School Nutrition Announcements February 14, 2018
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Grants and Contests
Montana No Kid Hungry Grants Galore
The time has come to submit your application for Montana No Kid Hungry’s school breakfast, afterschool meal, and summer meal grants! When kids are hungry to eat, they cannot be hungry to learn. These grants improve food access to students so they can learn. To learn more about NKH grants and how they can help expand meal programs, visit https://mt.nokidhungry.org/food-access-resources.
TO APPLY FOR GRANTS:
- REGISTER YOUR ORGANIZATION HERE
- COMPLETE APPLICATION FOR PROGRAM OF YOUR CHOICE:
Action for Healthy Kids
Now Accepting School Grant Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year
It’s no secret that physical health and academic success are linked:
- Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased attention and problem solving.
- A lack of nutrient-rich foods is connected to lower grades and higher absenteeism.
- Increased physical activity time and intensity is associated with better test scores, behavior, and memory.
Despite wanting to do more to improve student health, many schools lack the resources necessary to make that happen. That’s where our school grants come in.
With the support of our sponsors, we provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to schools across the country for implementing policies and programs that expose kids to more nutritious foods and physical activity opportunities. We offer Game On grants ($500 or $1,000), School Breakfast grants ($1,000, $2,000, or $3,000), and Parents for Healthy Kids grants (varies), so read more about which grant might be right for your school. Attend a grant application webinar to learn more.
- Breakfast Grant Webinar: Tues., Feb. 20 | 3-4pm CT
- Game On Grant Webinar: Wed., Feb. 21 | 2-3pm CT
- Parents for Healthy Kids Grant Webinar: Thurs., Feb. 22 | 12-12:45pm CT
Montana Harvest of the Month Taste Test Competition Now Open!
Ready, set, taste test! Montana K-12 students can now enter the Montana Harvest of the Month (HOM) Taste Test Competition! The HOM Taste Test Competition is open to all Montana students enrolled in K-12 school, Montana K-12 schools, and Montana student clubs including, but not limited to: FCCLA, FFA, etc.
To participate students will take a leadership role in researching, preparing and/or serving a HOM taste test with Montana grown or raised foods from the HOM calendar in January through April 2018. Students are encouraged to conduct a taste test each month during the contest period. One entry per school or club per month can be submitted by the deadline May 4, 2018. Three entries will be selected to receive $100 for their school or student club.
This competition provides students an opportunity to lead their school or student club in eating healthy foods and promoting Montana agriculture. The Montana Harvest of the Month program showcases Montana grown foods in Montana schools and communities. For more information, contest rules, and to enter, go to: www.montana.edu/mtharvestofthemonth or contact Aubree Roth, Montana Team Nutrition Program, firstname.lastname@example.org, (406) 994-5996.
Press and Events
Celebrate Nutrition for Heart-Healthy Kids!
Engage your school and community with these fun and active Team Nutrition Events:
Launch Your Day With Breakfast: Fuel Up To Help Your Day Take Off (National School Breakfast Week is March 5-9, 2018)
FRAC released its annual School Breakfast Scorecard and, a companion analysis, School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts
The Scorecard ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the participation of low-income children in the School Breakfast Program. Nationally, on an average school day during the 2016–2017 school year, almost 12.2 million students certified to receive free and reduced-price meals ate school breakfast, an increase of 0.6 percent, or nearly 70,000 children from the previous school year.
FRAC measures School Breakfast Program participation by comparing the number of low-income children who eat school breakfast with those who receive school lunch. In the 2016–2017 school year, 56.7 low-income students ate school breakfast for every 100 participating in school lunch, up from 56 in the previous year.
Training and Resources
Join us for the February Wednesday Webinars at 2 to 3 p.m. on hot topics such as…
February 14th Successful ways to increase participation in your school meal programs
February 21st Accommodations for Special Diets
February 28th School Wellness Policy: The Role of the School Food Service Director
To join, go to this link: http://connect.opi.mt.gov/webinarwednesdays/
Each webinar counts as one hour of USDA Professional Standards credit.
Let’s Eat: Engaging Students in Making Healthy Food Choices
Looking for a low-cost way to boost participation in your school meals program? See how Montana schools are engaging students in creating positive changes to school menus, salad bars, and creating a more inviting lunchroom to increase participation and decrease food waste. This free guide contains simple steps for engaging students in your lunch program and provides 6 hands-on lessons for middle and high school students to use behavioral economics to attract more customers and nudge them to select healthy choices. It really works!
New Montana Team Nutrition Website is at this site: www.montana.edu/teamnutrition
2018 Montana Farm to School Summit
Mark your calendars to attend the 2018 Farm to School Summit on September 13-14, 2018 in Missoula. This summit will inspire you and allow you to learn from and network with farm to school champions from our state and the nation. The intent of the conference is to bring together farm to school stakeholders across Montana to learn and gain inspiration from each other while strengthening and building relationships with the end goal of increasing and enhancing farm to school programs throughout the state. This event will provide an opportunity to showcase outstanding programs and projects in the Missoula area to a statewide and national audience. The conference will increase engagement throughout the state by providing opportunities for student engagement, integrating native foods and culture, and connecting to rural food systems. For more information: http://www.montana.edu/mtfarmtoschool/summit.html or contact Aubree Roth 406-994-5996
Action for Healthy Kids Fall 2017 Webinars
Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Family Celebrations
Wednesday, February 14, 2:00 PM Mountain
Learn how to engage families with healthy and fun events that help support an overall culture of wellness at your school. Hosting an event that involves physical activity and healthy eating can help you promote healthy behaviors, share positive messages, educate and engage parents, and motivate kids.
