School Nutrition Announcements February 14, 2017
USDA Foods is now open for ordering for the 2017-2018 school year.
The OPI School Nutrition Programs has implemented a new system, Montana Agreement and Payment System (MAPS), to replace CNP Web and the USDA Foods program. Please go to the following link to login into MAPS. https://montanaopi.cnpus.com/Prod/Splash.aspx
Orders will be due by 5:00 pm on Friday February 24th.
Food Service Directors should have receive an email from the OPI Security team with login information.
Each MAPS user will have his/her own login credentials. Sharing login credentials is prohibited. Access rights are tied to individual roles. Should a sponsor/school need to alter an employee’s roles they will need to contact the OPI School Nutrition Program to obtain an “Access Request Form.”
If you currently have access to GEMS and/or DCA, you will use the same login information. If you have forgotten your password there is a reset password link on the MAPS login page. If you reset your password for MAPS, DCA or GEMS it will be reset for all 3 systems.
The USDA Food (Food Distribution) module within MAPS will be assigned to Food Service Directors for survey/ordering rights. If you do not receive an email from the OPI security team with your login credentials it means OPI does not have your correct email address. Please contact our office so we can get that resolved.
Once you get your login information and login into MAPS please go under “Agencies – Contracts” to make sure your contact information in your contract is up-to-date. Once you have checked that over, click “Submit” at the bottom. This will submit your contract to the OPI School Nutrition Program for approval. You do not need state approval before you can start your surveys (or orders).
If you have questions, please contact Tessa Bailly at 406-444-4412.
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.
Grants and Contests
In support of farm to school efforts, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) just announced a contest promoting the use of mushrooms in school recipes. SNA and the Mushroom Council are looking for creative ways to incorporate mushrooms in traditional school meals and innovative marketing materials. First place winner will receive $5,000 to support farm to school efforts from the School Nutrition Association!!
Looking for inspiration? Take a look at these resources from the Mushroom Council:
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds from the Walmart Foundation to support children’s health through park and recreation out-of-school time programs. Grants in 2017 will focus on four main goals:
1. Increase the number of healthy meals children receive through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during out-of-school times;
2. Provide nutrition literacy to children and families that creates behavior change by teaching the importance of healthy eating;
3. Implement nutrition standards that increase access to healthier foods and support a healthy eating environment; and
4. Implement meal and program efficiencies that increase community sustainability.
Applicants not meeting the above requirements are not eligible for this grant
Availability of Funding
One-year grants are available and are expected to range from $25,000 to $35,000. Matching funds are not required.
Use of Funds
Grant funds will be designated for expenditures that help local park and recreation agencies achieve the stated goals of the program: increase healthy meals served to children; provide evidence-based nutrition literacy to children; implement nutrition and physical activity standards; and promote meal and program efficiencies that will lead to more sustainable meal programs.
Examples of eligible expenses include:
• Marketing and promotions within the local community
• Supplies (tables and chairs, for example)
• Food service equipment (heating or refrigeration units, for example)
• Program transportation costs
• Staffing to support program implementation
• Other basic needs to create or expand access to out-of-school nutrition programs
*Funding cannot be used to purchase food for meal programs. However, grant funds can be used to purchase items needed for nutrition literacy curriculum implementation (some activities may require small amounts of food and ingredients).
Additionally, NRPA will provide an evidence-based, nutrition literacy curriculum for all agencies to use and implement.
Application Due Date
Applications are due by 11:59PM ET on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. It is anticipated that NRPA will notify applicants by April 3, 2017.
Please ensure responses are recorded accurately. You can save your progress and continue at a later time by clicking the "Save and continue later" link at the top of the page. Note: Only completed pages are saved - please enter a draft answer for each question on the page if you plan to save and return to your work later. The application is available in PDF format to assist in preparation of responses, but the application MUST be submitted through this online form. For a PDF copy please click HERE.
Apply for an Action for Healthy Kids’ 2017–2018 Game On Grant
Action for Healthy Kids is offering grants for the 2017–2018 school year as part of their School Grants for Healthy Kids program. Schools and school parent groups are welcome to apply. The funds can be used on a range of efforts to improve nutrition and physical activity, including salad bars and farm to school. Grants range from $500–$1,000. Register for informational webinar on Tuesday, February 21, 3 p.m. Eastern.
Apply for an Action for Healthy Kids’ 2017–2018 School Breakfast Grant
Grants are available to individual schools or multiple schools in districts to support school breakfast programs, including Universal Breakfast and Alternative Breakfast. Grants range in size from $500–$3000. Register for an informational webinar on Wednesday, February 22, 3 p.m. Eastern.
Press and Events
Food, culture, and heritage is the theme for this year's International School Meals Day. Celebrate the day by bringing together food and community and embark on discussions about food that reflects you!
