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NSLP Administrative Reviews

When the Administrative review cycle changed from five years to three years, those states with hundreds of smaller districts found themselves in quite a bind. With very little additional funding, State Agencies now had to accomplish everything they were doing previously, plus add Resource Management and Procurement Reviews, in two years less time.
One state with hundreds of smaller SFAs contracted with CN Resource to complete over 175 Administrative reviews the first year and then at least 100+ each year thereafter to help keep them on schedule with USDA/FNS timelines. The CN Resource team followed the exact procedures as their State Agency staff to ensure consistency among the various work products and deliverables.

Administrative Reviews (NSLP)

CN Resource specializes in conducting Administrative Reviews (AR) of school nutrition programs!  We work hand- in-hand with our State Agency partners to complete the reviews according to state specific expectations.  Our diverse team includes experts in Resource Management, Procurement, Menu Compliance, and the onsite aspects of the review, who are well trained and knowledgeable in USDA regulations.  We help each individual sponsor throughout the entire review process to raise them to the level of compliance.  This includes providing technical assistance as well as guiding them to resources provided by their State Agencies and the USDA.

Resource Management Reviews

CN Resource assists state agencies in conducting accurate and efficient resource management reviews. Under the direction of an on-staff CPA, the CN Resource team conducts reviews as part of the AR service or as a stand-alone service in which the team works alongside the state agency’s AR staff. Whether the AR reviewers are from the state agency or from CN Resource, our team partners with child nutrition specialists, bringing the financial training and specialization necessary for the successful completion of the AR.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Administrative Reviews

CN Resource staff members excel in assisting state agencies with conducting effective CACFP administrative reviews. With experts in this rigorously detailed process, our experienced reviewers provide technical assistance when onsite, working directly with sponsors to help them prepare for the sponsor portion of the review. Team leads have also helped to develop electronic documents and new procedures to facilitate review completion and reporting, as well as ensuring that accurate reports are given to the state agency.

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CACFP Reviews

A very ambitious Governor challenged his State Agency to expand CACFP participation by record numbers. The State Agency was able to meet the Governor’s wishes but it placed a huge strain on review team resources. CN Resource was contracted to complete 100+ CACFP reviews each year to help the State Agency comply with USDA/FNS timelines. The CACFP team also helped implement best practices from other State Agencies that they had worked with to bring efficiency and consistency to the review process.

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Summer Food Reviews

What happens when a State Agency runs one of the most successful Summer Food Service Programs in the country? They end up needing a little help for a couple of months to get all of the reviews of sites and sponsors completed in a timely manner. CN Resource sent in a team of seven reviewers to complete 125 sites and 65 sponsors over 60 days allowing the State Agency to focus on new sponsors, training, program quality, and program outreach.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Reviews

CN Resource has extensive experience completing SFSP reviews in several states. Review options include unannounced site visits as well as scheduled sponsor reviews. Team leads work directly with sponsors to prepare them for the sponsor portion of the review, and provide valuable guidance to summer staff while onsite. CN Resource works closely with the state agency to ensure reviews are conducted according to the state’s preference.

Procurement Reviews

CN Resource has a dedicated team that works directly with our state agency partners to complete Procurement Reviews. This includes working closely with each SFA/LEA providing answers to questions and guidance throughout the review. Extensive technical assistance is provided to help each sponsor become compliance with program regulations.

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Procurement Reviews

Whether it is SMIs, 6 cent Menu Certifications, Resource Management Reviews, or Procurement Reviews, any new USDA/FNS initiative is going to tax a State Agency’s resources, especially those with hundreds, and even thousands of sponsors. CN Resource has a long history of partnering with State Agencies to launch new initiatives dating back to SMIs in 2004 to Procurement reviews last year. One particular State Agency needed 230+ Procurement Reviews completed in six months. CN Resource assembled an experienced team and delivered the completed reviews on time and within budget.

