ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : FIN-10-093

Date Created : 06/03/2010


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 12. 2010 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 12, 2010. 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 student eligibility status for the Child Nutrition Program, including the determining, certifying, confirming, hearing, and verifying officials need to register and attend this important training.

Included in this workshop will be a discussion of the 'Federal Policy Change to Extend Categorical Eligibility to All Students within Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Households” (formerly known as Food Stamp Households). Please print Commissioner’s Memo FIN-10-021 to refer to during the training. See below for additional information regarding handouts and resources needed for this training.


Please register for the workshop directly with the viewing location no later than Monday, August 9, 2010. 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, 501-767-2306
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
Flippin High School, 870-743-9100
Rogers Public Schools, 479-631-3539

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

Required Handout:

Each participant should print and bring a copy of the revised 2010 “Eligibility Manual for School Meals” from the Child Nutrition website to the training. This 133 page document can be printed by clicking the “Guidance” button and selecting “Eligibility.” On the page that displays, click on the 'Eligibility Manual for School Meals 2010,pdf' to print the manual. See also ADE Commissioner’s Memo FIN-10-066.

Any additional handouts may be printed after August 9, 2010 by going to the Child Nutrition webpage Click on the following:
Monthly ADE Distance Education
School Year 2010-11 Distance Education Program
August 2010

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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