School Nutrition Announcements May 5, 2017

In honor of School Lunch Hero Day, OPI School Nutrition Programs sends a special message of thanks to all the wonderful food service directors and staff of Montana.


Dear Montana lunch ladies and dudes,

You are a group with great attitudes!

Whatever happens to come your way,

You bravely face it every day.


Standardized recipes, HACCP plans,

Long hours, paperwork, strict demands.

All these tasks would make us be jerks,

YOU take it in stride; YOU make it all work!


Where would we be without all of you?

Burning the toast and scorching the stew…

Kids would be hungry, the kitchen a mess,

Thank goodness we have you, or we’d be distressed.


Happy to work hard, you folks do your part,

All that and more, you give your whole heart.

You are our heroes, that much is true,

Thank you for all the great things that you do!


-          OPI School Nutrition Programs



School Nutrition



Accommodating Disabilities in the School Meal Programs: Guidance and Q&As


SP27 CACFP12 SFSP08- 2017

Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol



FNS-640 Administrative Review Report Form and Instructions


Claims for Reimbursement

As we reach the end of the 2017 school year, please continue to use this link  CNPweb 2016-17 Claims to submit your claims for reimbursement. We are transitioning to a new system (MAPS) for submitting claims for the 2018 school year. The MAPS system is active for the 2017 Summer Food Service Program and the link to the system posted on our website. It is confusing because they look similar.

Also, remember to have your claims submitted by the 10th of the following month. If your district operates 10 or fewer days in June, please combine May and June together in one claim by the 10th of July.

We will let you know when the new system is available for entering your 2018 agreements and inform you of training to assist with use of the new system.


Summer Food Service Program

Hello Summer Sponsors,

Just a friendly reminder that SFSP Agreements are now open in MAPS.  If you were listed as a Food Service Director, Claim Contact, or Authorized Representative in a SFSP agreement last year a username and password has been sent to your email.

 2017 Reminders and Dates:

  • The due date for SFSP Agreements this year is May 19th, 2017.
  • All sponsors must attend a SFSP Workshop.  Workshop offerings are posted here.  
    • Remember to enter the date of the workshop you will attend to meet the training requirement in your sponsor agreement. 
  • If you wish to add a new site to your program let us know by filling out a New Site Request.  We will review your sites for eligibility and add them to your agreement.  

Thanks for all you do to make summer fun in your community!

- OPI School Nutrition Programs 




SP27 CACFP12 SFSP08- 2017

Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol


Check out the Team Nutrition Summer Resources. (Available in English and Spanish)


Grants and Contests

USDA School Meal Programs Verification Response Rate Challenge

Every year, SFAs process free and reduced-price meal applications for about 9 million children.  Of those applicants, thousands of notices are sent to their households to verify their eligibility. In school year 2015-2016, 40 percent of households nationwide that were contacted for verification did not respond to requests for documentation.  Fortunately, some SFAs have identified strategies that reduced their non-response rates to well below the national average.  We would like to hear from those SFAs, and all other SFA and State agency staff who have solutions for increasing the household response rate!


Press and Events

Ag Secretary Perdue Moves to Make School Meals Great Again

OPI School Nutrition Programs will provide training and guidance materials about changes in the School Meal Programs as a result of this newly announced flexibility as soon as available. In the meantime, please continue to plan menus and serve meals as you are currently providing.


Training and Resources

Spring has sprung! Team Nutrition has several Garden-Based Resources to connect nutrition education to school and child care gardens, local farms, and farmers markets

Use these resources to teach children where their foods come from and get them excited about eating more fruits and vegetables. Remember, healthy habits take root when kids are young!


Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Learn how other districts have made #WellnessWins

Many districts have successfully adopted strong wellness policies that benefit the health of students and staff ‒ and you can, too! Not sure where to start? You’re not alone! Learn how other districts have made #WellnessWins + get free resources to help your district’s wellness policy align with the latest USDA guidelines.


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 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).             


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 Webinars

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.