School Nutrition Announcements April 19, 2017


School Nutrition



Local School Wellness Policy: Guidance and Q&As


Summer Food Service Program

Hello Summer Sponsors,

The 2017 Summer Summit is fast approaching (it's this FRIDAY).  Please remember to register if you plan on joining us at the Summit.  We hope to see you there!   Remember to bring a laptop if you wish to stay late for some one-on-one assistance with entering your 2017 SFSP agreement into MAPS


Can't join us on Friday?  No problem!  Join OPI School Nutrition Programs for a SFSP webinar to fulfill your required sponsor workshop.  You can find the details on how to connect to a webinar on the OPI SFSP webpage.

OPI School Nutrition Programs 


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.

April 2017 [PDF] [Publisher]


Grants and Contests

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!


First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) launched a new grant program called “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future” thanks to generous funding provided by the Walmart Foundation

The effort will provide grants to Native American communities interested in expanding nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children ages 6-14. First Nations plans to award up to 10 grants of up to $15,000 each to continue or expand existing nutrition efforts.

The deadline for all online grant applications is May 5, 2017. The grant period will commence June 1, 2017, and end January 31, 2018. The full Request for Proposals and the application link can be found at


Press and Events

New Montana School Breakfast Report

Last month, MFBN released our 2015-2016 Montana School Breakfast Report! The report uses data collected by Montana’s Office of Public Instruction to analyze participation trends at the state and district level. The report found that 39% of students participating in Free and Reduced Price school meals students regularly ate breakfast, up from 34% last school year. Meals served through the School Breakfast Program increased by nearly 13%, due in part to the fact that nearly 90% of school that offer lunch also served breakfast.

Take a look at the report and see how breakfast participation in your school compares to others in the state. If their numbers are strong, or if they grew from the previous year, reach out to administrators and school food folks and congratulate them on their hard work!

MFBN also received funding from the Hunger Is program to help increase breakfast participation in Montana. MFBN is using part of the grant, $30,000, to provide mini-grant opportunities to help schools strengthen their breakfast programs and reach more kids. Schools were invited to apply based on their current participation data, as well as those with no program. We are very excited to offer this opportunity to support school breakfast expansion in Montana.

For more information on MFBN work to support School Breakfast, please contact Tirza Asbell at 406.215.1771 or

The National Farm to School Network’s new
Seed Change in Native Communities with Farm to School project is taking off this month with the selection of five Native schools as mini-grantees


From planting native orchards to serving traditional foods in school meals, the schools will be expanding farm to school activities and leveraging community support to build food security and food sovereignty. Here’s a preview of the projects they’ll be working on:


Hardin School District Crow Reservation: Crow Nation (Montana)
Partner with local entities and individuals to empower students in learning about traditional foods, preparation, storage and ceremony. Create a native orchard, featuring a variety of native berries, including buffalo berries, june berries and chokecherries.


Celebrate National Garden Month with School Gardens

April is National Garden Month, and with spring in full swing, there’s no better time to get a jumpstart on growing school gardens. The National Farm to School Network Resource Library is full of information to help get your garden growing and students engaging in hands-on learning, including:

Find more resources by checking the “School Gardens” topic in our Resource Library search bar. Let’s get growing!


Every Kid Healthy Week
April 24-28

Join us in celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week, April 24-28! Launched by Action for Healthy Kids in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is a time for schools, students, parents and communities to recognize their school’s wellness achievements through fun and interactive health-promoting events. Find more info and get involved at

Training and Resources

Montana Team Nutrition is hosting several Serving Up Success- Standardized Recipes Guarantee It, Regional Workshops for Schools and Child Care Programs in May 

Schools in the Havre, Butte, Dillon and Great Falls regions are invited to attend!  

