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School Meals Accountability and Responsibility Training Tools (SMARTTs)

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UMass Extension
Project Description: 

The School Meals Accountability and Responsibility Training Tools (SMARTTs) project was developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE) in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) and Labor Management Workplace Education Program (LMWEP) with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to improve and increase:

Responsibility - Through training of Local Educational Agency (LEA) administrative personnel in application, certification, verification, meal counting and meal claiming procedures.

Accountability - With technology improvements, which demonstrate an ability to address administrative errors through the use of targeted monitoring and increased training in error-prone LEAs.

Oversight and training activities focused on the nutritional quality of the meals.

SMARTTs includes MAKING IT COUNT (MIC) a web-based professional development tool created by UMass Extension NEP for self-directed study as well as group trainings for all school nutrition personnel. MIC focuses on USDA Meal Requirements for Breakfast, Lunch and Afterschool Snack, Food Production in Schools, Special Dietary Needs, Accountability and Access and includes videos, interactive and site-based group activities, teaching tools such as a facilitator's guide, facts sheets, work sheets, key word lists, review questions, and useful links.

Making It Count was designed to:

  • Improve understanding of the new requirements for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Afterschool Snack Program
  • Reduce errors and improve accountability in these school nutrition programs