School Nutrition Announcements December 15, 2017

Grants and Contests

Share Your F2S Month Story to Win – Due December 31

Share your Farm to School Month (October) or Montana Crunch Time story, recipe, or photo using the Share Your Story form for a chance to win a commercial-grade 5-gallon salad spinner for your school’s food service program. Stories, recipes, or photos must be submitted using the Share Your Story form or the form’s upload document box (below the submit button) between October 1 and December 31 at 11:59pm MST to be entered.


Press and Events

Interim Final Rule: Child Nutrition Program Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements

Last Published: 11/30/2017

This interim final rule extends through school year 2018-2019 three menu planning flexibilities currently available to many Child Nutrition Program operators, giving them near-term certainty about Program requirements and more local control to serve nutritious and appealing meals to millions of children nationwide.

These flexibilities include:

Providing operators the option to offer flavored, low-fat (1 percent fat) milk in the Child Nutrition Programs;

Extending the State agencies' option to allow individual school food authorities to include grains that are not whole grain-rich in the weekly menu offered under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP); and

Retaining Sodium Target 1 in the NSLP and SBP.


This interim final rule addresses significant challenges faced by local operators regarding milk, whole grains and sodium requirements and their impact on food development and reformulation, menu planning, and school food service procurement and contract decisions. The comments from the public on the long-term availability of these three flexibilities will help inform the development of a final rule, which is expected to be published in fall 2018 and implemented in school year 2019-2020.

Federal Register Link:

Type: Rule

RIN: 0584-AE53

Publication Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Comment Period End Date: Monday, January 29, 2018

PDF Link:


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Training and Resources

Training Videos

See our professional standards page.


Great Falls School Wellness Workshop - January 31, 2018 12:30 to 4:00

WHAT: This workshop 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).  It 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: Great Falls – January 31st, 2018. The workshop is from 12:30 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.


Team Nutrition Resources for Food-Tasting Activities

The holiday season is a great time to discover new favorite foods. Team Nutrition has resources and ideas to help make the journey of exploring new fruits and vegetables fun for children—and fun for adults too!

Spark Young Children’s Interest in Food

Host a Welcome Winter! Celebration from the Discover MyPlate for Kindergarten: Teacher’s Guide.  Prepare a Fruit-a-licious Breakfast Cup or warm up with an oatmeal recipe. Display the theme of trying new foods with Team Nutrition Elementary School Posters.

Take a Nutrition Adventure

Hosting a Food Explorer Scavenger Hunt is a fun and memorable way to help kids learn to build their own healthy snacks and meals! Find more event ideas and highlights of school events in the Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet. Use Dig In posters to visually express the world of possibilities found in growing and eating fruits and vegetables.

Exclusive for Team Nutrition Schools and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Operators

Make Today a Try-Day! Stickers, now available for Team Nutrition Schools and CACFP operators, are perfect for food-tasting activities. Email Team Nutrition for more information.


Use the Professional Standards Training Database to find training on preparing foods in new ways. The new Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool 2.0 is designed to help School Nutrition Professionals keep track of trainings they have completed.

Ordering Information

Printed Team Nutrition materials are available, as supplies last, to schools, State agencies, and sponsors that participate in the USDA National School Lunch Program and other USDA Child Nutrition Programs via an online order form. All others are welcome to download, print, and distribute materials from our website. To inquire about bulk orders, please send an email to


Action for Healthy Kids Fall 2017 Webinars

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

Breakfast Matters

Let’s Celebrate School Breakfast
January 11, 2018 - 3pm Eastern (2:00 PM Central, 1:00 PM Mountain, 12:00 PM Pacific)
Are you ready for National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)? Students, parents, food service staff, educators, public officials, and advocates from across the country will be celebrating school breakfast during NSBW — March 5-9, 2018. Join this webinar for ideas on how to celebrate and advocate for school breakfast during NSBW and year round.

Summer Meals Matter

Recruiting and Retaining Summer Meal Program Sites
January 4, 2018 - 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 PM Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
Retaining experienced sponsors and sites is an important strategy for maintaining your community’s Summer Nutrition Programs year after year. State agencies and advocates can work with community partners to recruit and strengthen the number of sites serving summer meals and also give them the support they need to stay involved. Learn about best practices, training and communication strategies to increase the number of sites and sponsors engaged and participating, as well as strategies to support and mentor new ones.

Afterschool Meals Matter

Partnerships for Building More Sustainable Afterschool Meal Programs
January 18, 2018 - 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 PM Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
Partnerships are an important part of growing and sustaining Afterschool Meal Programs. Partners can pool resources together and offer you and your program their time, energy, and support. Join this call to learn about ways to increase sustainability of your program by collaborating with diverse community partners.