School Nutrition Announcements February 27, 2017


Grants and Contests

Can you Blend the Rules?

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 must:

  • Be a local government agency (e.g., municipal park and recreation department, tribal recreation department, park district, community services department, etc.)
  • Serve meals/snacks through the SFSP and/or the CACFP in 2017 (if you are not sure if you participate in these programs please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document)
  • Have not received funding from NRPA for a previous healthy out-of-school time grant

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.

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.

Press and Events

National School Breakfast Week March 6–10
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.


March 9th is International School Meals Day!

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.


Montana Farm to School Success Story

Learn how Gallatin Valley Farm to School keep farm to school growing when school is out for the summer through summer camps and more! See attached and you can also find this and past success stories online at:

Training and Resources

SNAP: Strengthening Schools and Communities
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 11:00 am

Presented by Montana OPI and Montana Food Bank Network

Did you know that community participation in SNAP can help strengthen your School Meal programs? SNAP participation allows more kids to be directly certified for free school meals, which streamlines administration and helps your school qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision. We will highlight how the programs are all tied together and how SNAP outreach will benefit not only families but also supports schools and communities.

Attend the webinar to learn more about how schools can help families get enrolled in SNAP, supporting students and schools!

Register for the March 1st Webinar today -


Registration closes on Friday, March 3

Montana Team Nutrition Program is hosting a Montana Harvest of the Month workshop for school and afterschool food service staff 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 these free workshops online today:

Learn more about Montana Harvest of the Month at:


Montana No Kid Hungry Resources

Spring 2017 Grants Available – The Breakfast, Afterschool, and Summer Meal grant portals are now available online!  Go to for the Breakfast grant for the Afterschool grant

To learn more and apply.  Breakfast and Afterschool grant applications must be submitted by March 31st, and Summer Meal grants are due by April 14th.

Become a No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps Service Site
– Applications are now available for school districts interested in improving and expanding their meal services and increasing student participation in federally-funded meal programs, such as the School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, and Afterschool Meal Program.  AmeriCorps members are able to assist with implementing alternative breakfast models, grant-writing, educating students to make healthier food choices, building community partnerships, and more!  The deadline to apply is May 19th.

Wear Orange Wednesday takes place on Wednesday, April 19th, in the middle of Fight Childhood Hunger Week (Apr. 17th-23rd).  Throughout the week, 20 middle and high school students across Montana serving on the Governor and First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council will implement projects to address childhood hunger in their communities.  For a list of projects, visit  On April 19th, as part of Fight Childhood Hunger Week, Montana No Kid Hungry will hold the third annual Wear Orange Wednesday event to raise awareness about childhood hunger in Montana.  We encourage your school’s faculty, staff, and students to participate by wearing orange, taking and sharing photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages using the hashtag #WearOrangeWednesday, and using the “I’m Wearing Orange Because…” sign to personalize your support for ending childhood hunger.

#MTschooleats Photo Contest
- As you may be aware, Round One of our #MTschooleats photo contest is wrapping up on March 3rd, and we’ve seen over 100 fantastic photo submissions showcasing Montana’s healthy school meals!  If you would like to participate for a chance to win up to $750, submit photos of the healthy meals being served at your school through our Photo Contest website now through March 3rd.  Round Two kicks off on March 4th and will run through April 30th, so there are still plenty of opportunities to submit your entries!

For more information, contact Ted Irvin

AmeriCorps VISTA – Montana No Kid Hungry
Department of Public Health and Human Services
2401 Colonial Drive, 3rd Floor

Helena, MT 59601-4210



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.


FRAC Webinars

Breakfast Matters

Community Eligibility Adoption in the 2016-2017 School Year
March 23, 2017 - 3:00 PM Eastern (2:00 PM Central, 1:00 PM Mountain, 12:00 Noon Pacific)
FRAC will be releasing new data on schools and districts participating in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2016-217 school year. Community eligibility allows high poverty schools to offer free breakfast and lunch and reduce administrative work. Join us to hear how your state compares in take up of community eligibility and trends that are emerging in the third year of nationwide availability. We’ll also cover tips for using our interactive database of eligible and participating schools.

Afterschool Meals Matter

Libraries and Museums Operating the Afterschool Meal Program
March 16, 2017 – 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 Noon Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
Libraries and museums provide a perfect setting for the Afterschool Meal Program. Learn from advocates, libraries, and museums strategies for making afterschool meals work at these community locations.

Summer Meals Matter

Partnerships - Police Departments and Summer Meals
March 2, 2017 - 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 Noon Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
Partnerships between local law enforcement and Summer Nutrition Programs can foster healthier community relations and keep children safe and engaged while enjoying a healthy meal when school is out. Additionally, many police departments provide youth programming, which can be a perfect fit for serving summer meals. This call will highlight programs and advocates that have engaged law enforcement in Summer Nutrition Programs and tips for replicating it in different communities.

FRAC/YMCA National Anti-Hunger Support Series

Improving the Quality and Appeal of Summer and Afterschool Meals
March 9, 2017 - 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 Noon Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
Summer and afterschool meals don’t have to be boring, bland, or repetitive! The quality of meals plays a critical role in the success of the Summer and Afterschool Meal Programs in alleviating hunger, improving nutrition, and attracting more children to sites. Join us to hear from program providers, sponsors, and advocates on ways to: improve vendor contracts to include healthier meals, incorporate fresh and local foods, and improve the appeal of the meals served to children all year long.