School Nutrition Announcements September 2, 2016


School Nutrition



Ensuring Access to Free and Reduced Price School Meals for Low-Income Students



Crediting Tofu and Soy Yogurt Products in the School Meal Programs and the CACFP



Early Implementation of Eligibility Carryover Period for Students Transitioning from Provision Schools: State Agency Extension Option



Ensuring Year-long Eligibility in the School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

Claims for Reimbursement

Please remember to combine your August and September meal counts on your September Claim for Reimbursement. Be sure to get your claims in by the 10th of each month. Call School Nutrition Programs at 406-444-2501 if you need assistance. Thank you!

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Allocations
are now posted on the OPI website! The total amount of money each school receives is listed in the grey columns. Your total allocation is split into two spending periods:

1st quarter allocation (the pink columns on the spreadsheet) must be spent by September 30th.

2nd-4th quarter allocations (the yellow columns on the far right) must be spent by June 30th.

Remember: the 1st quarter allocation does not roll over into the 2nd-4th quarter allocation if you do not spend it all. Consider purchasing all of your supplies (cutting boards, knives, slicers, small bins, gloves, paper products) for the year for FFVP in August and September in order to spend all of the 1st quarter allocation. If you would like to purchase large equipment out of your Administrative funds, please submit an equipment request form.

NOTE: This message is for schools that are participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The FFVP is not the same as the DOD Fresh Program. DOD Fresh is part of your entitlement (USDA Foods/commodities). FFVP is geared toward elementary schools with the highest proportion of free and reduced lunch enrollment, especially those at 50 percent and higher. If your school was eligible, you would have received an invitation at the beginning of June.

For any questions about the FFVP, please contact Camille McGoven at or 444-4415.


Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants Available to Help Schools Make Healthy Changes!

Whether you’re just starting out with Fuel Up to Play 60 or looking to expand an initiative that’s already in motion, to help students get active and fuel their body with the right foods, funding opportunities for Fuel Up to Play 60 can help!  This competitive opportunity is available to K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 and is designed to fund activities that lead to lasting change within the school environment.

To get started schools will choose one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the 2016-2017 Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook.  Click here to learn more and apply. 

In addition, Midwest Dairy Council has developed a series of short instructional videos to assist you in completing a quality Fuel Up to Play 60 Funding Application, click here to view. 

The deadline to apply is November 2, 2016.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is the in-school nutrition and physical activity program from National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with USDA and has helped make wellness a part of the game plan in nearly 73,000 schools across the country.

Action for Healthy Kids Breakfast Grants

Deadline: Grants to be reviewed weekly. Final deadline is September 16, 2016.

Participating in CEP? Is your breakfast participation greater than 60%? Start the year with funding to support your breakfast efforts. Action for Healthy Kids has grants available for breakfast promotion or family engagement.

For more information about eligibility, an upcoming informational webinar and the application, click here. Questions?? Contact Ellen Dillon,, for more information.

National Dairy Council
To support the use of the new "Tossed Treasures. How We All Can Waste Less Food." toolkit, 25 grants of $200 each are available. Recipients of the mini-grants agree to give two presentations from the new toolkit for parents or mature teens between September 26 and December 2, 2016.

Applications are due September 16, 2016, and mini-grantees will be announced September 26, 2016.

For more information


Measuring the impact of poverty in education

The U.S. Department of Education looks to take the lead on eradicating the issue

By Jarrett Carter | August 8, 2016

Training and Resources

Hurry! Montana Farm to School Summit registration closes Sept 9

Don’t miss out on the Montana Farm to School Summit: Sprouting Success to be held on September 22-23, 2016 at Montana State University in Bozeman. Registration closes on September 9. Learn and share how Montana schools and programs are sprouting success through the core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, school gardens, and nutrition, agriculture, and food education. Workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities will provide inspiration and skill building. The two-day conference features Chef Ann Cooper, a nationally renowned advocate for improving school meals, as well as Montana farm to school champions who will share their stories and experiences. Continuing education units are available (up to 11 hours for OPI credits).


Register online at:


For more information contact: Aubree Roth, Montana Farm to School Coordinator at or (406) 994-5996.

Join us for a Regional Fall Workshop

Greetings and welcome back to the school year. The OPI School Nutrition Programs will be hosting seven workshops scheduled for the month of September. Please visit our Professional Standards webpage for the links to register for the workshops.

