School Nutrition Announcements April 4, 2017
Summer Food Service Program
Fun in the Sun: Summer Summit 2017
Join us at the summit to stay up to date on program operations and learn from other sponsors from across the great state of Montana. The Summer Summit is free but registration is required. Deadline for Registration: April 17, 2017. Lunch and coffee will be provided.
- Fulfill your annual SFSP Sponsor Workshop requirement.
- Learn how to navigate the new Montana Agreement and Payments System (MAPS). MAPS will replace CNPWeb for SFSP applications and claims in Summer 2017.
Note: Bring your laptop if you would like extra assistance filling out your agreement for Summer 2017 after the Summer Summit.
- Opportunity to share ideas and resources with peers from around the state.
- Learn more about how to successfully operate the Summer Food Service Program.
Where: Helena Great Northern Hotel (835 Great Northern Blvd, Helena, MT 59601)
When: April 21st, 2017
Time: 10am to 2:30pm
Grants and Contests
Action for Healthy Kids School Grant
We are now accepting grant applications for the 2017-2018 school year:
- Breakfast grants to pilot or expand school breakfast programs are available, thanks to support from Walmart Foundation.
- Game On grants to support physical activity and nutrition initiatives are available, thanks to support from CSX, GoGo squeeZ, Saputo and Target.
- Parents for Healthy Kids grants are available that focus on implementing Game On, thanks to support from ALDI and our promotional partner, National PTA. Programs with a parent engagement component will be given priority, and parent-led groups are encouraged to apply (e.g. PTAs, PTOs and school wellness teams with parent members). Select Game On grants on our school grants portal and complete the parent-specific questions to get priority points.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant
Nutrition Equipment Grants Now Open! Does your cafeteria need new equipment to help serve healthy breakfasts and/or lunches? Team up with your school’s food services professional to apply. Deadline April 28! https://www.fueluptoplay60.com/funding/nutrition-equipment-grant
Press and Events
Community eligibility experienced significant growth in the 2016–2017 school year, according to the report FRAC released
In the 2016–2107 school year, more than 20,000 high-poverty schools in 3,500 districts adopted community eligibility, an increase of 2,500 schools compared to the 2015–2016 school year. Community eligibility allows high-needs schools to offer meals at no charge, while reducing administrative work for schools so they can operate more efficient school meal programs and focus more time and resources on providing healthy meals to all students. These schools serve 9.7 million students who now have access to two healthy meals a day at school.
To read the full report and learn more about community eligibility, click here (pdf).
To search for eligible and participating schools, click here.
For additional resources, visit FRAC’s Community Eligibility Page.
Training and Resources
Now Available: Gardens in Tribal Communities Fact Sheet
Check out our newest fact sheet, Gardens in Tribal Communities. This fact sheet focuses on Tribal Nations leveraging their school gardens as a tool to preserve tribal language, culture, and as a source of food for child nutrition programs. Learn more about how tribal communities are using gardens to educate students and enhance their connection to the land.
Looking for delicious lentil recipes, check out Lentils: Gems in the Treasure State
This resource has information on lentils, recipes and more.
Food-Safe Schools Action Guide and the new video series, Produce Safety Hacks
The USDA FNS Office of Food Safety, in collaboration with the Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs, is excited to share a new website, www.FoodSafeSchools.org. This new website features the Food-Safe Schools Action Guide, a 2015 publication, in a user-friendly format. The Food Safe-Schools Action Guide provides school nutrition directors with specific steps to promote a culture of food safety within their school communities. When visiting the website, school nutrition professionals are invited to “Share Your Story” by describing how they have created a culture of food safety in their school communities.
THE USDA FNS Office of Food Safety also released a video series called Produce Safety Hacks. These five, minute-long, social-media friendly videos educate foodservice professionals on “tricks of the trade” to help them keep produce safe and at a high quality. The video series is available in English and Spanish languages at https://tinyurl.com/ProduceSafetyHacksPlaylist.
The new Food Safe Schools website and the Produce Safety Hacks series can also be accessed through the FNS Office of Food Safety website at www.fns.usda.gov/food-safety, which hosts a variety of food safety resources for USDA’s nutrition assistance program operators. Let’s grow food safety!
Action for Healthy Kids Webinars
Wellness Wednesday: Promoting Screen-free Activities at School
Wednesday, April 12, 2 - 2:30 pm (MT)
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, 12 - 1 pm (MT)
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, 2 - 2:30 pm (MT)
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.
Every Student Succeeds Act and the Child Nutrition Programs
April 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Mountain)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces No Child Left Behind. Under ESSA, each state must develop an education plan that includes accountability measures and the kinds of supports that schools in the state will use to track and improve student outcomes. These plans create an important opportunity to increase access to school breakfast, as well as the afterschool and summer nutrition programs. Join us to learn more about the process and how you can engage.
Summer Meals Matter
Expanding Access in Rural and Tribal Areas
April 6, 2017 - 1:00 PM Eastern (11:00 AM Mountain)
Summer meal expansion efforts in rural and tribal areas require creative thinking and cultural competency in order to fill the hunger gap for low-income children. Join us to learn how summer meal champions are coming together to support programming, transportation, and meal delivery in these areas.
Afterschool Meals Matter
Organizing Site Visits with Elected Officials
April 20, 2017 - 1:00 PM Eastern (11:00 AM Mountain)
Inviting elected officials to your Afterschool Meal Program site can offer exposure to your program and build support in the community. Hear from advocates and other program providers that have invited elected officials to observe Afterschool Meal Program sites in action. Learn how to organize a visit and the benefits of inviting elected officials to a meal program.