School Nutrition Announcements December 8, 2016


School Nutrition



Completion of Fiscal Action in School Year 2016-2017 Administrative Reviews

Summer Food Service Program

Summer Meal Newsletters

Every month, FNS makes available a newsletter highlighting new national resources available to assist with Program administration and best practices to support the Program expansion. The template is available as a Word Publisher file and can be edited and reformatted.

December 2016 [PDF][Publisher]



The Montana Team Nutrition Program is pleased to provide a mini-grant opportunity to school districts with one or more schools participating in the Montana Harvest of the Month Program.  

Districts with newly registered Harvest of the Month schools are encouraged to apply for this mini-grant. Ten $750 mini–grants will be distributed in January 2017 to Montana schools. 

Purpose of the Mini-Grant Program:

  • Provide a financial incentive and additional technical assistance to schools participating in the Montana Harvest of the Month program.
  • Encourage student engagement and leadership in the Harvest of the Month taste tests or educational activities.
  • Determine if changes occur in student knowledge, attitudes, and behavior towards foods as a result of the foods served, classroom activities, and taste tests in Harvest of the Month schools.
  • Obtain feedback from schools on the benefits, challenges, and opportunities associated with participation in the Harvest of the Month program.

What Will Participating School Districts Receive?

  • Financial incentive to support Harvest of the Month activities ($750/district)
  • Technical assistance to expand nutrition education
  • Data to use and share about the results of your project 

The submission deadline is Monday, January 2, 2017 (5:00 pm).

For more information and to apply go to:

More information about Montana Harvest of the Month and the mini-grant opportunity available at:

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  The mini-grants are funded with support from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPPHS) through a Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention, State Public Health Actions Grant.

For further clarification contact Aubree Roth (406) 994-5996 or by e-mail at or Katie Bark (406) 994-5641 or by e-mail at


Press and Events

Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program Report to Congress: State Implementation Progress, School Year 2014-2015

Last Published: 12/02/2016

This report responds to the requirement of Public Law 110-246 to assess the effectiveness of State and local efforts to directly certify children for free school meals. Direct certification is a process conducted by the States and by local educational agencies (LEAs) to certify eligible children for free meals without the need for household applications. The 2004 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act required LEAs to establish systems to directly certify children from households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by school year (SY) 2008-2009. This report presents information on the outcomes of direct certification for SY 2014-2015.


Plevna School is doing a great job implementing farm to school and Harvest of the Month!

Versatile apples make a holiday table bright and tasty


Training and Resources

A Practical Guide for Selecting an Online Application for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals:


The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Newsletter

As you may know, there are many synergies between Healthy Food Choices in Schools and the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, in fact, many of the leaders of the Healthy Food Choices in Schools team are also part of the Smarter Lunchrooms National Office. More importantly, both groups strive to improve children's health and eating behaviors through easy low/no-cost interventions in schools and school meal programs. Links to sign up for the newsletter and view its first edition are below. 

Click here to read first issue of the SLM newsletter

Click here to sign up for SLM newsletter (delivered every 2 months) 

Healthy Food Choices in Schools 


Montana Team Nutrition Webinar Series:

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!


Montana Food Bank Network-Summer Food Service Program

December 13, 2:00pm (MST)

The Basics of the Summer Food Service Program highlights the importance of SFSP around Montana and how community organizations can support the program. The webinar will focus on the program's impact on the state, who can sponsor an SFSP site, and an overview of how organizations can become sponsors. This is for anyone who has ever heard of SFSP and wanted to know more about the program and would like to hear about another avenue to support kids during the summer. 

Register Here!


FRAC Webinars

Breakfast Matters

Celebrate National School Breakfast Week the Right Way
January 12, 2017 - 3pm Eastern (1:00 PM Mountain)
Have you started planning for National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)? Students, parents, food service staff, educators, public officials, and advocates from across the country will be celebrating school breakfast during NSBW — March 7–10, 2017. Join this webinar for ideas on how to celebrate and advocate for school breakfast during NSBW and year round.

Afterschool Meals Matter

New CACFP Meal Standards and the Afterschool Meal Program
January 19, 2016 - 1:00 PM Eastern (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

Mapping the Gap of the Summer Nutrition Programs
January 5th, 2017 1:00 PM Eastern (11:00 AM Mountain)
Mapping is a great way to assess the effectiveness of meal site locations, identify community partners that may be available to assist you, and locate programs and activities already being offered to children over the summer months. Hear from advocates and summer food providers how they use asset mapping and other tools to maximize community resources for more effective Summer Nutrition Programs

FRAC/YMCA National Anti-Hunger Support Series

Healthy Meals for Kids Year-Round – It’s Easier Than You Think!
January 17, 2017 - 1:00 pm Eastern (11:00 AM Mountain)
When the school day ends, millions of children across the country lose access to the school meals that help keep them engaged and ready to learn, but the Summer and Afterschool Meal Programs can fill this gap. These federally-funded child nutrition programs provide year-round access to healthy, nutritious meals – and it’s not as hard as you think to get started! From anti-hunger advocates to youth-serving providers, everyone has a role to play in building successful Summer and Afterschool Meal Programs. Join this webinar to learn how to become an anti-hunger champion – from planning for success, engaging stakeholders and unique partners, and building meal programs from the ground up.

Action for Healthy Kids Webinars

Wellness Wednesday: Nudge Kids to Eat Better at School
Wednesday, December 14, 3 - 3:30 pm (CT)
Learn about the Smarter Lunchrooms movement and explore strategies to encourage kids to choose the healthiest options available. 

Keep Moving! Comprehensive School Physical Activity
Wednesday, January 4, 2 - 3 pm (CT)
Learn about the latest trends and resources for your schools Comprehensive School Physical Activity Plan (CSPAP) to keep your student's moving throughout the school year.


Montana $aves $cavenger Hunt


Materials for Teachers, Parents, or Guardians

Montana State University Extension is offering the Montana $aves $cavenger Hunt as a part of the America Saves program during 2016-2017.  This version of the hunt is specifically designed for students between the ages of 13 and 19 (as of September 1, 2016). Students will learn about the benefits saving and investing, how credit can be a friend for foe, and how to be in control of their money.

Students who complete the Montana $aves $cavenger Hunt are eligible for a drawing for one of 17 cash awards of $100 in each age group during America Saves week February 27 – March 4, 2017. The deadline for completing the hunt is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Click below for materials for teachers, parents, or guardians.

Montana $aves $cavenger Hunt

Enrollment directions, Website link for the School Technology Coordinator, a marketing Poster, and steps to record the quizzes are included.