School Nutrition Announcements November 14, 2017

November Report Reminders:

November 10 Submit the October Claim for Reimbursement

November 14 Submit the Food Safety Inspection report for the 2016-17 school year

November 15 Deadline to collect household documentation/complete verification process

November 20 Submit Verification Report in MAPS

Call 406-444-2501 with questions.


Grants and Contests

USApple, NASDA and School Nutrition Association Launch Healthy Snacking Grant Program

Because Student Achievement Begins with Better Nutrition

 The U.S. Apple Association in partnership with the School Nutrition Association and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture today announced the call for entries for the 2017 Apples4Ed grant program. The program, with a renewed focus and rebranded website, will award one $10,000 and two $5,000 grants to fund a healthy snacking initiative on a school campus.

Students, food service directors, PE teachers – anyone connected to the school – are encouraged to submit their healthy snacking idea by completing a short form found on the site before November 30, 2017. All initiatives requesting grant funding must fall into one of three categories: hands-on-learning, event or food service. With few program parameters, creative ideas could range from a new school garden to a fitness competition and anything in between.


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!


Training and Resources

MT Beef to School Webinar – November 15 at 2pm

Learn about successful strategies for purchasing and serving local beef in Montana schools with a one-hour webinar on November 15 at 2:00pm. This webinar will provide information about the Montana Beef to School Project’s ( findings and resources as well as give participants the first look at beef to school procurement templates! Jay Stagg, Foodservice Director of Whitefish Public Schools, will share his journey and recommendations for purchasing and serving Montana beef. Beef is the Montana Harvest of the Month for March!


This webinar is part of Montana Office of Public Instruction’s Webinar Wednesday series. Participants can join (no preregistration needed) at: Each installment of Webinar Wednesday counts as 1 hour of continuing education for school nutrition professionals. 


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 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. 

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

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.