August 25, 2021
UPDATED: We have added a policy to CX to account for the feeding-on-demand nature of infants. This is policy L.04c Infant Exemption Threshold for Time Edit Checks. This defaults to Blank, which means infants will be checked for meal times as they currently are.
UPDATED: We have added a new edit check that will look for children younger than a center's license allows. This is Error 109 The child is younger than the center's license allows.
UPDATED: We have updated the enrollment and income eligibility forms for North Carolina to the latest version.
UPDATED: We have updated the Texas Infant Feeding Form to the latest version.
UPDATED: We have updated the income eligibility form for Nevada to the latest version for FY2021-2022.
UPDATED: We have updated the Family Meal Application for CACFP form for Mississippi for FY2021-2022.
FIXED: We have addressed several At-Risk reporting discrepancies: Some children at marked as having At-Risk PM snacks in the Monthly Claimed Meal Counts by Child Report, even though they are not marked as At-Risk; an unexpected amount of children under 4 years old are marked as At-Risk in the Daily Attendance + Meal Count Report; and there are no Total Second Meals marked for PM Snacks on the Daily Attendance + Meal Count report even though the Record Daily Attendance/Served Meals window has several P2s marked.
FIXED: An unexpected error displays when attempting to export the Daily Attendance + Meal Counts, Claimed Meal Count Summary (ARAS), Menu Production Record, Menu Production Record - Non-Infants Only, Menu Production Record - Infants Only, and Daily Transportation reports for all centers.
FIXED: Some children show on the Paid Attendance and Meal Count report for Evening Snack on Sunday, even though they did not attend that meal per the Weekly Paid Attendance and Meal Count reports.
FIXED: The Office Error Report is inconsistent when generated from Claims Processing and Claim Detail. This affects the Milk Audit error for centers with multiple licenses or when a claim is re-processed for multiple centers.
FIXED: The warning message for Error 103 displays in the wrong place on the Office Error report. It should display directly below the error line. Instead, it appears in the middle of the child list.
FIXED: Error 45 (The child is older than the center's license allows) is not generating when Ending Age on the Manage Center Information License/Schedule tab is entered in Months.
FIXED: The leftover quantity for the first Bread/Alt and Infant Cereal foods entered in Record Menu still display even after the center rests the food, saves, and selects another food.
FIXED: When ounce equivalents are enabled (policy M.17), M.01 = Y (actual quantities), and M.01g = N (enter quantities in ounce equivalents), Bread/Alt quantities should display in the following format: #.## oz eq.
August 18, 2021
As of October 1, 2021, the USDA requires that all grains served be recorded using ounce equivalents instead of standard units of measurement. This requirement applies to both the Bread/Alt and Infant Cereal components. To accommodate this policy, we have made the following changes to Minute Menu CX and KidKare for centers. We strongly recommend that you complete all claims processing prior to enabling ounce equivalents in Minute Menu CX.
For detailed information about this update, review the release notes below and check out our Grains Ounce Equivalents articles!
Minute Menu CX
UPDATED: We added a new policy to the Center Settings called M.17 Use Ounce Equivalents for Bread/Alt & Infant Cereal Foods. This policy defaults to No. When you enable this policy, all Bread/Alt and Infant Cereal food items added to your food list must include an ounce equivalents calculation, all quantities required for breads/grains will be calculated in ounce equivalents, and the following reports will reflect ounce equivalents: Menu Production Record, Weekly Quantities Required, and Daily Transportation Log. If you track actual quantities, Error 78 will look for ounce equivalents. The remaining items listed in these notes will also apply.
UPDATED: We added a sub-policy for M.01 Record Actual quantities called M.01g How do you want to handle recording bread/grain and infant cereal food components? This setting controls whether center staff can record quantities using a common unit of measure so KidKare calculates the ounce equivalents based on the food list, or whether center staff must enter all bread/grain quantities in ounce equivalents. This defaults to Yes.
UPDATED: When adding a Bread/Alt or Infant Cereal to your food list, you will be required to select the Grains Group to which the item belongs and enter nutrition label information so KidKare can calculate the total ounce equivalents present in one serving of the bread/grain. Infant Cereals are locked to Group I (ready-to-eat-cereal). You can lock this equation to prevent overrides on the Daily Menu page.
UPDATED: We have added indicators to your food list that call out Bread/Alt and Infant Cereals that do not have ounce equivalents calculations saved. One indicator is a red banner that allows you to filter to those items missing the calculation. Another is a red calculator icon that displays next to the food in the food list.
UPDATED: A new error will display on the Claim Error report when a Bread/Alt or Infant Cereal without a saved ounce equivalents calculation is claimed. This is Error 107 and Error 108. These are warnings only and are meant to alert you that a bread/grain needs an ounce equivalent calculation.
UPDATED: We have updated the Bread/Alt and Infant Cereal items on default food list for independent centers and center sponsors.
UPDATED: The Menu Production Record, Weekly Quantities Required report, and Daily Transportation Log now reflect ounce equivalents for all Bread/Alt and Infant Cereal items when ounce equivalents are enabled.
UPDATED: If ounce equivalents are enabled, the Record Menu window will show estimated quantities for Bread/Alt items in the following format: Common Unit - #.## oz eq. For example: 2 slices - 3 oz eq. If policy M.01 is set to Yes and M.01g is set to No, all quantities for Bread/Alt and Infant Cereal items display in ounce equivalents only. This change also applies to the Record Actual Quantities and Record Leftover Quantities pop-ups.
UPDATED: When you record a Bread/Alt that is missing a calculation, a message displays in the Record Menu window.
UPDATED: When recording a Bread/Alt item, centers can click Calculate Oz Eq for Bread/Alt to input nutrition label details and override the food list calculation. This is to help account for weight differences between brands and ensure that ounce equivalents are recorded accurately according to what is actually served.
UPDATED: We added an option for sponsors to switch existing Bread/Alts to ounce equivalents from the Record Menu window. This applies only to items recorded prior to this release.
KidKare for Centers
UPDATED: When recording a Bread/Alt item, centers can click Calculate Oz Eq for 1 Serving to input nutrition label details and override the food list calculation. This is to help account for weight differences between brands and ensure that ounce equivalents are recorded accurately according to what is actually served.
UPDATED: If ounce equivalents are enabled, the Daily Menu page will show estimated quantities for Bread/Alt items in the following format: Common Unit - #.## oz eq. For example: 2 slices - 3 oz eq. If policy M.01 is set to Yes and M.01g is set to No, all quantities for Bread/Alt and Infant Cereal items display in ounce equivalents only. This change also applies to the Record Actual Quantities and Record Leftover Quantities pop-ups.
UPDATED: When you record a Bread/Alt that is missing a calculation, a message displays on the Daily Menu page.
UPDATED: If your centers use individual infant menus, quantities recorded for these menus will reflect ounce equivalents for Bread/Alt and Infant Cereal food items. Note that you cannot override this calculation on individual infant menus.