Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of September 17, 2018

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Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of September 17, 2018

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Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch

Register for the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch and receive free stickers and a chance to win a visit from former Olympian Carrie Tollefson! Join hundreds of child care centers and schools throughout Minnesota by crunching into delicious locally grown apples at noon (or during your lunch time) on Thursday, October 11. Find local farms with apples on the Minnesota Grown Directory website. Learn more on the Minnesota Farm to School Month website.


Child and Adult Care Food Programs


Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Basic Training

This live, in-person workshop provides basic information on 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. 

Registration for CACFP Basic Training   

  • Tues., October 2, 2018: Roseville 
  • Tues., December 4, 2018: Bemidji 
  • Wed., February 13, 2019: Rochester
  • Wed., April 17,  2019: Duluth 

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School Nutrition Programs


Farm to School in Minnesota Newsletter

Minnesota's Farm to School Leadership Team offers a quarterly newsletter intended for all farm to school stakeholders, including food service professionals, farmers, teachers and families. Subscribe to the Farm to School in Minnesota Newsletter.


Serve Local on Minnesota Thursday!

Join school districts across Minnesota in serving a healthy, locally sourced lunch on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Register for Minnesota Thursday now! Access the recipes and promotional resources in the Minnesota Thursdays Toolkit to help you plan, carry out, and share your Minnesota Thursday meal. 


Training Opportunities

Procurement Basics for Food Service Directors

The annual two-day School Nutrition Director training will focus on procurement basics for School Nutrition Programs. It will be held at six locations (Thief River Falls, Fergus Falls, Mountain Iron, Sartell, Marshall and Roseville) on October 18-19, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

Learn more about the Procurement Basics for Food Service Directors training, and register.


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 to 60 minutes in length, unless otherwise noted. Registration and session information is posted on the Training and Professional Standards webpage, or you can find session information and register below for an upcoming webinar.

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Opportunities from Our Partners

Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has two Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) grant opportunities available for K-12 institutions who participate in the National School Lunch Program and early care and education centers who participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Planning grants will be awarded up to $30,000. Equipment purchase and physical improvement grants will be awarded up to $50,000. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. CST on November 1, 2018. Learn more on the Farm to School Grant website or the Farm to Early Care and Education Grant website.


CACFP Thirty on Thursdays Webinar Series

USDA Team Nutrition hosts a free monthly webinar series that covers a variety of topics related to the CACFP Meal Pattern requirements. Information on upcoming webinars is posted on the USDA CACFP Halftime website.

The next webinar is on September 20, 2018 (Feeding Infants – Starting With Solids)


CACFP Trainers’ Circle Webinar Series

USDA Team Nutrition hosts a free quarterly webinar series focused on training techniques for improving program operators' knowledge and skills. The next webinar is on September 26, 2018 (Coaching and Mentoring Using a Peer-to-Peer Model).

Register for the September 26 CACFP Trainers' Circle webinar (1:30-2:30 p.m.).

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