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USDA Announces More Flexibility for School Meals

The following post was written by Barry Sackin of Sackin & Associates

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Registration Just Got Easier! Announcing a New Partnership with FamilyID

Here at Heartland, our goal is to help make your life a little easier by providing innovative software and dedicated service – that goes not only for district staff, but for the parents in your communities as well.

To that end, we’re thrilled to announce that Heartland has chosen to partner with FamilyID, a leader in cloud-based registration platforms, which will streamline and simplify program registration and payments for parents and school administrators.

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How to Connect with School Nutrition Professionals in Your Area

Meeting and connecting with other nutrition professionals is a great way to help develop and grow your career in school nutrition. After all, your peers are your best resource to learn new tips and skills, understand best practices, and share success stories. Here are a number of ways you can connect with other school nutrition professionals in your area:

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Block Grants for School Meals

The following post was written by Barry Sackin of Sackin & Associates

Child Nutrition Reauthorization continues its arduous trek through the legislative process with a new wrinkle.  The House Committee on Education and the Workforce marked up its version of CNR in late May.  There are a few things in the bill that you will probably find appealing: an increase of 2¢ in breakfast reimbursement; elimination of the Paid Meal Equity provision; no additional reductions in sodium beyond Target 1; periodic reviews of meal standards based on science; and a return to the five year review cycle.  But there are two killer provisions in the bill as well: raising the threshold for the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) from 40% to 60%; and a three state, three year pilot for block-granting school meals.

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Where The Debate In Washington Heads Next

The following post was written by Barry Sackin of Sackin & Associates

In my last blog post, we talked about reauthorization and gave a first look at what’s in the Senate bill.  Today we will provide an update on CNR in Congress and look at some of the other school nutrition issues in the Senate bill.

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Heartland School Solutions Has a Brand New Look!

We're excited to announce the launch of our brand new website!

With the new site, you can learn more about Heartland’s latest product developments like MSB Anywhere - our mobile Point of Sale solution that allows you to take student payments anywhere on campus.

You can also find out what tradeshows and conferences we will be attending, or register for upcoming software training, like our Mosaic User Group Training or NUTRIKIDS Point of Sale online training. 

We’re thrilled about all the information we’ll be able to share with you on our new website and we hope you like it too.

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: What Is It and Why It Matters to You

The following post was written by Barry Sackin of Sackin & Associates

What is Child Nutrition Reauthorization?

This June will mark the 70th anniversary of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA), now named after Sen. Richard B. Russell from Georgia who is considered to be the father of the legislation.  When it was first enacted, the NSLA was what is called a “grant-in-aid” for states to develop and support school lunch programs.  Over the years, this approach has been replaced by the program we know today.  The way it has made the changes is through regular reauthorizations, or legislation that amends the law.  There have been almost two dozen reauthorizations over the past 70 years, as well as changes enacted in legislation between the regular schedule.

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4 Ways Your District Can Celebrate Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is the perfect time for a school community to come together and celebrate the spirit of the holiday with one another. How are you celebrating Thanksgiving in your district this year?

If you need a little inspiration, below are a few activities you can do with your staff and students to help you get into the spirit of the holiday.

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Newton 5.5 is Here!

From MCS Software, the latest version of Newton POS & Financials is now available and comes packed with new features and enhancements to help improve your daily operations.

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