School Nutrition Announcements March 21, 2018


School Nutrition Programs




Community Eligibility Provision: Statutory Annual Notification and Publication Requirements



Reducing School Meal Certification Error through Improved Online Application Design


SP05 CACFP05-2018

Providing Child Nutrition Program Benefits to Disaster Survivor Evacuees


MAPS Reports

Those who have access to the Montana Application and Payment System (MAPS), can view the following reports:

    • Vendor Report – Summary of payments by Vendor Name/Number for specified batch/schedule.
    • Claim History Report – This report lists Sponsor claim reimbursement history, including related meal count information, by month for the selected year.
    • FFV Grant State Totals – Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant State Totals.


Summer Food Service Program Newsletters

Every month, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service creates newsletters highlighting new resources available to assist with coordination and operation of the Summer Food Service Program.


Grants and Contests

HealthierUS School Challenge Awards

Since the beginning of the HealthierUS School Challenge in 2004, awards have been given to 3,136 schools (2,135 Bronze, 763 Silver, 202 Gold, and 36 Gold Award of Distinction).


Congratulations to Target Range Elementary and Middle School for receiving bronze level HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom Awards valid March 2018 – March 2022.


Action for Healthy Kids School Grants

Help your school become healthier with a Game On or School Breakfast grant for the 2018-2019 school year. Receive funding and technical assistance to increase physical activity opportunities, improve nutrition initiatives, or increase breakfast participation. Learn more, and apply before the deadline on April 6, 2018.


Agriculture in the Classroom

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture in the Classroom Program (AITC) serves nearly 5 million students and 60,000 teachers annually through workshops, conferences, field trips, farm tours, and other educational activities. AITC programs include working with state AITC activities engaged in a variety of issues relating to agricultural literacy. Other programs emphasized by the NIFA AITC office include:

    • Science literacy;
    • Agricultural careers;
    • Nutrition; and,
    • Pre-service and professional develop opportunities for teachers.

Applications may be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, State cooperative extension services, all colleges and universities, other research or educational institutions or organizations, Federal and private agencies and organization and individuals.

Check out the Request for Applications now! Applications are due Tuesday, May 1, 2018.


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: or contact Aubree Roth, Montana Team Nutrition Program,, (406) 994-5996.


Press and Events

USDA Announces More Local Control for School Meal Operations

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Steve Censky today announced two new efforts to provide states and school districts with additional flexibility and support to operate more efficient school meal programs. Censky made the announcement during a speech at the School Nutrition Association Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C.


Afterschool Suppers Reduce Childhood Hunger and Promote Healthy Growth and Development


Every Kid Healthy Week 2018

Anyone can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools. Schools are invited to host an event during Every Kid Healthy Week or anytime in April. Consider making your field day or other school-wide event health focused.

Monday, April 23, 2018 to Friday, April 27, 2018

Learn More Here!


Training and Resources

Montana Financial Education Coalition Conference in Bozeman being held April 3, 2018 at the Best Western Plus Gran Tree Inn 

The Montana Financial Education Coalition (MFEC) strives to improve the personal financial knowledge and decision-making ability of Montana citizens by promoting public awareness of the need for personal financial education, providing a platform for promoting the agenda of Montana financial education providers and building the capacity of their programs.  This conference helps achieve this mission.

The conference committee is busy organizing the content and will continue to update the website as details are finalized.  Here are things to think about right away if you are making plans to attend:

  • Consider putting together a Presenter RFP to have a breakout session.  You can share your outstanding successes and information as it pertains to financial education.  Deadline is February 26, 2018.

    • Register for the conference and bring all your friends.  Besides supporting MFEC there are great resources shared and many networking opportunities for all.  This year registration is $75 per person but NEW, students and teachers are FREE!
    • Share this conference opportunity with others who might be interested in attending!
    • Secure your hotel room as we do have state government rates for all attendees.  The block does expire on March 2 so reserve now.

These things can be done at the MFEC Conference Webpage.  Just click HERE!


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: or contact Aubree Roth 406-994-5996


Action for Healthy Kids Fall 2017 Webinars

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.


FRAC Webinars

Summer Meals Matter

Getting the Word Out About Summer Meals
April 5, 2018 11 a.m. 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

Community Eligibility: Basics, Benefits and Best Practices
April 12, 2018 1 p.m. 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.

Afterschool Meals Matter

Improving Afterschool Meal Quality and Reducing Waste
April 19, 2018 11 a.m. Mountain
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.