ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : FIN-10-003

Date Created : 07/24/2009


Co-op Directors
other: Child Nutrition Directors
Child Nutrition Determining Officials

Type of Memo: Regulatory
Response Required: No
Section:   Fiscal and Administrative Services - William J. Goff, Assistant Commissioner
August 13, 2009 Distance Learning-Free and Reduced Price Meal Eligibility and Application

Regulatory Authority:
7 CFR 245

Contact Person:
Karen Franklin

Phone Number:


A Distance Learning Workshop entitled FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEAL ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PROCESS will be presented on THURSDAY, August 13, 2009. This three-hour workshop, covering current regulations and the “Eligibility Manual for School Meals”, will be offered from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. All district personnel involved in determining eligibility for the Child Nutrition Program, including the determining, certifying, confirming, hearing, and verifying officials, need to register and attend this important training.


Please register for the workshop directly with the viewing location no later than Monday, August 10, 2009. Follow each site’s process for registration.

The following educational cooperatives will host this Workshop:

Arch Ford, Room 1, Plumerville , 501-354-2269
Arkansas River, Room 1, Pine Bluff , 870-534-6129
Crowley’s Ridge, Room 2 Harrisburg , 870-578-5426
Dawson, Room 1, Arkadelphia , 870-246-3077
DeQueen/Mena, DM #1, Gillham , 870-386-2251
Great Rivers, Instructional Bldg., West Helena , 870-338-6461
Northcentral, Room 1, Melbourne , 870-368-7955
Northeast, Room 1, Walnut Ridge , 870-886-7717
Northwest, Room 1, Farmington , 479-267-7450
OUR Coop, Room 2, Harrison, 870-743-9100
South Central, Room 2, Camden , 870-836-2213
Southeast, Room 1, Monticello , 870-367-6848
Southwest, Lab 1, Hope , 870-777-3076
Western, Room 1, Branch , 479-965-2191
Wilbur D. Mills, Room 2, Beebe , 501-882-5467

Additional viewing locations:

Centerpoint High School, Room 308
Lake Hamilton, Admin., Pearcy
Hot Springs, H.S. Rm. 1011, Hot Springs
Tri-District, Fuller Admin., Little Rock, 501-538-0303
Tri-District, Metro. Tech Ctr., Little Rock, 501-538-0303
Van Buren, Central Office, Van Buren

Training will be cancelled at any site that does not have a registered participant by the deadline.


Each participant should bring a copy of the “Eligibility Manual for School Meals” (purple cover), to the training. This document can be printed from Commissioner’s Memo FIN-09-008 or from the Child Nutrition webpage: Click on the purple Eligibility button.

Any additional handouts may be printed after August 10, 2009, by going to the Child Nutrition webpage Click on the following:
Monthly ADE Distance Education
School Year 2009-10 Distance Education Program
August 2009

For questions regarding the workshop content, please contact Rita Hamilton or Karen Franklin of the Child Nutrition Unit (CNU), Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) at 501-324-9502. For questions regarding site participation, please contact Dr. Wynona Bryant – Williams at 501-324-9502.


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