Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of January 22, 2018

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Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of January 22, 2018

Child and Adult Care Food Program Updates


Registration is Open for CACFP Basic Training 2018

This live, in-person workshop provides basic information on the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The target audience is new directors, program coordinators, or center staff with CACFP responsibilities at child care centers and adult care centers participating in CACFP. Each workshop will be held 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will cover the same content. For more details and to register, visit the CACFP Basic Training 2018 registration page.

  • Tuesday, February 13: Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) – Roseville, Minn.
  • Thursday, March 15: South Central Service Cooperative – North Mankato, Minn.
  • Wednesday, April 18: Lakes Country Service Cooperative – Fergus Falls, Minn.
  • Wednesdays, May 23: Blandin Foundation – Grand Rapids, Minn.


School Nutrition Program Updates


USDA Farm to School Census Coming in 2019

The USDA Office of Community Food Systems plans to initiate data collection for the 2019 Farm to School Census in early 2019 for school year 2017-2018. Now is the time to think about how you track your farm to school activities. Check out USDA’s Farm to School Activity Tracking Sheets for assistance in tracking your school’s farm to school activities.


Tuesdays @ 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

January 30 – FFVP: What is it and what schools can participate?

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides funding for schools to serve fresh fruits and vegetables to students during the school day. Listen in and find out if your school is eligible and how to apply.

Registration – Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

February 6 – Is the Community Eligibility Option Right for You?

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows high-need schools to serve breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students using simplified meal counting and claiming procedures. To be eligible, schools or groups of schools must serve a high percentage of directly certified students or other students who are categorically eligible for free meals. Join this session to learn more about the eligibility requirements, what to consider when assessing if CEP would be beneficial for your school(s), and how to apply.

Registration – Community Eligibility Provision

February 13 – Summer Food Service Opportunities for School Nutrition Programs

Join MDE’S Summer Food Service Coordinator, to learn how you can provide meals at no charge to students during the summer.

Registration – Summer Food Service Opportunities for School Nutrition Programs

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Opportunities from Our Partners


2018 Schoolyard Gardens Conference: Establishing Roots

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Schoolyard Gardens provide an incomparable, hands-on opportunity for students to meet academic standards, engage with community partners, learn about agriculture, healthy eating, cultural competency and connect with natural systems. Whether you are a beginner or schoolyard garden veteran, join us in March to learn innovative strategies, sustaining and engaging diverse learners in a thriving schoolyard garden.

For more information about the conference and how to register, visit the Schoolyard Gardens Conference 2018 webpage.

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