Here are the details: 

WHAT: Using standardized recipes can save time and money in school and child care programs.  This workshop will teach the basics of creating and working with standardized recipes.  Learn to size recipes to specific yields and how to modify recipes with simple calculations.  Participants will practice developing standardized recipes for their own use.  Learn how to create, use and find standardized recipes to make your job easier!   The workshop is free.  Registration is required.  This workshop provides 2 hours of continuing education for schools (Professional Standards).             


Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm in Havre

Location: Human Resources Development Council Building, 2229 5th Avenue, Havre, MT 59501

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm in Butte

Location: Butte 4-C’s office, 101 N Main St, Butte, MT 59701

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm in Dillon

Location: Barret Hospital, 600 MT HWY 91 S, Dillon, MT 59725  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in Great Falls 

Location:  Christ United Methodist Church, 2900 9th Avenue South, Great Falls, MT 59405

Register here:  or contact Molly Stenberg, Montana Team Nutrition, at (406) 994-7217 or


Montana Team Nutrition Program is hosting a Montana Harvest of the Month workshop for school and afterschool food service staff on May 12 from 1:30pm – 4:00pm in Great Falls

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. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite recipes that feature 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! The Fresh Food Forum will be held on Saturday, May 13 in Great Falls and will provide many great activities and hands-on workshops to support local foods and gardening.

Registration closes on May 5. More information and registration at:

Learn more about Montana Harvest of the Month at:

 Questions? Contact: 

Aubree Roth

Montana Farm to School Coordinator

Montana Team Nutrition Program

(406) 994-5996


Action for Healthy Kids Webinars

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.


FRAC and NASSP’s Secondary School Principals’ Breakfast After the Bell Toolkit: Tips and Resources for a Successful Breakfast Program
FRAC, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recently released the Secondary School Principals’ Breakfast After the Bell Toolkit to help secondary school principals implement breakfast after the bell programs in their schools. The toolkit contains valuable and customizable resources, including tips for a successful program, sample outreach materials for communicating with staff and families about the new breakfast program, and event planning materials.
Download the toolkit today.

FRAC Webinars

Summer Meals Matter

Tapping into Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations
May 4, 2017 (11:00 AM Mountain)
Faith-based and neighborhood organizations can support meal preparation, programming, outreach to increase your participation, and ultimately help build up community support and investment in your summer program. Join this call to learn how these partners can help ensure the sustainability and growth of your program over time to enable you to serve a greater number of children in your community when the school year ends.

Community Eligibility

Community Eligibility in Rural Schools
May 8, 2017 (11:00 AM Mountain)
The Community Eligibility Provision allows high-need schools and districts to offer meals at no cost to all students and eliminates the need for household school meal applications. Schools that implement community eligibility often see increased participation in the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program and reduced paperwork burden. Schools in rural communities are an important access point for nutritious meals for low-income students and offering meals through community eligibility can help ensure students have access to the healthy meals they need to succeed. Join FRAC, the National Rural Education Association and The School Superintendents Association to learn more about the benefits of community eligibility and how to implement it from rural school administrators.

Breakfast Matters

Breakfast Matters Webinar — Back To School
May 11, 2017 (1:00 PM Mountain)
The school year is ending, but the planning for the next academic year is already beginning. Join us as we share tips and tools for preparing your school district’s food and nutrition service strategies for the 2017–2018 school year. Topics will include forming an unpaid meal policy, making the most of the Community Eligibility Provision, and launching or enhancing your Breakfast After the Bell and afterschool meal programs.

Afterschool Meals Matter

Schools Operating the Afterschool Meal Program in Schools and Beyond
May 18th, 2017 (11:00 AM Mountain)
Schools are a natural fit for operating the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program, with the food service experience, established systems, and educational programming already in place to support successful implementation. By acting as a sponsor, vendor, site, or partnering with community partners, schools can play a huge role in ensuring children have access to the healthy meals they need when school is out while also bringing in more federal reimbursement to support overall operations. Hear from presenters on how to build stronger, more sustainable Afterschool Meal Programs by engaging community partners and serving healthy, kid-friendly meals.