School Nutrition Announcements May 25, 2018
Now Open! SY 2018-19 MAPS Applications
Due by June 30
Thanks to those who have submitted applications!
Note: Claims for Reimbursement are due on the 10th of each month. To submit the May claim (due June 10), please select 2017-2018 from Year on the blue bar.
The Montana Agreement and Payment System (MAPS) is the online agreement between OPI School Nutrition Programs and School Food Authorities who operate Child Nutrition Programs. This is typically completed by the Claim Contact, or whoever has Modify rights in MAPS.
The State Agency uses the Sponsor Application in MAPS as a communication tool to understand specific details about your operation. These details impact monthly claim reporting, the ability to contact the correct individual with program news and updates, and reflects the engaging work happening at your school district. As you complete the application, many details from last school year will prepopulate. We encourage you to look through the application critically, correcting any erroneous information. Update the application to reflect what is truly happening at the sponsor level and each school site that make up each sponsor.
Sponsor Application: high level information. This tells the State Agency who is responsible for administering programs at your district.
Site(s) Application: specific to each school site operating School Nutrition Programs. This tells the State Agency specific details about each school site. For example, each elementary school, each middle school, and each high school in the district.
If you are unsure of an answer to a question in the application, please reach out to the contacts at your district to accurately report information for school year 2018-19. If any changes take place during the school year, please Revise your application.
Areas of Probable Change:
3. Authorized Representative – typically a Superintendent
18. Food Service Director
23. Claim Contact – typically a Business Manager or Clerk
34.-37. Eligibility Information – If any of these questions are answered “yes” it will require you to upload additional information as a checklist item.
57. Date of most current revision of the Wellness Policy – typically updated annually by the school board
16. Farm to School – typically this is the same for all sites in the district.
17. Pricing Information – typically meal pricing changes from one year to the next. CEP schools must choose non-pricing.
A2. Meal service times for lunch – considerations for a new or altered school schedule.
A3. Recess before lunch – considerations for a new or altered school schedule.
A6. Types of meal service at lunch – many schools are offering expanded programs to reach more students with meals; reflect what you are doing at each school site here.
A8. Points of Service – based on the answer to A6, take into consideration where all meals are served to students and counted, this is the number of points of service.
A9. Provision Request – if you operate CEP, please select CEP.
B2. Meal service times for breakfast – considerations for a new or altered school schedule.
B6. Types of meal service at breakfast – many schools are offering expanded programs to reach more students with meals; reflect what you are doing at each school site here.
B8. Points of Service – based on the answer to B6, take into consideration where all meals are served to students and counted, this is the number of points of service.
B9. Provision Request – if you operate CEP, please select CEP.
Thank you for taking time to ensure this information is up-to-date and accurate for the 2018-19 school year. Please call our office at 406.444.2502 with questions.
School Nutrition Programs Policy
All USDA memos for School Nutrition Programs can be found here
School Food Service Director Hiring Standards
Professional standards established hiring requirements for new food service directors based on school enrollment. School districts with less than 500 students may request approval to hire a food service director candidate who does not meet education or work experience requirements. OPI School Nutrition Programs will work with school districts to meet these hiring requirements.
For more information, contact Teresa Motlas 406-444-2501
Summer Food Service Program Policy
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
Fuel Up to Play 60
Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualified K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to jumpstart healthy changes.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
TO QUALIFY FOR FUNDING, SCHOOLS MUST:
- Enroll in Fuel Up to Play 60
- Have a registered Program Advisor
- Participate in the National School Lunch Program
Training and Resources
2018 Montana School Nutrition Association Conference
The Montana School Nutrition Association is dedicated to protecting and enhancing children's health and well-being through school meals and sound nutrition education.
June 26-28, 2018
Best Western Plus Heritage Inn
Great Falls, MT
Register here http://www.mtsna.org/
The USDA Foods Processing Rule: A General Overview
June 28, 2018 at 11:00 am
This webinar will help you better understand changes to the new USDA Foods processing regulations. USDA staff will review highlights and answer questions. FNS published a Final Rule on May 1, Revisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing of Donated Foods, which revises and clarifies requirements for the processing of USDA Foods, effective July 2, 2018. The webinar is targeted for USDA Foods processors, brokers, distributors and school districts. FNS Regional Offices and USDA Foods in Schools State Distributing Agencies are welcome to attend.
If you are interested in attending, please sign up https://events-na1.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/2214079346/en/events/event/shared/default_template_simple/event_registration.html?sco-id=2545178970&_charset_=utf-8
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