School Nutrition Announcements June 14, 2017
Summer Food Service Program
These resources are annually updated to reflect changes to the Summer Food Service Program and highlight new resources available for sponsors.
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.
Press and Events
Too Many Low-Income Children Missing Out on Summer Meals, Face Greater Risk of Hunger, Report Finds
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2017 — After four years of significant growth, national participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs decreased last summer, according to the Food Research & Action Center’s (FRAC) annual Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report (pdf), released today. During July 2016, the programs served 3 million children across the country — 4.8 percent fewer children than were served in the previous summer.
USDA Farm to School Grant Program
Congratulations to the 2017 Farm to School Grantees!
Gallatin Valley Farm to School Bozeman, Montana
Grant Type: Support Service; $100,000
Gallatin Valley Farm to School will expand services to rural districts in the Bozeman, Montana region to implement the Montana Harvest of the Month program. Participating districts will receive support and training in procurement, marketing and outreach, school capacity development, and implementing farm to school education. Activities also include regional peer networking and supply chain development.
THE LAST BEST PLATES by Aubree Roth
Training and Resources
Summer Meals Matter
Developing Menus and Serving High-Quality Meals
July 6, 2017 (11:00 AM Mountain)
Creating an appealing, high-quality Summer Meal Program menu is important to the success of your program and can draw more children to attend and gain the support of parents. Menus that include variety and healthy food while addressing cultural preferences are important to incorporate into your summer program. Other considerations that come into play as you design your menus are how to budget for the best quality meal and what to do about curbing waste. Hear from program providers on what they do to develop their summer menus, how they’ve improved quality, and how to get feedback from the children being served at sites.
Engaging Educators in Breakfast After the Bell
July 13, 2017 (1:00 PM Mountain)
Educators are key to implementing successful breakfast after the bell programs. Join this webinar to learn how you can engage teachers, principals, and administrators to create effective and sustainable programs, such as breakfast in the classroom, “grab and go,” and second chance. Resources will also be shared to help ensure your school’s transition to a breakfast after the bell program is smooth and successful.
Afterschool Meals Matter
Innovative Afterschool Partnerships
July 20, 2017 (11:00 AM Mountain)
School is around the corner and it is an excellent time to reach out to potential partners who can assist you in building a stronger Afterschool Meal Program. Libraries are moving from serving summer meals to also participating in the Afterschool Meal Program. Mayors are running city-wide efforts to increase participation in Afterschool Meals and there are opportunities to partner with groups that are offering innovative afterschool programming. Join this call to learn more about the innovative partnerships that are happening across the country.