These fun and informative workshops are being hosted in Great Falls, Billings, Missoula, Kalispell, Glasgow and Bozeman.

All OPI School Nutrition Programs Workshops credit towards your Professional Standards Training Hours. The workshops are free and lunch will be provided.

The Governor’s Local Food & Agriculture Summit:

Help Us Strengthen Montana’s Food Economy!

Are you passionate about local food? Do you want more of the food grown and raised in Montana to be used in our local communities? Would you like to help agriculture producer’s access new markets?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should attend the Governor’s Local Food and Agriculture Summit on October 28-29, 2016. Held in Bozeman on the MSU campus, the Summit will bring together Montanans who care about the state’s food economy.

Attendees will learn from experts, share information with each other, and strategize about the work that needs to be done. You can learn more about, and register for, the event at the Summit’s website. We look forward to seeing you in Bozeman on October 28-29, 2016!

For more information, contact Travis McAdam at  

Montana Team Nutrition Program

Hello MT School Food Service Professionals,

School is starting soon and we are getting requests for menu calendar templates.  Two menu calendar options are available on the OPI School Nutrition web page, under Food Service, then Menu Calendars.

Harvest of the Month (HOM) menu templates are posted for schools who participate in the Montana HOM program; and even if you don’t participate in HOM, you can use these menu calendars.   We do invite you to learn about this great program which introduces your students to MT grown foods and to enroll your school in it!  To learn more about or register for the Montana Harvest of the Month program, visit:

There is a link to free menu calendars from the Bell Institute as well.  Look under the Resources section and click on the cloud figure to download the files. 

Link to the Menu Calendars K-12 Grade Level from the Bell Institute


Montana Harvest of the Month School Menu Calendars: SY 2016-17
To learn more about or register for the Montana Harvest of the Month program, visit:




Thank you,

Molly Stenberg, RDN, LN

Montana Team Nutrition Program

Montana State University

323 Reid Hall, P.O. Box 173370

Bozeman, MT 59717

Action For Healthy Kids Webinars

Fall/Winter Webinars for the 2016-2017 School Year

Our can't-miss webinars have everything you need to create a health-promoting school. They range from walking and running initiatives, to navigating school wellness policies and the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms application, to parent resources.

Register for one or all of them today. Continue scrolling for the full list of webinars. 

Wellness Wednesday: Walking and Running Initiatives in School
Wednesday, September 14, 3 - 3:30 p.m. (CT)
Join Action for Healthy Kids for our first Wellness Wednesday webinar of the school year. Learn about how you can implement walking and running initiatives at your school. Hear examples from AFHK partner schools and get your kids moving today. 

Game On: Six Steps to Building a Healthy School
Tuesday, September 27, 3 - 4 p.m. (CT) 

It's the beginning of a new school year, which means it's time to get your Game On. AFHK's Game On program is a no-cost, step-by-step online guide that provides all the information and resources you need to build a healthy school. Join this webinar to learn about how to use Game On to build a strong school wellness program this year. 

Smart Ideas to Implement Smart Snacks in Schools
Wednesday, September 28, 1 - 2 p.m. (CT

Now is the time to look at the school food environment. Join AFHK and AASA, the School Superintendents Association, in this timely and informative webinar to learn about the final rule on Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School (Smart Snacks) and putting these new requirements into action. 

Navigating the Action for Healthy Kids School Health Portal
Tuesday, October 4, 3 - 4 p.m. (CT

School staff: WE HEARD YOU. For years, you have been asking for a one-stop shop for school health. Now, AFHK has made one available! Designed using your feedback, you can apply for grants, form your school health team, complete a school health assessment, develop and track your action plan, plan volunteer events and much more. Let us show you around your portal.

Wellness Wednesday: Energize Employee Wellness in Your School
Wednesday, October 12, 3 - 3:30 p.m. (CT

Healthy schools need healthy role models. When students see staff practicing what they preach, they are more likely to want to practice those healthy behaviors themselves. It's important for all school staff, whether or not they are members of the school health team, to practice healthy role modeling to support and encourage healthy habits among students. 

School Breakfast: Breakfast in the Classroom, Beyond Elementary Schools
Tuesday, October 25, 3 - 4 p.m. (CT)

Join us to learn more on how to successfully incorporate breakfast in the classroom models in secondary schools. Hear the pros and cons of this successful model and strategies for success. 

