We have a few announcements that we would like to share that will be going into effect this month. Some of these announcements are big victories for participants of the Food Program and we are very excited to share the news.
Tiering- A lot of you are aware that last year all providers were eligible to qualify under Tier 1 and get the same reimbursement rate regardless of their tiering status. Great news! There will be an additional year of Tier 1 reimbursements of all providers starting this month through June 30th, 2023. This change is automatic, with no action needed from you. You will still need to complete a Meal Benefit Form if you want to claim your own or residential children.
Reimbursement Rates- Starting this month, there will also be an increase of 10 cents for all meals and snacks per child. You will see this increase on the reimbursement you receive in September (for July).
Remote Visits- The waiver that was set in place for remote visits has been extended through June 30th, 2023. We currently have been doing 3 visits per fiscal year over the phone. This fiscal year, we will try to incorporate one of those visits to be face to face, virtually. We may have to use different methods, such as Zoom or Facetime, depending on what providers have access to. When we find the best system to achieve this goal, we will let providers know.
Annual Training- We will be posting our annual training on our website this month for providers to complete by September 30th, 2022. We will send a link through KidKare Messages and a Constant Contact notice with the link. Please be on the lookout for that.
Whole Grain Measurements- As many of you know, the regulations for whole grain measurements were proposed to change last year. It was postponed, but the change will be implemented July 1, 2022. Providers can find measurement information in this year's annual training packet.
There are a lot of exciting announcements and some changes for providers on the Food Program this month. If you have any questions regarding any of these changes, please contact us.