ratio over all schools is in Omaha, where the CCD average percentage is 1.03 times the average percentage based on data obtained directly from the district.

Annex E-1

SUMMARY OF RESPONSES TO SCHOOL DISTRICT DESCRIPTIVE QUESTIONS

As described in the panel’s interim report (National Research Council, 2010), the panel asked the school food authority directors of the case study districts the open-ended questions repeated below. The questions were sent to the directors by email, to facilitate preparation for a telephone interview. Answers presented below were either provided to the panel in written form or were transcribed from notes taken during the telephone interview.

1. How is direct certification done for your district? Do you use computerized matching, or some other process? Is matching done locally or by the state? What percentage of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamp Program) students are identified by direct certification?

Austin reported that the State Health and Human Services Commission does computerized matching and sends the results to the district. Thirty-five percent of students are directly certified.

Chatham reported that matching is done by the district, using social security numbers and dates of birth.

Omaha reported that Nebraska uses computerized matching. The district sends its list of students to the Nebraska Department of Education. The Department of Education gets the file of SNAP participants from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Matching is done on five different criteria (excluding social security number). The state sends the matched list back to the district. For last year, the number of students directly certified was 15,547. The number of SNAP participants identified on applications was 995.

Norfolk reported that once a year, the state sends the Norfolk Child Nutrition Department the social services list of SNAP participants. The district conducts the match using its lists of students by school. During the early part of the year, it runs the match often to capture kindergartners it may not have known about and people who have moved to the district as they start enrolling in school. The district would like to get updated lists from the state more often.

Pajaro Valley receives an electronic list from the county every summer. The school district does the match electronically through its data-



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