Check out Serving up Tradition: A Guide for School Food in Culturally Diverse Communities for recipes and tips to build cultural relevance in your meal program.
National School Breakfast Week
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 6–10. Listen to FRAC’s January Breakfast Matters Webinar for ideas and resources you can use to celebrate school breakfast during NSBW and year round.
Ginny Mermel: Unsung Hero for Hungry Kids
Manhattan school kitchen receives boost from state, locals
Training and Resources
Feb 16: MT Harvest of the Month for Teachers Webinar
Did you know that carrots come in a variety of colors from purple to white? Montana Harvest of the Month offers K-12 schools and afterschool programs a way to feature Montana grown foods through meals, taste tests, and educational activities. Educators can use a topic everyone loves—food—to teach a myriad of subjects while meeting educational standards. Hosted by Montana Team Nutrition Program, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Montana Rural Health Initiative, this webinar features teachers from Ennis and Bigfork schools to share lesson ideas and how they connect Harvest of the Month activities to their subjects and educational standards such as Common Core. This free webinar will be held on Thursday, February 16 from 3:00-4:00pm MST. Register here: https://montana.webex.com/montana/onstage/g.php?MTID=e13511df1a99a32f468402742c6251cd1
For more information about the Montana Harvest of the Month program visit www.montana.edu/mtharvestofthemonth.
Montana Harvest of the Month Workshop for School Food Service
Montana Team Nutrition Program is hosting a Montana Harvest of the Month workshop for School and Afterschool Food Service on March 9 in Great Falls, and March 10 in Missoula at 1:30-4:00pm. Montana Harvest of the Month is an exciting new program that features a different Montana food each month in schools in meals and snacks, taste tests, and educational activities. This provides an easy framework for starting or growing farm to school programs and supporting school wellness initiatives. Explore how schools and afterschool programs can encourage adventurous eaters, provide engaging learning experiences, and promote and improve school meals and snacks through this new program. This interactive workshop will include ideas, tips, and recipes for school and afterschool food service staff as well as opportunities to experience the educational activities and sample Harvest of the Month foods. While this workshop is geared towards school food service, any interested in Montana Harvest of the Month are welcome to attend. Participants can register during the session to receive the Harvest of the Month toolkit including posters and handouts!
Register for this free workshop online today: http://app.keysurvey.com/f/1113991/b953/
Please note: the training originally scheduled for March 7 in Miles City has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for the fall.
Learn more about Montana Harvest of the Month at: www.montana.edu/mtharvestofthemonth.
Montana Farm to School Coordinator
Montana Team Nutrition Program
Action for Healthy Kids Webinars
Wellness Wednesday: Engaging Volunteers through Game On Activities
Wednesday, March 8, 3 - 3:30 pm (CT)
Game On activities can be a great way to get volunteers involved in your school’s wellness plan. Join us for this month’s Wellness Wednesday webinar for tips on how to recruit and engage parents and community members in one-time and ongoing activities and learn about our resources to help build your volunteer network.
School Breakfast: Making Breakfast Part of the School Day
Tuesday, March 14, 3 - 4 pm (CT)
Learn how teachers, principals, district administrators and states have found ways to make breakfast an integral part of the school day.
Making Your Life Easier with Technology: Creating Events and Managing Volunteers in the AFHK School Portal
Tuesday, March 21, 1 - 2 pm (CT)
As Every Kid Healthy Week approaches, join us to learn more about the resources AFHK provides to help schools manage volunteer recruitment, registration and engagement for events. AFHK experts will answer your questions and provide tips and ideas on how to ensure the resources work for your school.
Wellness Wednesday: Promoting Screen-free Activities at School
Wednesday, April 12, 3 - 3:30 pm (CT)
Our kids consume an average of seven hours of screen media per day. Reducing screen time can help children be more physically active, have a healthier diet and perform better in school. Join us for April’s Wellness Wednesday Webinar to learn how to organize Screen-Free Week and promote screen-free activities all year round for students and families in your school community.
Celebrating Your Volunteers: Wrapping Up the Year with a Big "Thank You"
Tuesday, May 9, 1 - 2 pm (CT)
Join us for tips and ideas on how to recognize and thank all your awesome volunteers for their hard work this year and empower them to become even more engaged in the future.
Wellness Wednesday: Offering Healthy Snacks at School
Wednesday, May 10, 3 - 3:30 pm (CT)
Snacks can make or break a healthy diet for both adults and kids. The right snacks can supply our bodies with nutrients we wouldn’t normally eat during meals and give students the energy need to learn and focus during class. Join this webinar to learn from schools across the country on ways to successfully serve healthy snacks to students during the school day.
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