School Nutrition Announcements September 29, 2016


School Nutrition



2016 Edition: Overcoming the Unpaid Meal Challenge: Proven Strategies from Our Nation’s Schools



Unpaid Meal Charges: Guidance and Q&As



Additional Guidance for the Implementation of the Administrative Reviews in School Nutrition Programs Final Rule


New USDA requirements for the 2016-17 school year:

  • Administrative Review Repeat Findings
  • Charging Polices for Unpaid Meals
  • Procurement and purchasing procedures regarding the Fund 12 account
  • Smart Snacks in Schools requirements and district policies for food sold to students during the school day
  • Wellness Policy updates and assessment


Please read for more information and resources regarding these requirements.

Contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 406-444-2501 if you have questions.

Sincerely, OPI School Nutrition Programs


Update to the Professional Standards Training Topics and Learning Objectives

The Professional Standards Training Topic Codes and Learning Objectives have been updated to include edits to: Human Resources and Staff Training 3450 (added CPR and First Aid Training), and Food Safety and HACCP Training 2640 (added allergen training).  Note for consistency the term change of Learning Topic to Training Topic.


Summer Food Service Program


SP55 CACFP26 SFSP18-2016

Meal Service During Unanticipated School and Day Care Closures



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

Dear Foodservice Directors,

As you may know, National School Lunch Week (October 10-14th) is quickly approaching.  If you have not previously participated in NSLW and are interested in doing so, we encourage you to look at resources available from the School Nutrition Association, here

The theme this year is, “School Lunch:  Show Your Spirit,” and there is a Toolkit available with ideas for promoting and celebrating NSLW.  Examples of ways to celebrate can be as simple as renaming dishes during the week, inviting a local celebrity to lunch, or displaying fun food facts around the cafeteria.  The celebration is intended to foster excitement and support for school lunch among students, food service staff, teachers, and administrators. We hope you will be excited to celebrate your school lunch successes!

If you plan to celebrate NSLW, let your local media know about it! Click on the following link for a helpful press release template from the School Nutrition Association:  NSLW official media release.

We would love to hear about some of the ways you plan to celebrate National School Lunch Week.

Sincerely, OPI School Nutrition Programs


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

Direct Certification Application (DCA) Webinar

Thursday, October 6, 2016 

9:00-10:00 AM

Please join OPI School Nutrition Programs to discuss Direct Certification Application (DCA) software.

Learn how to maximize the use of DCA by working potential matches, extending eligibility, running reports and much more!

Use what you learn to streamline free and reduced price approval and improve verification processes.

To participate please go to: 

Enter the meeting room as a guest by typing your first and last name.

 Join the meeting a few minutes early to make sure your computer has all the correct plug-ins and that the audio works.

If you have trouble accessing the webinar, call School Nutrition Programs at 406-444-2501.


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 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

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.

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Training

Montana Heart Rescue -- CPR in Schools

Montana Heart Rescue is launching a statewide effort to increase the number of Montanans who can perform compression-only CPR.  Compression-only CPR is a vital part of the chain of survival for cardiac arrest victims and has been shown to save lives. Over the past 5 years, nearly 50,000 Montanans have taken the course and our list of success stories and saves continues to grow.  Compression-only CPR is ideal for the middle/high school setting.  The course can be taught in a single class period with 20-30 students at a time.  Montana Heart Rescue can provide assistance in training school staff to present the course as well as provide all the necessary materials needed to teach the class.  These materials include mannequins, DVDs and a class curriculum.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike McNamara:, (406) 444-9170.

Additional information can be found on our website:

Other DPHHS Trainings

Creating Asthma Friendly Schools training for school staff and coaches

Allergies and Anaphylaxis training for school staff

Renewal units are available for both of these trainings.


The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model expands on the eight elements of CDC’s coordinated school health framework. CDC and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) developed this expanded model—working with key leaders from the fields of health, public health, education, and school health—to strengthen learning and health in our nation’s schools.

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