School Nutrition Announcements August 1, 2016


School Nutrition


SP49 CACFP18-2016

Resources for Making Potable Water Available in Schools and Child Care Facilities


SP48 CACFP16 SFSP16-2016

Using Federal Funds to Support FoodCorps Service Members

2016-17 Administrative Review Schedule

School Nutrition Programs Checklist 2016-17

Administrative Update Packet for Schools 2016-17

Reimbursement Rates for 2016-17 have not yet been posted by the USDA. We will notify you as soon as they are available.


New Sample Outreach Letters Available Through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Resource Center

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Resource Center features useful tools, policy guidance, outreach materials, and webinar recordings to facilitate successful efforts by State and local officials to elect and implement CEP in eligible schools and districts. This month, FNS is excited to add to the Resource Center new sample letters which can be used as a template for conducting outreach to elected officials, superintendents, and other stakeholders who can help spread the word and encourage CEP participation. These letters provide a way to build support for CEP and can help to ensure the benefits of CEP reach more eligible schools and children. The sample letters are available at the CEP Resource Center webpage:

Summer Food Service Program


SP48 CACFP16 SFSP16-2016

Using Federal Funds to Support FoodCorps Service Members

Events and Press

Four Major Rules Announced

USDA announced four final rules that will ensure that children have access to healthy snacks and that nutrition standards for the foods marketed and served in schools are consistent. Here's a summary of the rules and what they mean for farm to school efforts:

1. The Local School Wellness Policy final rule empowers communities to take an active role in the health of their children. These policies guide a school district's efforts to establish school environments that support healthy eating and physical activity.

  • As noted in the rule, local school wellness policies offer a prime opportunity to showcase farm to school efforts and gain buy in from the community. These examples showcase how other districts have incorporated farm to school elements in their wellness policies.

2. The Smart Snacks in School final rule aligns the nutritional quality of snacks sold to children during the school day with the science-based improvements made to school lunches and breakfasts over the last five years.

  • Think about selling local items a la carte or doing a FarmRaiser!

3. The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) final rule allows schools and local educational agencies with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students to promote access to healthy food and reduce administrative burdens on schools and families.

4. The Administrative Review final rule updates the administrative review process used by state agencies to monitor federally-funded school meal programs. It safeguards the integrity of the programs, ensures taxpayer dollars are being spent as intended, and increases accountability and transparency by publicly posting how well school food authorities are complying with various requirements.

  • State agencies can provide onsite technical assistance during these reviews, and answer questions about local foods, school gardens, and nutrition education.

Training and Resources

Join us for a Regional Fall Workshop

Join us for a Montana Cook Fresh Class in Glasgow on August 10 at 9-1

Montana Team Nutrition is pleased to offer a Montana Cook Fresh Class in Glasgow, Montana on Wednesday August 10th from 9:00 am to 1:15 pm.   The class will be held at the Glasgow High School.  

Serving fresh, whole foods in school meals is a priority for a growing number of schools throughout Montana and nationwide. This workshop will provide participants with the culinary skills and resources to efficiently prepare whole, fresh foods including fruits, vegetables, and legumes. These skills will allow participants to create tasty, attractive meals while meeting meal pattern requirements including reduced sodium. Participants will also learn how to use local foods and explore equipment that will make preparation easier. Chefs and school food service staff will share firsthand knowledge in this hands-on (and knives on!) workshop.  All participants must have at least one 8”chef’s knife and paring knife, if possible. 

This class is targeted to child nutrition cooks, assistant cooks; teachers are welcome too especially if interested in doing more cooking projects in the classroom.

The class is free of charge but pre-registration is required.  The class is limited to 20 people so sign up today as registration on a first come, first come basis.

Get recharged for cooking up some tasty and healthy recipes for the new school year by attending this class.  The class will also be offered in Bozeman in September, Lame Deer in October, Great Falls in April and Billings in June, 2017.

For more information, contact Katie Bark at 406-994-5641 or by email at

FRAC Webinars

Summer Meals Matter

Evaluating and Recognizing Quality Summer Nutrition Programs
Thursday, August 4, 2016 – 1pm Eastern
Evaluating Summer Nutrition Programs and holding them to high standards are important for improving the quality and appeal of meals served and the site environment. Learn from sponsors and anti-hunger advocates ways to evaluate the summer sites in your area, identify high-quality sites and recognize them for their work, and identify areas for improvement for the following year.

Healthcare Partnerships
Thursday, September 1, 2016 – 1pm Eastern
Healthcare providers can play an important role in connecting children to healthy meals when the school year ends through the Summer Nutrition Programs. Hear from advocates and sponsors on innovative ways to serve meals at clinics and hospitals, as well as approaches to provide health services at summer meal sites.

Afterschool Meals Matters

Sponsor Mentoring and Retention
Thursday, August 18, 2016 – 1pm Eastern
Retaining experienced sponsors is imperative to maintaining strong, sustainable Afterschool Meal Programs year after year. On this call you will hear from state agencies and sponsors about ways to keep experienced sponsors engaged and participating, and strategies to support and mentor new sponsors.

Troubleshooting: Health Departments and Streamlining 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 – 1pm Eastern
Meeting health and safety or licensing requirements is a key component to operating the Afterschool Meal Program in your area. Learn how to develop a strong partnership with your local health department and effectively address barriers to program implementation. We also will discuss strategies put in place by USDA to reduce the paperwork requirement and will hear from states that have taken steps to simplify the application process for the Afterschool Meal Program.

Breakfast Matters

Back to School: How to Market Your School Meals Program for a Successful Year
Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 3 pm Eastern
Marketing is essential to successful school meals programs. Hear from stakeholders about innovative marketing strategies they have been utilized to boost participation and excite their community about school breakfast and lunch and afterschool meals. Speakers will share how they have used creative attention-grabbing visuals, social media platforms, school-wide contests, and much more to spread the word about school meals.

The Breakfast Blueprint: Planning, Implementation and Evaluation Best Practices
Thursday, September 8, 3pm Eastern
The Food Research & Action Center and the American Federation of Teachers have partnered together to develop a three-part comprehensive breakfast guide based on feedback from AFT members from all over the country. Hear about the findings and strategies gathered from stakeholders on the front lines of implementing breakfast in the classroom, "grab and go" and second chance breakfast.