School Nutrition Announcements June 28, 2017
School Nutrition Programs - Online Agreements
OPI School Nutrition Programs is replacing CNPweb with new software. Sponsors will enter online agreements and claims in SY17-18 using the Montana Agreement and Payment System (MAPS). More information and training will be available soon once the system goes live.
Summer Food Service Program
Press and Events
Solving the Beef to School Equation
The Beef to School Project in Montana has had another productive year, with continued success in cultivating enthusiasm and developing strategies for getting Montana beef to Montana kids. In late April, members of the Beef to School Coalition (the stakeholder arm of the Beef to School Project) met at Bozeman High School to discuss progress and steps for the future of beef to school. Read on for all the details about the meeting and future plans.
Curious where your USDA Foods come from? The "State of Origin for USDA Foods in Fiscal Year 2015" report is now available! This report analyzes State-of-origin data for fiscal year (FY) 2015, which captures the States where USDA purchased food. In FY 2015, USDA purchased over 2 billion pounds of food, at a cost of nearly $2 billion. This included both raw food products such as meats, vegetables, and fruits; products used as ingredients in further processed foods; as well as finished food products like cereal, crackers, and pasta.
Operator Activity Guide [English] [Spanish]
Use this guide to start an enrichment program at summer meal sites or enhance an existing program. It includes more than 30 nutrition education activities, games, and kid-friendly recipes.
Activity Placemat [English] [Spanish]
Reinforce MyPlate messages with this fun activity sheet that doubles as a placemat. Kids can color, decode nutrition messages, and laugh at a few funny food jokes.
Display Summer Food, Summer Moves Posters at summer meal sites to reinforce healthy messages. The set of seven posters is available in English and Spanish. These educational posters at summer meal sites to reinforce healthy messages.
Family Activity Guides
Give them to parents or send home with children. These guides provide fun games, healthy eating tips, recipes, and more!
- Summer Meals, Summer Fun [English] [Spanish]
- Stay Cool with Summer Meals [English] [Spanish]
- Movin’ with Summer Meals [English] [Spanish]
- Summer Meals, Summer Friends [English] [Spanish]
- Let’s Celebrate Summer Meals [English] [Spanish]
- Eat Smart to Play Hard [English] [Spanish]
- Team Nutrition Posters
Find eight educational Team Nutrition posters that encourage children to make healthy choices.
- Team Nutrition Training Materials
Discover materials that help schools integrate nutrition education into classroom learning as well as materials for home, cafeteria, and community connections.
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.