School Nutrition Announcements July 31, 2018

Welcome back to school!


School Nutrition Programs Policy


SY 2018-19 Forms and Guidance

OPI School Nutrition Programs is ready for SY2018-19.  Make sure you complete your online agreement in MAPS.

Meal eligibility material and administrative guidance are posted on the website. Join us for an in-person workshop or for one of several online education opportunities this year.


All USDA memos for School Nutrition Programs can be found here



Summer Food Service Program Policy


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.


Training and Resources


Montana Food Bank Network: BackPack Program
Nearly one in six children in Montana live in food insecure households. Programs have been implemented in many schools to ensure that at-risk children receive food during the day. The MFBN BackPack program provides meals to at-risk children for weekend breaks and holiday. The program was started at DeSmet School in Missoula and now provides BackPack meals at 106 sites in 46 communities throughout Montana.


School Nutrition S.T.A.R. Webinars

The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) has launched the School Nutrition S.T.A.R. (Strategies, Trainings, Action Plans, and Resources) monthly webinar series to feature school districts that have implemented creative strategies and best practices for common school nutrition topics as well as allied organizations who develop and offer free resources to support school nutrition programs.

Each webinar is held the last Thursday of every month at 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET. The S.T.A.R. monthly webinar series is part of ICN’s School Nutrition S.T.A.R. initiative which offers face-to-face workshops and virtual instructor-led trainings to assist school nutrition professionals with navigating the responsibilities of school nutrition operations.

Register for the next webinar at


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.