School Nutrition Announcements October 31, 2017


School Nutrition



Updated Infant and Preschool Meal Patterns in NSLP and SBP: Q&As


2017-18 Verification Summary Report

October 1 – November 15

October 31

  • Record the number of Free/Reduced students as of October 31. Check DCA for updates (record student counts in sections 1- 4 of the verification form).

November 15

  • Deadline to finalize Verification activities.

November 1-20

  • Submit the Verification Report in the MAPS system available November 1- 20. 


Work toward a 100% response rate!

For more information please review the USDA’s Eligibility Manual.  Contact Alie Wolf at or 406-444-4413 with questions.


Summer Food Service Program




REISSUED: Sponsors Operating in Multiple States in the Summer Food Service Program


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.

September 2017 [PDF][Publisher]


Grants and Contests

Now Open: MT Harvest of the Month Mini-Grants

Montana Team Nutrition Program is excited to accept applications for the Montana Harvest of the Month Mini-Grant program. Ten $500 mini–grants will be distributed in November 2017 to Montana schools and school-based afterschool programs that are participating in Montana Harvest of the Month. New Harvest of the Month sites are welcome to apply.

The purpose of the mini-grant is to provide support for HOM sites, encourage student engagement and leadership in HOM, research impacts of the program, and obtain feedback from schools regarding the challenges and opportunities of participating in the program.

The mini-grants are funded with support from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPPHS) through a Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention, State Public Health Actions Grant.

Applications are due October 31, 2017 at 11:59pm MST. Get more information at


Apply for a $5,000 USDA School Nutrition Equipment Assistance Grant!

The Office of Public Instruction will fund eleven $5,000 equipment grants to school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) across Montana. The equipment grants serve to assist school districts in providing healthier meals that meet updated meal patterns, with an emphasis on increasing fruits and vegetables in school meals, improving food safety, and expanding access.  Funding for these competitive grants is provided by the Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Act.

  • Complete the 2017-18 School Nutrition Equipment Assistance Grant application to apply.

    • Applications are due by November 10, 2017.
    • Application must be mailed; no faxes will be accepted.

Please contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 444-2501 or Camille McGoven at 444-4415 or with any questions.


Annie’s wants to show future generations how food is grown

USA schools with edible school gardens are eligible for Grants for Gardens. Deadline is November 11, with winners selected and notified in February 2018. Register your school.

The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship honors students creating innovative models to combat hunger in America

The winning student receives $5,000 and a $5,000 grant for their hunger-related charity. Deadline is December 5. Find out more and apply. 

2018 Youth Garden Grant

KidsGardening awards funding and gardening supplies to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs.

Youth Garden Grants are awarded to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs. In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that demonstrate sustainability, as well as impact in curriculum areas, such as:

    • Character education;
    • Health and nutrition;
    • Environmental education; and,
    • Entrepreneurship.

Any nonprofit, school, or youth program planning a new garden project or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3-18 is eligible to apply.

Award packages include seeds, tools, gardening supplies, gift certificates, and curriculum materials. Visit KidsGardening for details on prize packages.

Applications due December 8, 2017!


Press and Events

Students sample Montana-grown apples



THE LAST BEST PLATES: Hinsdale School's farm-to-school program flourishes AUBREE ROTH



Join us for an upcoming webinar!

RHI presents: Let's Eat - Engaging Students in School Lunch

Wednesday, November 1st, 3:30- 4:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time

Presented by: Molly Stenberg, RDN, Montana Team Nutrition 

Have you heard of the Smarter Lunchroom Movement?  Schools make simple changes in their lunchrooms to nudge students to make healthier choices and waste less food.  It really works!  Learn best practices from Montana middle and high schools in engaging students in creating Smarter Lunchrooms. Students' ideas help create a more appealing cafeteria and menu through a School Lunch Advisory Committee (SLAC).  

Learn about a new, free Montana Team Nutrition resource, Let's Eat - Engaging Students in School Lunch which schools can use to 1) form a School Lunch Advisory Council (SLAC) and 2) teach middle and high school students through six lesson plans designed to meet Education Standards for Family Consumer Science, Health Enhancement and Science.  If you work with middle/high school students and are interested in healthy students, school wellness, school meals, and Smarter Lunchrooms, then this webinar is for you! Please join us to learn more.

Target audience - FCS teachers, FCCLA advisors, Health Enhancement and Business teachers, FoodCorps service members, School Food Service Directors, Extension Nutrition and SNAP Educators

Register here!

To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.

US Toll free: +1-855-797-9485

Access code: 920 425 978 


Training and Resources


The Pew Charitable Trusts

Peer and Community Networks Drive Success in Rural School Meal Programs

Challenges and strategies for meeting students’ nutritional needs in remote areas



Fall School Wellness in Action Workshops

WHAT: These workshops will review the benefits of a strong wellness policy, USDA requirements for the school wellness policy and showcase best practices and available tools (for assessing and outreach).  Each workshop will include inspiring presentations, resources, networking, roundtable discussion, and goal setting to help all attendees get involved.  We recommend bringing a team (2-3) people from your school.

WHO: School wellness coordinators and champions, school board trustees, administrators, school nutrition directors, health enhancement teachers, health professionals, parents, and community partners. Come learn, share, and get inspired!

WHEN & WHERE: Missoula – November 7, Havre – November 30, and Billings – December 7, 2017. Each workshop is from 1 to 4 pm. This workshop will be repeated in Butte, Kalispell and Miles City in the fall 2018.  

If these dates don’t work for you or you would like to host a school wellness workshop for your area, we are happy to provide the training and/or technical assistance. 

Continuing Education: 3 OPI renewal units or USDA Professional Standards will be available for participants.

REGISTER: Space is limited, so register early (for free) at:

Come learn, share, and get inspired!   

For more information, contact Katie Bark, from Montana Team Nutrition at or by phone at 406-994-5641.


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. 

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.


FRAC Webinars

Summer Meals Matter

Maximizing Summer Meal Service Days
November 2, 2017 - 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 PM Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
Summer meal programs help fill the nutrition gap when children are out of school, however far too many programs only operate Monday through Friday or for a limited time during the summer. The Summer Nutrition Programs can provide meals on weekends, holidays, and when structured programming - like summer school - ends. Learn about ways sponsors and sites can ensure children are accessing the nutrition they need all summer long.

Breakfast Matters

Enacting State Child Nutrition Legislation
November 9, 2017 - 3:00 PM Eastern (2:00 PM Central, 1:00 PM Mountain, 12:00 PM Pacific)
State child nutrition legislation can dramatically impact program participation. This webinar will explore the different legislative options for school breakfast, summer, and afterschool programs; successful legislative campaigns; and implementing new legislation for maximum impact.

Afterschool Meals Matter

Transitioning from Snacks to Meals
November 16, 2017 - 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 PM Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
Most afterschool programs serve snacks, however for many children a snack is not enough. Children eat lunch hours before the afterschool program and need more than just a snack to make it through the afternoon. Serving meals, instead of or in addition to snacks, is an easy transition when programs have the right tools. Join this call to learn about the many ways it pays to serve meals afterschool and tips on how to transition your program from snacks to meals.