School Nutrition Announcements June 26, 2018


SY 2018-19 Participating CEP Schools Due by June 29

Schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision during the 2018-19 school year must complete the CEP Schedule as part of the MAPS Application packet by June 29th

See the MAPS Application Instructions for further details.


SY 2018-19 MAPS Applications Due by June 29

Click HERE for instructions on how to apply

Thank you if you have already completed your application!

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.

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



SP18-2018 CACFP13-2018

Child Nutrition Programs’ Flexibilities for School Year 2018-2019



FY 2018 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities


SP14-2018, SFSP04-2018

Demonstration Project for Non-Congregate Feeding for Outdoor Summer Meal Sites Experiencing Excessive Heat with Q & As


SP 15-2018, CACFP 12-2018, SFSP 05-2018

Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol- Revised


All USDA memos for School Nutrition Programs can be found here


Summer Food Service Program Policy



SFSP 06-2018

Summer Food Service Program Memoranda Rescission: SFSP 01-2007 and SFSP 06-2015


SP14-2018, SFSP04-2018

Demonstration Project for Non-Congregate Feeding for Outdoor Summer Meal Sites Experiencing Excessive Heat with Q & As


SP 15-2018, CACFP 12-2018, SFSP 05-2018

Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol- Revised


SFSP 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.


Events and Press


FRAC's Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation Reports

About Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report: This report measures participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs both in absolute numbers and by comparing the number of children receiving summer meals to the number of low-income children receiving school lunch during the regular school year. The regular school year is used as a benchmark because such a high proportion of low-income children eat school lunch on regular school days.


About Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Breakfast Status Report: This report measures the reach of breakfast through the Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2017, nationally and in each state, and is a companion piece to the FRAC's Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report, which focuses on summer lunch participation.



Training and Resources


August 6-10, 2018   Montana Cook Fresh School Nutrition Institute
Attention new Food Service Directors and Managers. Sharpen your knowledge and skills on a variety of food management topics from procurement through service, enhance food production and culinary skills, and learn tasty ways to incorporate more from scratch meals using USDA and fresh, local foods by attending the week-long class.   The Montana Cook Fresh School Nutrition Institute will be at Montana State University on August 6th through August 10, 2018 and provides 31 hours of continuing education for only $250.00. Registration fee includes training materials, lodging (4 nights or gas card), 4 lunch meals and daily parking passes.    Space is limited – sign up soon.

For more information:


Questions:          Katie Bark (406) 994-5641 or


Registration Now Open for 2018 Montana Farm to School Summit

Registration is now open for the 2018 Montana Farm to School Summit: Cultivating Connections, held on September 13-14, 2018 at University of Montana in Missoula.


Learn and share how schools and programs are cultivating connections across Montana through the core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, school gardens, and nutrition, agriculture, and food education. Workshops, field trips, and networking opportunities will provide inspiration, ideas, and resources. Anim Steel, co-founder of Real Food Challenge will provide an inspiring keynote address which is also open to the public. The conference features presenters from across Montana and the country.


All individuals interested in farm to school programs are encouraged to attend including food producers and food businesses, school and summer food service personnel, afterschool program coordinators, teachers, school administrators, preschool and childcare providers, parents, students, farm to school practitioners, and groups that support farm to school efforts. Continuing education units will be available through Early Childhood Project, OPI Teacher, and School Nutrition Professional.


Farm to school aims to improve child nutrition by helping children understand and experience where their food comes from. It incorporates healthy farm-fresh food in school meals and snacks, provides increased opportunity for garden-based learning, agriculture education across the curriculum, and strengthens community-wide connections to support local farmers and children’s well-being.


This conference is hosted by Montana Team Nutrition Program, Montana State University, University of Montana, Eat Right Montana/Action for Healthy Kids, Eat Smart Missoula, Garden City Harvest, Lake County Community Development Corporation, Montana Department of Agriculture, Montana Farmers Union, Montana Food Bank Network, Montana FoodCorps, MSU Extension, National Center for Appropriate Technology, National Farm to School Network, Office of Public Instruction, USDA Farm to School, Western Montana Growers Cooperative, Whitefish Public School.


For more information and to register visit or contact: Aubree Roth, Montana Farm to School Coordinator at or (406) 994-5996.


Register today, the early bird registration and discount ends June 30!