School Nutrition Announcements September 22, 2017


OPI School Nutrition Programs Fall Workshops

 Please plan on joining the OPI School Nutrition Programs specialists for FREE training this fall!

 Administrative and Foodservice Fall Workshops will be split into two separate 3-hour sessions. Foodservice workshops are being hosted in the mornings from 9 AM-12 PM and Administrative Workshops will be hosted in the afternoons from 1 PM-4 PM. Please see the attached agenda for specific workshop topics. Each 3-hour workshop session counts toward professional standards training requirements.  Lunch will not be provided.






September 27

Courtyard by Marriott
4559 N Reserve St, Missoula, MT 59808

Foodservice: 9 AM- 12 PM

Administrative: 1 PM-4 PM


September 28

The Firebrand Hotel

650 E 3rd St, Whitefish, MT 59937


Foodservice: 9 AM- 12 PM

Administrative: 1 PM-4 PM



Please sign up for this year’s workshops in MAPS. Registration will close two days prior to each workshop date.

Please contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 444-2501 with questions about the upcoming Fall Workshops!



School Nutrition



Beginning Verification before October 1: Guidance to Local Educational Agencies




Montana Team Nutrition Smarter Lunchrooms Project

Are you interested in designing your cafeteria and service lines to nudge student to select fruits and vegetables, increase student participation, or decrease food waste? If so, you may be interested in working with Montana Team Nutrition in creating a Smarter Lunchroom.  By making one to three simple low cost changes and engaging students in giving you feedback on your menu, you can see improvements. Montana schools using Smarter Lunchrooms have seen positive results. 

Participating schools can receive a $500.00 mini grant and a food scale.  Schools will work with MT Team Nutrition staff to collect baseline information, make a Smarter Lunchrooms change, and collect information after the change is made to see if the project was successful.  It’s an opportunity to try something new, get student feedback and create a Smarter Lunchroom through the process.

Please contact Molly Stenberg at Montana Team Nutrition if you are interested in learning more.   We look forward to working with you!


Phone 406.994.7217

Thank you!

Molly Stenberg



Press and Events

Are You Ready for Montana Crunch Time?

Whether you are at school, work, home, or out having fun, join Montana in celebrating Food Day and National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples on October 24th at 2:00pm MST.

This collective crunch encourages healthy eating and connects with farm to school and buy local initiatives throughout the state. It also a fun way to connect food and nutrition into learning from science to art! The Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, Montana State University, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Alternative Energy Resources Organization, Montana No Kid Hungry, Eat Right Montana, Montana Department of Agriculture, National Farm to School Network, Montana FoodCorps, and other statewide partners have created a guide and additional resources to help every Montanan crunch into a delicious apple this October.

 For more information about Montana Crunch Time, to register and receive your guide, visit or contact Aubree Roth at or (406) 994-5996. Make sure to collect a “crunch byte” (video, photos, or audio) to share! Use #MTCrunchTime to share you crunch byte on social media.

Training and Resources

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Create a healthier district with healthier schools to improve student performance, attendance and behavior.

Last month, we unveiled the 2017 list of America’s Healthiest Schools* and celebrated the more than 300 schools nationwide that making it easier for students and staff to eat healthy and move more. Next year, will your district’s schools make the list?

All 323 of America’s Healthiest Schools started their journey to health with our Healthy Schools Program. The Healthy Schools Program supports schools and districts like yours in implementing healthy policies and practices that have a positive impact on school climate and student health. Research shows that a healthy school can improve student performance, attendance and behavior. If you believe that every child deserves a healthy school, then the Healthy Schools Program is right for your district.

Join the Healthy Schools Program today to receive trainings, resources, action-planning tools and customized support for your district ‒ all at no cost. Together, we can help your schools become America’s Healthiest in 2018 and beyond.


Action for Healthy Kids and National PTA

Parents for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids and National PTA, with support from ALDI, have teamed up to create, a new website that teaches parents how to get involved in school health and wellness to create healthier schools where kids can thrive.
The site is unlike any other dedicated to school health—it's by parents for parents, no matter what your knowledge or experience is in school health.  The interactive site includes:

    • Quizzes: Do you really know how healthy your child's school is?
    • Like a Boss: Everything you need to navigate the hallways of school health and wellness.
    • Hot Topics: Physical Activity & P.E., Recess, Good Eats, Snack Time, Fundraisers and Policy.
    • Inspiration: Videos and testimonials that will inspire you to get started or keep going.
    • A Community Forum: exchange ideas and connect with other parents

Wherever and whenever you are ready to champion healthy habits in your child's school, take the first step by visiting



FRAC Webinars

Afterschool Meals Matter

Using Data and Events to Build Programs
October 19, 2017 11:00 AM Mountain

Learn how data and events can be used to identify gaps in service, enhance outreach efforts and engage advocates to expand the Afterschool Meal Program.

