Tuesday Morning - October 11, 2016

Table of Contents

Federal Policy

Federal Register: Child Nutrition Program Operations Study II
Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom Launches Cycle 4 Grant Funding 
U.S Representative Nolan Resolves to Support CEP
The Future of the White House Garden
Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in School Meal Programs
October is National Farm to School Month!

State Snapshots

Virginia Breakfast Challenge

Mark Your Calendars

SNA Webinars
Farm to School Webinars
FRAC’s Meals Matter Conference Calls
Team Up for School Nutrition Success


Federal Policy

Federal Register: Child Nutrition Program Operations Study II

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced the second round of the Child Nutrition Program Operations Study (CNS-Ops-II) and solicits your comments on the methods and accuracy of the study. The objective of this study is to collect data on policies, administrative, and operational issues on child nutrition programs. Policy and operational issues include, but are not limited to, the preparation of the program budget, development and implementation of regulations, and identification of areas for technical assistance. View USDA's announcement for more details.

Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom Launches Cycle 4 Grant Funding

The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom grant is available to high-need schools and districts in Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah to cover the upfront costs associated with the startup and implementation of breakfast in the classroom, such as purchasing equipment, outreach efforts to parents, program promotion, and other related expenses.

Visit http://breakfastintheclassroom.org/grants for more information on grant criteria and how to apply for funding. If you have any questions about the grant, please e-mail partnersbic@outlook.com.

U.S Representative Nolan Resolves to Support CEP

U.S. Representative Richard Nolan (D-MN) introduced H.Res.913 on September 28, 2016. This legislation reinforces that school nutrition programs help end childhood hunger and provide access to healthy, nutritious meals. It also serves to underscore that the Community Eligibility Provision allows schools to increase the availability of school meals, eliminates stigma, and reduces paperwork. To date, the resolution is co-sponsored by seven other U.S House of Representatives members.

The Future of the White House Garden

Michelle Obama’s prized vegetable garden was expanded and improved on, as revealed at a White House dedication Wednesday, October 5th.

"This little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes that we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children," Mrs. Obama told a crowd gathered at the garden to celebrate the dedication. "I am hopeful that future first families will cherish this garden like we have, and that it will become one of our enduring White House traditions."

The First Lady announced private donations of $2.5 million to maintain and preserve the garden. The Hillary Clinton campaign responded with the following statement.

"If elected, the Clintons look forward to continuing the garden on the White House grounds, which produces not only healthy food, but also a great educational opportunity for youth from all over the country.”

Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in School Meal Programs

There have been updates to requirements related to accommodating children with disabilities participating in school meal programs. This latest USDA FNS memorandum clarifies changes made by the ADA Amendments Act and reflects the position FNS will take in compliance reviews and enforcement action.

October is National Farm to School Month!

The Farm to School movement is gaining momentum and October is the month to celebrate it. Check out this video to learn how Farm to School is making a big impact across the country.

State Snapshots

Virginia Breakfast Challenge

Kids who eat a healthy school breakfast do better in math, have higher attendance and are more likely to graduate. The Virginia Breakfast Challenge is a great step forward in reaching the nearly 1 in 6 Virginia kids who live in families that struggle with hunger.

And, Senator Mark Warner agrees. Watch Senator Warner speak about the importance of school breakfast and issue a challenge to all Virginia schools to participate in this year’s Virginia Breakfast Challenge.

Mark Your Calendars

SNA Webinars

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA’s popular professional development webinars.

Tempting Teens to Eat School Breakfast
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 2:00 pm EST
In this webinar, learn how to use the 4 Ps of marketing to optimize your breakfast program and attract secondary students to eat breakfast at school.
Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU.

Celebrating National Farm to School Month with USDA
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 2:00 pm EST
In celebration of National Farm to School Month, this webinar will highlight available USDA resources and showcase how farm-to-school strategies can boost participation, reduce food waste and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU.

Training the Trainer: Practical Tips for Training Adult Learners
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 2:00 pm EST
During this webinar, participants will discover how to improve their school nutrition training efforts by learning more about adult learning styles and gaining tips for engaging a training audience.
Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU.

Farm to School Webinars

USDA and the National Farm to School Network is providing the following webinars in celebration of October’s Farm to School theme.

Bringing Local to our Littlest Eaters
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 3:30 pm EST
Speakers from the National Farm to School Network, USDA, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, and early care and education providers will share tips for getting started, strategies for success, and innovative models that are advancing and scaling local purchasing practices in early care and education settings across the country.

Farm to School and the Role of Cooperatives – Producer and Buyer Perspectives
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 2:00 pm EST
A webinar that looks at the impact of cooperatives in local food sourcing at schools, with speakers providing perspectives from both the supply side and demand side of the equation.

FRAC’s Meals Matter Conference Calls

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is hosting a series of conference calls.

Partnerships and Activities for Weekends and Holidays
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 1:00 pm EST
The Afterschool Meal Program can operate any day of the week during the school year, including weekends and school holidays. By serving meals every day of the week, sponsors can better meet children’s nutritional needs and build stronger, more financially viable after school programs. Learn how sponsors and sites have utilized partnerships and incorporated activities to make weekend and holiday meals successful, as well as how to develop a contingency plan for snow days or other unexpected school closures.

Reducing Food Waste and Serving Kid-Friendly Meals
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 1:00 pm EST
Reducing food waste and serving fresh, kid-friendly meals is an important part of any successful Summer Nutrition Program. Advocates across the country are working together in innovative ways to reduce food waste and ensure high-quality meals are being served at summer sites. From farm to summer initiatives to better vendor relations to nutrition education, learn how you can make this summer even healthier for the children in your community.

Team Up for School Nutrition Success

Upcoming times and locations are below. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to Jennifer Carlson at jennifer.carlson1@fns.usda.gov or at (703) 605-3203

  • Mississippi
    October 10-12
    Oxford, Miss.
  • Kentucky
    October 13-14
    Lexington, Ky.
  • Oregon
    October 18-20
    Salem, Ore.
  • Michigan
    October 27-28
    Dearborn, Mich.
  • Arizona
    November 8-10
    Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Massachusetts
    November 8-10
    Farmingham, Mass.
  • Nevada
    November 28-29
    Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Florida
    December 7-8
    TBD

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