School Nutrition Announcements September 15, 2016


School Nutrition



Community Eligibility Provision: Guidance and Updated Q&As



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.


School Food Support Initiative

Over $1 Million Available to School Districts Committed to Serving Healthier Meals

Greetings from the Chef Ann Foundation! We are reaching out to let you and your team know about a school food grant opportunity valued at approximately $192,000 that can help school districts in your state improve their meal programs and transition to scratch cook operations: School Food Support Initiative

Launched by the Life Time Foundation, in partnership with the Chef Ann Foundation and the Whole Kids Foundation, the School Food Support Initiative has opened its second round of grant funding and aims to provide up to seven motivated school districts the technical assistance, strategic planning and funding opportunities needed to improve their operations. 

Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2016. Selected districts will each receive program services valued at approximately $192,000 (dependent on district size), including:

  • Program implementation by a team of renowned school food experts:
    • Chef Ann Cooper, an internationally recognized chef, educator and advocate of healthy food for all children, and Food Service Director of Boulder Valley School District
    • Chef Beth Collins, a School Food Systems Consultant and Director of Operations for the Chef Ann Foundation
    • A one and a half day intensive workshop for Food Service Directors at Boulder Valley School District, focused on human resources, finance, procurement, menu planning, facilities and community engagement
    • On-site assessment and technical assistance
    • Report of assessment findings and recommendations
    • On-site debrief and strategic planning based on assessment findings
    • Twenty hours of technical assistance and peer-to-peer collaboration
    • Ongoing peer-to-peer collaboration for best practices, sharing and support through the Life Time Foundation Collaborative
    • The opportunity to apply for a one-time $50,000 systems grant that is designed to support implementing sustainable, healthy food recommendations based on the assessment

For more information, including district eligibility criteria, please visit the School Food Support Initiative webpage. We encourage you to forward this email to the school district food service teams in your state and encourage them to apply for the grant. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at

All the best,
Chef Ann Foundation Team

Press and Events

USDA Announces $6.7 million in Grants for Child Care & Schools during the Back to School Season

Congratulations to the Montana Team Nutrition Program!

Nurturing children at school

September 2016 – Family Meals Focus #85 updated

Ellyn Satter, Registered Dietitian and Family Therapist

Are you ready to crunch?

Whether you are at school, work, home, or out having fun, join Montana in celebrating Food Day and National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples on October 24 at 2:00 p.m. MST

This collective crunch encourages healthy eating and connects with farm to school and Buy Local initiatives throughout the state. It also a fun way to connect food and nutrition into learning from science to art! The Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, Farm to Cafeteria Network, Montana FoodCorps, Eat Right Montana and other statewide partners have created a guide and additional resources to help every Montanan crunch into a delicious apple this October.

For more information about Montana Crunch Time, to register and receive your guide, visit  or contact Aubree Roth at or (406) 994-5996. Make sure to collect a “crunch byte” (video, photos, or audio) to share! Use #MTCrunchTime to share you crunch byte on Social Media.


Training and Resources

Montana Team Nutrition Webinar Series:

Montana School Wellness Policy Tracking Tools

Looking for a simple on-line tool to plan your school district's wellness policy goals for the new school year?  Join us to learn how to track your district's (or individual school's) progress in creating a healthy school campus that supports students in learning, growing and playing! 

Presented by: 

Katie Bark, Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist and Project Director for Montana Team Nutrition,MSU  

Webinar Topics: 

MT Crunch Time: September 29, 3:00-4:00 pm.

Register Here!

MT School Food Production Records Best Practices: October 27, 2:00-3:00 pm.

Register Here!

MT Harvest of the Month - Overview

November 2, 3:30-4:00. 

Register Here!

Montana School Wellness Policy Success Stories Part 1: December 6, 2:00-2:30. 

Register Here!

Montana School Wellness Policy Success Stories Part 2: February 9, 2:00-2:30. 

Register Here!

Montana Harvest of the Month Educator Focused: February 16, 3:00-4:00 pm. 

Register Here!

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

FRAC Webinars

Summer Meals Matter

Making Breakfast Work in the Summer
Thursday, October 6, 2016 11:00 AM Mountain
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.

Reducing Food Waste and Serving Kid-Friendly Meals
Thursday, November 3, 2016 1:00 PM Mountain
Reducing food waste and serving fresh, kid-friendly meals is an important part of any successful Summer Nutrition Program. Advocates across the country are working together in innovative ways to reduce food waste and ensure high-quality meals are being served at summer sites. From farm to summer initiatives to better vendor relations to nutrition education, learn how you can make this summer even healthier for the children in your community.  

