School Nutrition Announcements November 15, 2016
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Summer Food Service Program
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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:
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 email@example.com.
All the best,
Chef Ann Foundation Team
Press and Events
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is collecting success stories about incorporating local traditional foods into the child nutrition programs. Do you have a story to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell your story, and be sure to include any photos!
School breakfast a growing success in Montana – Missoulian.com, October 27, 2016
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) “has been a great success in Montana and since starting in 2015, 95 percent of eligible schools have adopted it,” write Tirza Asbell, public policy coordinator, and Lorianne Burhop, chief policy officer for Montana Food Bank Network, in this op-ed. CEP helps 138 Montana schools provide breakfast at no cost to students; breakfast participation increased 25 percent in CEP schools, while participation in non-CEP schools increased only one percent, note the authors.
The Montana Beef to School Project has released its case study report in celebration of National Farm to School Month.
This research and outreach project has involved researchers, stakeholders, and community partners across the state of Montana with the goal of understanding what factors make beef to school programs successful and encourage the use of local beef in every Montana school. The case study report features: (1) an overview of findings, (2) amazing graphics that describe our findings, (3) stories that feature the efforts of schools, beef producers, and meat processors across Montana. These lessons learned contribute to an understanding of how to make beef to school and farm to school generally more feasible in Montana.
Find the case study report at: goo.gl/hr7cOA
Read the MSU News press release: goo.gl/M6PcJm
Check out our website: http://www.montana.edu/mtfarmtoschool/beeftoschool.html
Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beef2school/
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MTBeeftoSchool
The Montana Beef to School Project is a three-year collaborative project between several Montana beef producers and processors, schools, and many stakeholders represented in the Montana Beef to School Coalition. It is funded by a $220,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. The case study report was authored by Byker Shanks and Janet Gamble at MSU Food and Health Lab in the College of Education, Health and Human Development’s Department of Health and Human Development, Bass and Schumacher of MSU Extension, Aubree Roth of Montana Farm to School, and Demetrius Fassas and Mallory Stefan of National Center for Appropriate Technology. An additional list of report reviewers and contributors is listed on page two of the case study report.
Training and Resources
Reducing and Managing School Cafeteria Food Waste
Local School Wellness Policy Resources for Schools
Download the Team Nutrition toolkit of communication tools you can customize to make specific to your school.
Letter to the Principal
Parent Handouts (English and Spanish)
Presentations for School Staff and Parents
Social Media Graphics and Posts
Go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/local-school-wellness-policy-outreach-toolkit for more information.
If you missed the Best Practices for School Food Service Production Records WEBINAR, held on 10/27/16, a recording of the webinar and the accompanying handouts are now available on the MSU Rural Health Initiative’s website: http://healthinfo.montana.edu/health-wellness/rhi-webinars.html
This continuing education event counts as 1 hour of training for USDA Professional Standards.
Thanks to the outstanding guest speakers who shared valuable tips- Jill Griffin, Salley Young and Dona Kruse.
Montana Team Nutrition Webinar Series:
Montana School Wellness Policy Success Stories Part 1: December 6, 2:00-2:30
Montana School Wellness Policy Success Stories Part 2: February 9, 2:00-2:30
Montana Harvest of the Month Educator Focused: February 16, 3:00-4:00 pm.
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
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.
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.
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