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Menu Certification Resources



Certification Options


  • Option 1, Nutrient Analysis - School Food Authority (SFA) submits:
  • One week of menus for each unique menu type or grade grouping;
  • One Excel certification worksheet for each unique menu type or grade grouping;
  • Nutrient analysis using USDA approved software in place of completing Simplified Nutrient Analysis tab of Excel worksheet; and
  • Attestation Statement PDF format (8/13) - One per SFA
  • Option 2, Simplified Nutrient Analysis - SFA submits:
  • One week of menus for each unique menu type or grade grouping;
  • One Excel certification worksheet with completed Simplified Nutrient Analysis tab for each unique menu type or grade grouping; and
  • Attestation Statement PDF format  (8/13) - One per SFA
  • Submission of the above certification materials. The certification materials must be submitted by email to nsl6cent@isbe.net. In the email subject line please include District Name and Agreement Number/RCDT Code.

    SFAs may need the following items to complete the certification process, but these items are not submitted with materials listed above.

  • Nutrition facts labels
  • CN labels
  • Standardized recipes
  • Production records

6 Cent Reimbursement Start Dates



Month that 6 Cent Certification Materials are Submitted to ISBE:
One Week Menu Must be Submitted from One of the Following Months:
Additional 6 Cents Reimbursement Will Start:
February
January
January 1, 2014
February
February 1, 2014
March
February
February 1, 2014
March
March 1, 2014
April
March
March 1, 2014
April
April 1, 2014
May
April
April 1, 2014
May
May 1, 2014
June
May
May 1, 2014
June
June 1, 2014

Certification Worksheet Training Videos

ISBE Certification Worksheets with Cover Page

Separate menu worksheets must be submitted for each menu type, by grade group within a district/SFA. SFAs completing six cent certification documentation have the choice of using the worksheets provided below OR USDA approved 6 cent certification tools or software programs.

ISBE Resources

USDA Resources

Validation Reviews

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires state agencies to conduct on-site validation reviews of 25% of the certified SFAs.  The purpose of the validation review is to affirm that a certified SFA has met and continues to meet the updated meal patterns and to ensure that the meal service at the time of the validation review is consistent with the certification documentation submitted by the SFA.  ISBE will be in contact with SFAs that are selected for a validation review.  If selected for a Validation Review, please have materials requested on the checklist below readily available on the day of review.

For questions specific to the 6 Cent Menu Certification process please call 800.545.7892 or email nsl6cent@isbe.net.

Submission of menu certification materials must be submitted electronically by email to nsl6cent@isbe.net.

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