School Nutrition Announcements December 1, 2017


School Nutrition



Donated Food Storage, Distribution, and Product Dating


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.

November 2017 [PDF] [Publisher]

October 2017 [PDF] [Publisher]


Grants and Contests

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!



Fuel Up To Play 60 Bulletin Board Contest

Enter to win by showing off your Fuel Up to Play 60 spirit

You could win a Fuel Up to Play 60 Playground Stencil Kit (paint included) or a $2,200 US Games gift card when you get creative with your own Fuel Up to Play 60 bulletin board!

The deadline is December 15. 

See the rules and details.


Training and Resources

Beef to School Procurement Templates

Available to download on the Montana Beef to School page


Action for Healthy Kids Fall 2017 Webinars

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

Developing Marketing Plans for Summer Outreach
December 7, 2017 (11:00 AM Mountain)
There are a number of creative ways marketing can be used to increase participation at Summer Nutrition Program sites. On this call you will hear about effective methods and resources that advocates and program providers use to promote their program and reach the children who will benefit most from summer meals. You will also hear about the ways organizations and programs are using social media to reach children and teens.

Breakfast Matters

Opportunities to Advocate for the Child Nutrition Programs in ESSA 
December 14, 2017 (1:00 PM Mountain)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA was designed to bring more decision-making back to state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs— also referred to as school districts) and to ensure the wholistic needs of all students are met so they are prepared for the future, academically and professionally. All states have developed education plans to meet the goals of ESSA, including accountability measures and the kinds of supports that schools in the state will use to track and improve student outcomes. School districts are now in the process of creating their own local-level ESSA plans to achieve these goals. As states and school districts move forward with the implementation process, please join us to learn about opportunities to engage in the process at all levels and advocate for ESSA plans that increase access to child nutrition programs.

Afterschool Meals Matter

Umbrella Sponsors and Afterschool Meals
December 21, 2017 (11:00 AM Mountain)
Umbrella sponsors, such as government agencies, food banks, and school districts, can oversee multiple, often smaller, afterschool sites that need support to participate in the Afterschool Meal Program. Hear from groups working with or as umbrella sponsors to understand the benefits of this approach and how it can support capacity of smaller programs.

FRAC/YMCA Summer and Afterschool Meal Program Series

Expand Your Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs
December 12 (1:00 PM Mountain)
Explore different opportunities to provide more meals to children in your community. Transition your programs from serving snacks to serving full meals. Look into increasing the number of sites you operate. Move your closed sites to open sites. We will explore these and other options for expanding your Summer and Afterschool Meal Program.