Training

Live Group Trainings

We specialize in live group trainings. CN Resource’s staff have the extensive knowledge base needed to train a wide range of school nutrition personnel on a variety of topics. Training is most effective when it’s hands-on, and CN Resource is diligent about providing that applied experience for every learner. We monitor the effectiveness of the training courses by surveying participants afterward and provide you with the results. We never get tired of the comment: “I have been to several trainings, and this by far was the best!”

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Annual Sponsor Training

When a State Agency found itself without a Director for a couple of months and several key vacancies yet to be filled, CN Resource was contracted to conduct annual NSLP sponsor training for 200+ people. This included all advertising, registration, speakers, facilities, food, handouts, etc. The training was a huge success and since that time CN Resource has helped various state agencies with live trainings as well as on-line webinars.

State Conferences

Through our extensive experience working in numerous states, CN Resource has attained a uniquely broad perspective and practical insight into child nutrition programs. As a result, our staff members are especially qualified to present at state conferences. Those selected are experienced public speakers who often present to large audiences as well as smaller groups in break-out sessions. CN Resource is known for delivering engaging, highly relevant presentations that support the state agency’s conference objectives.

Webinars and Videos

CN Resource’s webinars and videos are an ideal solution for child nutrition staff who are unable to attend in-person trainings. Using Powtoon, Articulate, Prezi, Keynote, and PowerPoint, CN Resource is able to grab the viewer’s attention and make online learning enjoyable. The focus is on interactive learning, which leaves the viewer with a clear understanding of the training topic and the information presented.

Live & Online Support

Telephone Hotline

Free telephone support is available on a range of child nutrition topics, from technical assistance for menu planning and student eligibility, to guidance on all aspects of the SBP, NSLP, CACFP, and SFSP. Manned by knowledgeable helpful specialists, support is available during school hours, regardless of time zone, and includes the ability to screen share with customers, to enhance how we help.

Comprehensive Review Guides

CN Resource has created comprehensive review guides for the Administrative Review, SFSP Reviews, Title 1 Reviews, and CACFP Reviews. Providing the resources needed to complete all USDA review forms, these guides are a critical asset for CN Resource staff while they are on-site completing reviews. Updated annually and customized by state, they are shared with the state agency for a cohesive review approach.

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A Potpourri of Services

CN Resource contracts with several State Agencies that need a little help with all USDA/FNS programs. With a variety of experts on staff, CN Resource provides a bundle of services including Administrative Reviews, CACFP Reviews, and Summer Food Service reviews. The number of reviews changes every year depending on circumstances. CN Resource specializes in this kind of flexibility to allow states to maximize their resources to meet changing needs.

Policies & Procedures

CN Resource has and can help State Agencies create written policies and procedures, required by the USDA/FNS, in a clear, concise and understandable manner. With the guidance in place, states can efficiently administer successful child nutrition programs.

CNR Support Website

CN Resource has created the CNR Support Website as a great tool for the SFA/LEAs that we work with. The website has resources and trainings to help sponsors navigate the Administrative Review process. They are able to upload the documents required for the review, view all the communication that has taken place with CN Resource staff, and view final review documents through the website. The website offers an organized, simple solution to help with the complicated review process.

Additional Services

Turn Around Assistance

When a food service program is failing, CN Resource can help an SFA identify and solve problems without resorting to program outsourcing. CN Resource’s consultants develop effective turnaround plans that can include enhancements to workflow processes, staff training, regulatory compliance, use of technology, and many other improvements.

NSLP Financial Assessments

Is your program performing financially at its best within the National School Lunch Program framework? By analyzing reimbursement information and other data, CN Resource can conduct an assessment of the financial condition of the program and make suggestions and recommendations for maximizing performance.

NSLP Administrative Reviews

When the Administrative review cycle changed from five years to three years, those states with hundreds of smaller districts found themselves in quite a bind. With very little additional funding, State Agencies now had to accomplish everything they were doing previously, plus add Resource Management and Procurement Reviews, in two years less time.
One state with hundreds of smaller SFAs contracted with CN Resource to complete over 175 Administrative reviews the first year and then at least 100+ each year thereafter to help keep them on schedule with USDA/FNS timelines. The CN Resource team followed the exact procedures as their State Agency staff to ensure consistency among the various work products and deliverables.

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