PARENTS: check out Rock School Health Like a Boss
Thursday, February 15, 11:00 AM Mountain
We've teamed up with National PTA to bring you the best resources and tools to help make your school a healthier learning environment. This webinar will give you the information you need to help school administrators and school boards understand the importance of school health to academic success.
Celebrating School Health with Every Kid Healthy Week
Thursday, February 22, 2:00 PM Mountain
Every Kid Healthy Week brings attention to the nation's problem of childhood obesity, but more importantly, to its solutions: sound nutrition, regular physical activity, health-promoting school programs and successful engagement of families and communities. Join this webinar to learn more about Every Kid Healthy Week and how you can host an event to join the national movement.
Wellness Wednesday: Yoga in the Classroom
Wednesday, March 14, 1:00 PM Mountain
Learn about integrating yoga into a classroom environment, including how to use simple yoga-based movements and practices to increase physical fitness, student focus and academic performance!
Helping Kids Learn Better with Healthy School Meals
Thursday, March 22, 12:00 PM Mountain
Kids who eat healthy school meals have fewer absences and higher academic achievement. Learn how national school meal programs work and how parents and community members can deepen support, trust and meaningful collaboration with nutrition services staff to create a healthier school food culture.
Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Snacking
Wednesday, April 11, 2:00 PM Mountain
Join us for tips to help spice up your snacking routine with fun and healthy snacks for all ages. Learn about easy, healthy snacks you can serve during or after school and as part of school celebrations.
Reading, Writing, Arithmetic...and Recess
Thursday, April 19, 11:00 AM Mountain
Recess is more than just fun and games. It helps kids think creatively, make friends, share and resolve conflicts. Kids need recess, but schools are cutting out that time for more academics. Join us to learn more about why recess is important and how you can advocate for better recess in your schools.
Wellness Wednesday: How to Show Your Volunteers They’re Valued
Wednesday, May 9, 2:00 PM Mountain
The end of the school year is a great time to show all the family and community members who have helped support your school health efforts throughout the year just how much you appreciate them. Join us to hear some creative ways other schools have thanked their volunteers and engaged them to become even more active in the future.
School Digs (or Raising the Bar and Profits with Healthy School Fundraisers)
Thursday, May 17, 11:00 AM Mountain
Whether it’s the cafeteria, the playground, the classroom or another area on your campus, kids need to get the same message everywhere: Be Active & Eat Healthy! This webinar is designed to show you where campuses can improve to make sure that kids are getting the right message.
Afterschool Meals Matter
Streamlining and Simplifying the Afterschool Meal Program
March 15, 2018 - 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 Noon Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
There are many opportunities to streamline and simplify the process and administrative requirements for schools and sponsors operating multiple child nutrition programs. Learn how states are implementing the streamlining options that are available to them.
Improving Afterschool Meal Quality and Reducing Waste
April 19, 2018 - 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 Noon Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific)
Healthy, high-quality meals help to attract children to come to educational and enrichment programming and keep them coming throughout the school year, while also reducing waste. Communicating with vendors, incorporating feedback from children, and farm to school initiatives are just some successful strategies. Join us to learn how afterschool programs, advocates, and community partners can improve meal quality and appeal while being conscious of ways to reduce food waste.
Summer Meals Matter
Showcasing Summer Meal Programs and Service Models
March 1, 2018 11:00 AM Mountain
Summer Meal Program operations are shaped by the needs of the community and the capacity of the program. But whether you’re new to summer meals or a veteran, there are tips and tricks for fine-tuning operations for a more sustainable, cost-effective program. This call will highlight Summer Meal Programs that use different service models, as well as best practices for staff training and volunteers; meal service and vendor relations; menu planning and site staff; and programming activities.
Getting the Word Out About Summer Meals
April 5, 2018 11:00 AM Mountain
State agencies, summer programs, and advocates can boost participation by utilizing different strategies for spreading the word about the availability of summer meals to families leading up to summer and once programs begin. On this call you will hear about effective methods and resources to promote programs, raise awareness, and ensure more families are connected to summer meals this year.
Breakfast Matters will take the month of March off, and resume in April with:
Community Eligibility: Basics, Benefits and Best Practices
April 12, 2018 1:00 PM Mountain
Community eligibility is a huge success, reducing paperwork for schools and increasing school breakfast and lunch participation. Still, many eligible schools have not yet implemented this beneficial option. School districts will need to decide if they want to opt in for the 2018-2019 school year by June 30, 2018. While this date seems far off, now is the time to determine if your school or district is eligible for community eligibility. Deciding to implement can take time and requires collaboration among school administrators and sometimes involves getting approval from the school board—so it’s not too soon to start thinking about whether community eligibility is a good fit for your school district. This webinar will cover the basics of how community eligibility works, important dates to remember and why schools should consider opting in.