Getting Started on School Wellness: What Parents Need to Know
Thursday, October 27, 1 - 2 p.m. (CT

What's the best approach for accomplishing your school wellness goals? Who's who at your school, and how can teamwork help you? How can wellness policies help you achieve your goals? To become a successful advocate for healthy schools, parents need to know how to build awareness, support and momentum to make wellness a priority at their schools. Learn how to make the case for a healthier school and engage your school community to support your efforts. 

Going for the Gold in School Wellness: How to Apply for the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Initiative
Thursday, November 3, 3 - 4 p.m. (CT

Does your school promote health and wellness for your students? Get recognized and receive funding for your efforts by applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC:SL) initiative with help from AFHK!

Wellness Wednesday: Easy Nutrition Messages
Wednesday, November 9, 3 - 3:30 p.m. (CT

Discover quick and easy ways to share nutrition education messaging and increase awareness of healthy eating among students and parents. Both messaging and methods of distribution will be discussed. 

Get Your Community Involved: Engaging Volunteers for a Healthier School
Thursday, November 17, 1 - 2 p.m. (CT

For your school wellness program to be successful, it is vital to engage key groups of volunteers to support your action plan and be partners in your efforts. These key groups include parents and other family members, school staff, school board members, community organizations and local business owners.  This webinar features strategies and practical pointers to engage families and community members as volunteers in your healthy school initiatives. 

Nudge Kids to Eat Better at School: Smarter Lunchroom Strategies that Work
Wednesday, December 14, 3 - 3:30 p.m. (CT

Do students at your school regularly select healthy options offered with school meals? If not, don't fret. We can nudge students to make healthy choices by making our lunchrooms smarter. Learn about the Smarter Lunchrooms movement and explore strategies to spruce up your school cafeteria in ways that will inspire kids to choose the healthiest options available. 

Keep Moving: Comprehensive School Physical Activity
Wednesday, January 3, 2 - 3 p.m. (CT

Join AFHK to learn about the latest trends and resources for your school Comprehensive School Physical Activity Plan (CSPAP) to keep your students moving throughout the school year. Experts recommend that kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. There are many opportunities for physical activity during the school day. Cold weather? Winter blues? Join this webinar to ensure your students have active bodies all year long. 

Wellness Wednesday: Take the SuperFit School Challenge 
Wednesday, January 11, 3 - 3:30 p.m. (CT)

Join Action for Healthy Kids to learn how our new SuperFit School Challenge can help your school raise funds, energize your school community and teach your students healthy physical activities and nutrition education. We'll take you through this new program that gives your kids, and your school's fundraising efforts, a healthy advantage. 

FRAC Webinars

Summer Meals Matter

Making Breakfast Work in the Summer
Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 Noon Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – even during the summer! Hear from sponsors and sites that have taken advantage of the opportunity to serve two meals a day during the summer, and how they have made breakfast work for them. Tips and tricks for implementing and expanding breakfast meal service will be explored, and sponsors will share how adding another meal has made their program more financially viable.

Afterschool Meals Matters

Troubleshooting: Health Departments and Streamlining 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 – 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 Noon Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
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.

Partnerships and Activities for Weekends and Holidays
Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 Noon Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
The Afterschool Meal Program can operate any day of the week during the school year, including weekends and school holidays. By serving meals every day of the week, sponsors can better meet children’s nutritional needs and build stronger, more financially viable afterschool programs. Learn how sponsors and sites have utilized partnerships and incorporated activities to make weekend and holiday meals successful, as well as how to develop a contingency plan for snow days or other unexpected school closures.

Breakfast Matters

The Breakfast Blueprint: Planning, Implementation and Evaluation Best Practices
Thursday, September 8, 3pm Eastern (2:00 PM Central, 1:00 PM Mountain, 12:00 Noon Pacific)
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.

Celebrating National School Lunch Week and CEP Success
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 3:00 PM Eastern (2:00 PM Central, 1:00 PM Mountain, 12:00 Noon Pacific)
The Community Eligibility Provision helps schools boast breakfast and lunch participation by allowing high poverty schools to offer meals at no charge to all students—and eligible schools don’t have to wait until next school year to sign up. Join us during National School Lunch week to hear from districts that have successfully implemented community eligibility and tips for rolling the program out during the school year.

Free Online Courses by Healthy Food Choices in Schools Experts!