement with the USDA, FNS and serves as the primary contact with the USDA for all issues concerning the administration and operation of the Child Nutrition Programs by the Food and Nutrition Services Management Division whom administers the following Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs:
Child Nutrition Programs:
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • School Breakfast Program (SBP)
  • After School Snack Program (ASP) under the NSLP
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
 Food Distribution Programs:
  • Schools
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
School Meal Initiative
Team Nutrition
 
 The Food and Nutrition Services Management Division (FNSMD) is committed to ensuring the overall availability and effectiveness of program services to all children, their families, schools, Institutions and Sponsors on Guam. The intent of this program is to assist participants in developing their capacity to meet the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) and to serve as a convenient resource in accessing information and referrals for other service programs.
 
The FNSMD develops standards consistent with the intent to maximize participation in the Child Nutrition Programs and Food Distribution Programs. These developed standards provide guidance for implementation of consistent nutritional standards and best practices to effectively address food security issues island-wide. These standards will be reviewed in collaboration with Guam Schools and stakeholders (local and federal government, private entities, parents, students, school administrators and staff), in efforts to provide the flexibility needed to administer these programs with the resources available in our island community while requiring them to maintain a level of program excellence. 
 
The FNSMD administers the Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs to the Guam Department of Education (GDOE), Department of Defense Domestic Dependents schools, Child Day Care Centers or Homes (private and military), and the Department of Youth Affairs (DYA) Residential Child Care Institution (RCCI) which involves: 
 
  • Reimbursement of federal program funds to all participating LEA’s, Sponsors, and Institutions participating in the programs for meals served
  • Assist Schools in the marketing and promotion of eating nutritious foods
  • Ensures Compliance of the Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs
  • Training and Technical Assistance
  • School Meals Initiative
  • Administers the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) in which provides, USDA commodities to Guam’s households and individuals who are economically challenged
  • Developed and implemented policies:
*  Food Service Agreement
*  Free and Reduced-Price Policy Statement
*  Program Application/Site Sheet
*  Letter to Households, Free and Reduced-Price School Meals Application, Sharing Information
*  Notification and Verification Letters
*  Monthly and Daily Verification Meal Count System Information Sheet
*  After School Snack Program Eligibility Application
*  Media Release
*  Criteria for Eligibility of Programs
   
  • Program Implementation, Compliance and Administration:
*  Manages the distribution of USDA commodities to schools participating in the National School Lunch/Breakfast and Summer Food Service Programs and to households and individuals economically challenge participating in the Emergency Food Assistance Program
*  Maintain records, information, and security on the process of USDA commodities to all Guam Public Schools
*  Purchase Food Commodities for all GDOE schools through the official US Government (on-line) Ordering (DSCP-DFAS) and the Electronic Commodities Ordering Systems (ECOS)
*  Provide Technical Assistance on On-Site Reviews conducted and conduct Coordinated Review Effort (CRE) Reviews to all Guam Public Schools
*  Manages Inventory of USDA Commodities, Equipments, and Supplies to GDOE cafeterias and TEFAP Warehouse Commodity Storage *  After School Snack Program Eligibility Application
*  Surveys Damage Commodities, Cafeteria Equipments and Clearance of Containers at Sea Port entry
*  Inspects commodities for compliance with specifications
*  Food Safety Inspections and Sanitations in collaboration with Department of Public Health
*  Implement the Wellness Policy, HACCP guidelines on Food Safety and corrective actions to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programs
*  Provide technical assistance, presentations, and delivers public information to the community via television, radio talk shows, news, and coordinate with other GDOE Divisions and collaborate with other Government Agencies