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Farmer's Market Scavenger Hunt

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Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is announcing their 2nd annual Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt! This year, 34 markets signed up to participate in the Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt. Students will again have the chance to win some great prizes in addition to receiving a free fruit or vegetable at the farmers market.

Participating Markets    Student Scavenger Hunt Form

Questions? Contact Tammy at

School Wellness Forum

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 A state level forum is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28 from 9:30am - 3:00pm at Des Moines University. The goal of the forum is to inform state-level organizations of school wellness requirements for schools, share best practices, learn how to successfully work with schools, and provide a networking opportunity.

The target audience is state level organizations that have school wellness initiatives, resources, or funding available for schools. 

Agenda and Registration Information

Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants are Available!

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This competitive grant opportunity is available to K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 and is designed to fund activities that lead to lasting change within the school wellness environment. To get started schools will choose one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the 2016-2017 Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook.

Midwest Dairy Council has developed a series of videos to assist in the application process. Questions? Contact Jen at  

The deadline to apply: June 15, 2016

Thinking Outside of the Box in Keokuk!

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Hawthorne Elementary in Keokuk has recently expanded their school garden program with the addition of grow lights. This is a result of community partnership with the Lee County Narcotics Task Force who saw this opportunity as a positive way to utilize forfeited grow lights.

For more information contact Sarah at

School Nutrition Summer Short Course

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There are several training opportunities available this summer for school nutrition professionals. They are held in partnership with Iowa Department of Education's Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Training Descriptions

Register by clicking on the training name below.


June 16 - Manager's Update ($85) - Brown Deer Golf Club – Coralville

The following will be held at Iowa State University:

June 21 - ServSafe ($150)
June 21 - Financial Management ($75)
June 22 - HACCP 101 ($75)
June 23 - Smarter Lunchrooms ($40)
July 19-21 - New Manager's Orientation ($125)
July 20-21- Healthy Meals Workshop ($100)

What is a Reimbursable Meal?

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Saydel's Food Service Director, Jessy Sadler, recently included an article on reimbursable meals in a newsletter that goes out to parents each month. If you are looking for information to share with staff and families next fall this is a great resource!

What is a Reimbursable Meal Article?

If you have any questions, please contact Jessy at

Coffee and Smart Snacks

Any food or beverage sold to students during the school day (before, during and 30 minutes after) must meet USDA nutrition standards. What are Smart Snacks?

New guidance has been released on coffee beverages at the high school level:

When evaluating coffee beverages, the calories added by any ingredients that are not allowable beverages must be monitored such that the calories from those ingredients do not exceed the Low Calorie Beverage standard of 5 calories per ounce of beverage.

Fat-free milk, flavored and unflavored, and 1% unflavored milk are allowable beverages that may be combined with coffee; therefore, the calories from those allowable milk types are not counted when added to coffee beverages.

However, when flavoring is used in coffee beverages where 1% milk is included, then the entire beverage is to be evaluated against the Low Calorie Beverage standard since flavored 1% milk is not an allowable beverage. Tip: use fat-free milk when flavoring is utilized to allow more coffee beverages to meet the Smart Snack nutrition standards.

Friendly Reminder -  As of July 1, 2016, foods may not qualify using the 10% Daily Value criteria and snack items must contain < 200 mg sodium per item. Questions? Contact Patti at