Summer Meals Matter

Addressing Cultural Barriers at Summer Sites
October 5, 2017 11:00 AM Mountain

Inclusive, welcoming sites are a critical component of any successful nutrition program. Often families will not visit summer meal sites with their children because of language barriers, communication issues and additional cultural barriers. On this call, our partners will share methods programs can use to ensure all children feel welcome to attend meal sites, along with best practices and resources for creating inclusive, welcoming environments. 

Breakfast Matters

Community Eligibility: Strategies to Improve Your ISP
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 12:00 PM Mountain

A joint webinar of FRAC and the School Nutrition Association.
Community eligibility is a huge success, reducing paperwork for schools and increasing school breakfast and lunch participation. Still, nearly 45 percent of eligible schools have not yet implemented this beneficial option, and schools that were early adopters of community eligibility will have to redo their ISPs for the 2018-2019 school year. Since the Identified Student Percentage (students certified for free school meals without an application) determines the level of reimbursement a school will receive and whether or not the school will operate in the black, taking steps to improve a districts’ ISP will ensure that the ISP accurately reflects the poverty in the school and make community eligibility a more viable option. This webinar will cover best practices for improving direct certification, making sure that children who are homeless, in foster care, etc., are certified without an application, and conducting SNAP outreach to help improve your districts’ ISP.


Action for Healthy Kids Fall 2017 Webinars

Check out our can't-miss fall webinars to help you transform your school in an effort to make every kid healthy. 

Register for one or all of them today. Continue reading for the full list of upcoming webinars. 

School Breakfast: Moving Meals Improves Participation
Tuesday, October 10, 1 - 2 pm (MT)
Join our webinar to discover the many benefits of moving school meals out of the cafeteria and before the bell.

Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Celebrations are More Fun
Wednesday, October 11, 2 – 3 pm (MT)
Learn how to have fun with healthy classroom parties and school celebrations. Join this webinar for ideas and resources for parents, teachers and students to incorporate into your next party.

Recess: Why it Should Rock
Tuesday, October 24, 1- 2 pm (MT)
Learn why recess is an evidence-based strategy to enhance learning environments and active schools during this webinar. 

Wellness Wednesday: Integrating Movement into a Well-Rounded Education
Wednesday, November 8, 2 - 2:30 pm (MT)
Join this webinar to learn about integrating movement into a well-rounded education. Hear examples from AFHK schools and create active classrooms through simple and manageable movement strategies, games and lesson ideas.

Family and Community Engagement 101: Maximizing Volunteers for School Health
Thursday, November 16, 1 - 2 pm (MT)
It’s essential to make the most out of your family and community volunteers and partners to make the most out of your school health programs. This webinar will prepare you on how to best use the parent and community volunteers you already have, and how to find the best volunteers to meet your school health needs.

Game On for Child Nutrition Professionals
Thursday, November 30, 2 - 3 pm (MT)
Game On supports America’s schools in creating healthier school environments. This webinar will introduce Game On to child nutrition professionals. Discover the many resources Game On offers to support your role as the healthy eating experts at your school.

Game On for Healthy and Physical Education Teachers
Tuesday, December 5, 1 - 2 pm (MT)
This webinar will provide specific examples and tips on how to integrate Game On into health and physical education; address the professional role health and physical educators play in coordinating and sustaining school wellness initiatives.

Wellness Wednesday: Integrating Nutrition Education into a Well-Rounded Education
Wednesday, December 13, 2 - 2:30 pm (MT)
Learn how your school can integrate nutrition education into core subjects. Strategies, tips and lesson ideas can be used at all levels and in multiple subjects. 

Wellness Wednesday: Is Your School Ready to Take the SuperFit School Challenge? 
Wednesday, January 10, 2 - 2:30 pm (MT)
Join us to learn about our new fundraising program, SuperFit School Challenge, and how your school can focus on helping students become healthier while raising more funds.

Get Recognized as a Healthy School with the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Initiative
Thursday, January 25, 12 - 1 pm (MT)
Join this webinar to learn more about the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms initiative and get tips and tricks for submitting a successful application. 

The Latest and Greatest on Local School Wellness Policies
Tuesday, January 30, 1 - 2 pm (MT)
Learn about the latest trends, research and resources for your district's Local School Wellness Policy to ensure compliance with requirements.