School Nutrition Announcements January 9, 2019

 

Child Nutrition Programs Not Affected During the Federal Government Shutdown. We will keep you informed of any changes.

In a press release https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/12/29/usda-updates-available-functions-during-lapse-funding, USDA provided updates on the impact of the partial government shutdown, which began on December 22, 2018, on Child Nutrition programs. This includes the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program, Summer Food Service and the Special Milk Program.

 

Another press release https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2019/01/08/usda-announces-plan-protect-snap-participants-access-snap-february provides additional information about the impact on the School Nutrition Programs.

Child Nutrition Programs

    • For these programs, including school meals and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, States already have funding to cover CN program operations for the month of January (approximately $2.1 billion) on the basis of the last continuing resolution.
    • This week, we will provide an additional two months’ worth of funding, consistent with the standard practice of funding these programs on a quarterly basis.

 

School Nutrition Programs has funding through March.  We are directed by the USDA to continue to administer the programs as usual in accordance with Federal statue and regulations.

A resolution to the federal shutdown should be resolved before School Nutrition Programs become impacted, however, we will keep schools updated if we become concerned about funding for these programs.

 

School Nutrition Programs Policy

 All USDA memos for School Nutrition Programs can be found here

https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/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.

https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-meal-newsletters

 

Training and Resources

 

Montana School Wellness in Action workshop

Montana Team Nutrition is pleased to offer a Montana School Wellness in Action workshop in Manhattan at Manhattan Christian School in Manhattan on January 23, 2019 from 1:00-4:30 pm.  This workshop is free.  Click to register.  

For more information or visit www.montana.edu/teamnurition or contact Katie Bark at Montana Team Nutrition Program kbark@mt.gov or (406) 994-5641.


Taking a Trauma-Informed Lens on Food Insecurities

In Montana, a number of students are impacted by challenges such as homelessness, poverty, adverse childhood experiences (ACE), as well as other challenges that can lead to stress, sometimes even toxic stress, resulting in food insecurities.  The ACE study did not look directly at food insecurity; however, since the study there have been several researchers that started looking at ACE and food insecurities. What we know now is that there are correlations between people experiencing trauma and establishing food insecurities.  

 

What we also know is that we have the ability to help a person heal from food insecurities by implementing a trauma-informed lens in our schools and cafeterias. Here are some resources that we hope you find of value: