Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of December 26, 2017

department of education

Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of December 26, 2017

All Program Updates


Offices Closed

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.  Our office will be closed Monday, December 25, 2017, and Monday, January 1, 2018. 


School Nutrition Program Updates


Tuesday @ 2 Webinars

A variety of topics will be offered during this year’s Tuesdays@2 webinar series. All webinars begin at 2 p.m. and will be 30-60 minutes in length, unless otherwise noted. Registration and session information will be posted on the Training: School Nutrition Programs webpage.

Upcoming Webinars

There will be no Tuesdays @ 2 Webinar on December 26 or January 2.


January 9 – Direct Certification of Students for Free Meal Benefits

Both public and non-public school nutrition sponsors must use direct certification to quality students for free meal benefits.  In this session participants will learn four methods to directly certify students and steps to assist in providing free meal benefits to directly certified students without delay.

Registration – Direct Certification of Students for Free Meal Benefits


Back to top

Opportunities From Our Partners


Scholarship Application Open

9th National Farm-to-Cafeteria Conference

The National Farm-to-School Network is now accepting applications for scholarships to the 9th National Farm-to-Cafeteria Conference, which will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2018. This event is the top national training and networking event for farm-to-cafeteria professionals working to improve community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. To ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of the movement, scholarships are prioritized for farmers and farm support organizations, farm-to-college/hospital practitioners, early care and education providers, food service professionals, persons of color, and youth (through age 22). 

Learn more and submit your application at 9th National Farm-to-Cafeteria Conference Scholarship.

The deadline to apply is Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8 p.m., EST.

Other Important Conference Dates:

  • Early Bird registration: January 29 – March 9, 2018
  • Scholarship application closes: February 12, 2018
  • Registration closes: April 9, 2018
  • Conference: April 25-27, 2018


School Garden Grant

Your school could win up to $15,000 toward a garden! Smucker's Away From Home wants to help schools across the country develop gardens that help cultivate hard work and healthy eating habits. Learn how your school could win

The deadline to apply is March 11, 2018, at 11:59 p.m., CST.

Back to top