School Nutrition Announcements October 20, 2016


School Nutrition



Model Functional Requirements for State and Local Information Technology Systems


SP02 CACFP01 SFSP01-2017

Updated Fiscal Year Reporting Timeline and Reporting Table



Draft Tool for Local Agency Procurement Reviews for School Food Authorities in SY2016-2017 - Revised



Release of the Revised Federal State Agreement for Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs (form FNS-74)



Indirect Cost Guidance



Fall 2016 Edition: Community Eligibility Provision: Planning and Implementation Guidance



Policy Memorandum on Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Programs


New Sample Invitation for Bid for Milk


A recording of the Direct Certification Application (DCA) Webinar held on Thursday October 6, 2016 is available.

Follow the direct link above or go to the OPI School Nutrition Programs website and click on the Meal Eligibility tab. 

The link to the webinar is at the top of the page.


Summer Food Service Program


SP02 CACFP01 SFSP01-2017

Updated Fiscal Year Reporting Timeline and Reporting Table



Apply for One of Thirteen $5,000 USDA School Nutrition Equipment Assistance Grants!

The Office of Public Instruction will fund thirteen (13) $5,000 equipment grants to school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) across Montana. The equipment grants serve to assist school districts in providing healthier meals that meet updated meal patterns, with an emphasis on increasing fruits and vegetables in school meals, improving food safety, and expanding access.  Funding for these competitive grants is provided by the Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Act.

October 31 enrollment and free and reduced price numbers do not need to be included on the 2016-17 School Nutrition Equipment Grant application.   OPI School Nutrition Programs will look up October 31 data for each application submission.

Please contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 444-2501 or Camille McGoven at 444-4415 or with any questions.



Montana No Kid Hungry Grants


Breakfast After the Bell

This grant cycle runs October 3rd through November 4th. To submit an application, visit, and then enter in the access code “MTBREAKFAST2017.” Grants of up to $5,000 per school will be awarded to schools that are implementing new breakfast programs or transitioning into an alternative breakfast model like Breakfast in the Classroom or Grab and Go to increase student participation in school meals.


Afterschool Meal

This grant cycle runs from October 3rd through November 4th. To apply, visit, and enter the access code “MTCACFP2017.” Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to organizations that are implementing afterschool meal programs or to transition existing programs from serving afterschool snacks to offering full meals through the CACFP.



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.


Funding Opportunity: Local Foods, Local Places

Local Foods, Local Places helps communities create more livable neighborhoods by promoting local foods. The program is supported by several federal agencies including USDA.

Local Foods, Local Places aims to support projects that do all of the following:

  • Create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods.
  • Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses.
  • Improve access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged populations.

Communities are invited to apply for a new round of planning assistance from Local Foods, Local Places. The application deadline is 11:59 PM ET on November 6, 2016.

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

Sprouting success one Montana school at a time

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 aubree.roth@montana.eduor (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 is pleased to offer these professional development training workshops this Fall.  We invite you to attend!

Gearing Up for a HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Award Regional Workshops

  • Want to learn more about applying for a HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Award and tips for a successful application? 
  • Are you interested in creating a Smarter Lunchroom to nudge students to make healthy choices? 
  • Is it time to update your school wellness policy and recharge your school wellness committee?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Montana Team Nutrition invites you to attend a Gearing up for a HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Award workshop!  This training is appropriate for school food service managers, health enhancement teachers, administrators, school wellness committee members, school nurses, and parents.  Schools are encouraged to bring a team of at least 2 people if possible.  This free 2-hour workshop will credit towards Professional Standards training hours for Food Service Program Directors, Managers and Staff.  OPI continuing education credit will be available upon request. 

Dates and locations:

November 1, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in Kalispell

November 3, 2016 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in Billings

Please contact Molly Stenberg with questions or for more information:  406-994-7217,

Registration information is located here:, under the Training Opportunities tab.


Serving Up Success- Standardized Recipes Guarantee It Workshop for Schools and Child Care Programs

Using standardized recipes can save time and money in school and child care programs.  This workshop will teach the basics of creating and working with standardized recipes.  Learn to size recipes to specific yields and how to modify recipes with simple calculations.  Participants will practice developing standardized recipes for their own use.  Learn how to create, use and find standardized recipes to make your job easier. 

This workshop provides 2 hours of continuing education for schools (Professional Standards) and childcare staff (approved by the Montana Early Childhood Project).

November 1, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in Glendive (schools of all sizes are welcome to attend)

Please contact Molly Stenberg with questions or for more information:  406-994-7217, 

Registration information is located here:, under the Training Opportunities tab.


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 - OverviewNovember 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  

Action for Healthy Kids Webinars

Breakfast in the Classroom Beyond Elementary Schools
Tuesday, October 25, 2 - 2:30 pm
Join us to learn more on how to incorporate Breakfast in the Classroom models in secondary schools with success. Hear the pros and cons and strategies for this model.

Going for the Gold in School Wellness: How to Apply for HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Initiative
Thursday, November 3, 2 - 3 pm
Get recognized and receive funding for your health and wellness efforts by applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC:SL) initiative. 

FRAC Webinars

Afterschool Meals Matter

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.

New CACFP Meal Standards and the Afterschool Meal Program
December 15, 2016 (11:00 AM Mountain)
USDA recently issued rules updating the nutrition standards for meals served through CACFP. Afterschool programs providing meals through CACFP must have the new meal pattern in place by October 1, 2017 – but programs shouldn’t wait until then to start making healthy changes! Join this call to understand and plan for the new meal pattern and identify supporting nutrition enrichment activities to empower families, support staff and engage children.

Summer Meals Matter

Reducing Food Waste and Serving Kid-Friendly Meals
Thursday, November 3, 2016 (11:00 AM 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.  

Food Policy Councils and the Summer Nutrition Programs
December 1, 2016 (11:00 AM Mountain)
With their understanding of food insecurity and the local nutrition landscape, Food Policy Councils are a great group to engage in summer meals advocacy and outreach. Join this call to hear about the exciting role that Food Policy Councils can play in expanding participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs.

Breakfast Matters

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.

Sourcing and Storing Local, Fresh Foods for School Breakfast
December 8, 2016 (1:00 PM Mountain)
Are you seeking out new ways to increase the use of fresh, local goods in your School Breakfast Program? Hear best practices for sourcing local dairy, grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables for school breakfast. Learn the strategies for maximizing the shelf life of these food products and how incorporating local foods can boost student satisfaction with the program.


MyPlate, MyState Helps You Bring the Joy of Local Foods to the Classroom (Ctrl+Click to follow the link)

Hello Teachers of America! Are you looking for resources for your classes that combine topics such as food and nutrition, farmers and farmers markets, and your state’s agriculture? The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion (CNPP) – the group responsible for MyPlate – recently launched MyPlate, MyState – a mini-campaign that encourages consumers to personalize their healthy eating style with local and regional foods and flavor.


Celebrate Farm to School Month!

SNA Webinar Wednesdays: Celebrating National Farm to School Month with USDA

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, join SNA to learn about resources from USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems and how farm to school strategies can boost participation, reduce food waste, and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. This webinar will showcase Doug Davis from Burlington School Food Project and Alex Emmott from Oakland Unified School District. We’ll also highlight small ways you can jump in.


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