Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of Feburary 5, 2018

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Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of February 5, 2018

All Program Updates

Upcoming USDA Webinars and Training

To view training opportunities and previously recorded USDA CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays or Team Up Thursday Webinars, visit the USDA’s Team Nutrition’s Webinars and training page.


Child and Adult Care Food Program Updates

CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays

These live, 30-minute webinars cover ways to plan tasty and healthy meals that meet the Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP) meal pattern requirements. These webinars are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and are beneficial for CACFP sponsors, At-Risk Afterschool Meals sponsors and School Nutrition professionals working with the Preschool meal patterns. Certificates of participation will be provided for those who attend. Webinars are presented on the third Thursday of every month, in English 1-1:30 p.m., CT (2-2:30 p.m., ET), and in Spanish 2-2:30 p.m., CT (3-3:30 p.m., ET).

Thursday, February 15, 2018: Meal Planning for the CACFP
To register for this webinar, please visit the USDA’s Team Nutrition page.

Please share this announcement with others who may be interested!


School Nutrition Program Updates

Share Your Expert Ideas Related to School Breakfast

In the last few years, have you implemented breakfast in the classroom, grab and go, or second chance breakfast? Have you incorporated marketing strategies to promote your School Breakfast Program (SBP)? We want to hear about it!

The Minnesota Department of Education’s Team Nutrition initiative is developing a new resource for the SBP. This resource will highlight examples of breakfast programs that have been successful. The resource will contain ideas, tips, and photos from schools all across the state.

It’s time to share YOUR story! We hope to hear from a wide variety of schools – rural/suburban/urban, small/large districts, charter schools, and public/private. Stories are being collected online through SurveyGizmo until February 28, 2018. Access the School Breakfast Expert Ideas Survey.

USDA Webinar ‒ Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Considerations at the End of a CEP Cycle

February 14, 2018, at 12 p.m., CT

School year 2017-18 is the fourth year of CEP for schools that implemented the program when it first became nationally available in school year 2014-15. Join us for a webinar Wednesday, February 14, that will highlight special considerations when ending CEP, including best practices for resuming standard counting/claiming or switching to another special provision option.

Target Audience: Local educational agencies (LEAs), State agencies, Regional offices, and National offices. State agencies should distribute this announcement to LEAs promptly to ensure all Program operators have the opportunity to participate.

Register at Breaking Up is Hard to Do.

Streaming audio will be available through your computer. If you are unable to use streaming through your computer, you can call in to listen to audio via your phone at the toll number 303-248-0285, Access Code: 6054013.

For Technical Support:

     U.S. and Canada: 800-843-9166

     International: 303-209-1600


     Web: Conferencing Support

If you are unable to attend the LIVE webinar, there will be a recording of the webinar announced and posted on the PartnerWeb a few weeks after the webinar’s completion.

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 

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


February 20 ‒ Dialogue with Deb

Join Deb Lukkonen, supervisor for School Nutrition Programs, for an update on school nutrition in Minnesota.

Registration ‒ Dialogue with Deb


February 27 – How Much Should that Meal Cost?

Join us for a discussion on determining meal prices in school nutrition programs. This session will review the requirements for pricing of adult meals, breakfast, program adults and lunch.

Registration – How Much Should that Meal Cost?


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Opportunities from Our Partners

No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength and Center for Best Practices Feature Webinars for At-Risk and Summer Meal Programs

Leverage Mobile Solutions to Increase Access to Summer Meals – Tuesday, February 13, 1-2 p.m., CT
Mobile meals are an established strategy to reach children with summer meals. Learn from leaders in mobile service and delivery operations their insights.

Registration – Leverage Mobile Solutions to Increase Access to Summer Meals


Florida Hospital Association Shines a Light on Summer Meals in Hospitals

In October, the Florida Hospital Association hosted the first of a two-part webinar on the topic of summer meals in hospitals. A recording of the webinar Serving Healthy Meals in Hospitals, Part One, is available on their website, as well as a PDF version of the slide deck. Resources from Part Two of the series will be available in the February.


Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call: School Nutrition Departments and the Afterschool Meal Program – Thursday, February 15, 12 p.m., CST

This call will cover the role of school nutrition departments in expanding Afterschool Meal Programs and provide examples of school districts that are working with afterschool program coordinators, staff, and anti-hunger organizations to build stronger, sustainable programs.

Registration – School Nutrition Departments and the Afterschool Meal Program


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