Afterschool Meals Matters

Troubleshooting: Health Departments and Streamlining 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 11:00 AM Mountain
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 11:00 AM Mountain
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.

Cities Operating and Expanding the Afterschool Meal Program
Thursday, November 17, 2016 11:00 AM Mountain
Cities across the country are becoming more involved in the Afterschool Meal Program. City agencies often operate afterschool enrichment programs and sponsor afterschool meal sites, and city leaders are elevating the visibility of afterschool meals by promoting them to the community. Join us to hear how cities have championed and expanded the Afterschool Meal Program through strong partnerships and planning.

Breakfast Matters

Celebrating National School Lunch Week and CEP Success
Thursday, October 13, 2016 1:00 PM Mountain
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.

Leveraging Buying Groups to Procure Foods for School Meals
November 10, 2016, 1:00 PM Mountain
When operating and managing the School Meals Programs, every cent counts. Increasing buying power by joining or forming a buying group is one way to secure better price points and reduce administrative burden for the school meals program, including school breakfast. Join us to learn what a buying group is, how one is formed and how it has helped districts to stretch dollars for their school meal programs.

Healthy Food Choices in Schools

A Walk-through of the Two Most Popular and Easy-to-Implement Smarter Lunchrooms “No Time to Train” Workshops for Lunchroom Staff

Thursday, September 22nd at 2:00 pm ET

This webinar starts with a brief overview of the Smarter Lunchrooms “No Time to Train” workshop series for lunchroom staff, followed by a walk-through of two of the most popular and easy-to-implement workshops: “Creating Catchy Food Names” and “Positive Communication Cues”. USDA Professional Standards learning codes and the Smarter Lunchrooms Professional Standards Supplement will also be referenced.

This webinar is presented by Erin Sharp, MS, MAT, Curriculum Designer, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs. 

To attend and for more information please visit: and follow the instructions for joining. 

SuperTracker Gets Students Back on Track as They Head Back to School

New SuperTracker Lesson Plans for High School Students Bring Nutrition Education to Life in the Classroom

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2016 – Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) released updated SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students. This cross-curricular nutrition education resource for teachers, schools, and health educators helps students in grades 9-12 learn how to build healthy eating styles using SuperTracker, an online food and physical activity tracking tool.

“SuperTracker is an engaging, interactive tool that can help students think critically about their food and physical activity choices,” said Angie Tagtow, Executive Director of USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. “As students go back to school this fall, we are pleased to offer a reinvigorated version of our SuperTracker lesson plans with new content based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans."

To support teachers in making nutrition education a fun and interactive experience, CNPP created a series of six lesson plans intended for use with high school students. Originally released in 2014, the lesson plans have been updated and expanded upon to reflect the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High Schools include a variety of topics such as healthy snacking, creating a personalized food plan, comparing and contrasting different food options, and building healthy meals. In addition, two new lessons have been added that cover physical activity and calorie balance. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and an accompanying handout.

These lesson plans are designed for high school Health, Physical Education, and Family and Consumer Science teachers; however, the resources provided allow any teacher to promote health and wellness in their classrooms, with or without experience in nutrition education.

For a little competition in the classroom, teachers can also engage students with SuperTracker’s new MyPlate Challenges. By creating a SuperTracker group and inviting students to join, teachers can set up a ready-made MyPlate Challenge or design their own custom food and activity challenge. They can also choose a group challenge, where individual students compete against one another, or a group-versus-group challenge where one classroom challenges another classroom. Students use a simple Quick Tracker to record food and physical entries with minimal effort and earn points for healthy choices. Participants can compare their progress in a challenge leaderboard, get motivational tips and congratulations messages, and declare a winner. 

"MyPlate Challenges are a new addition to SuperTracker and are a great tool to get students excited about healthy eating," said Tagtow. "CNPP launched this resource as part of our MyPlate, MyWins initiative that supports Americans in making small healthy changes that can add up to big successes."

SuperTracker offers personalized recommendations for what and how much to eat; food, physical activity, and weight tracking; goal setting; and a new group challenge feature that encourages healthy lifestyle choices through friendly competition. The application is free and is available on desktop and mobile devices. Additional details about SuperTracker are available in this SuperTracker Fact Sheet.

To download the SuperTracker lesson plans or find other resources for the classroom, visit In addition, families working together toward a healthier lifestyle this back-to-school season can find tips and resources at

National Hunger Hotline

The National Hunger Hotline is a resource for individuals and families seeking information on how to obtain food. The National Hunger Hotline staff connects callers with emergency food providers in their community, government assistance programs, and various social services.

Do you want to help families obtain food? Anyone in the United States can call for FREE:


8AM to 8PM Eastern Time

If you would like to add your organization in the USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse database, please visit: