Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of February 18, 2019

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Nutrition Program Updates for the Week of February 18, 2019

Each section contains updates relevant to those nutrition programs. You can jump to the section you're interested in by clicking the link.

All Nutrition Programs

Federal Government Shutdown Update

As you may have heard, Congress developed a compromise budget proposal that funds the federal government through September 30, 2019 (the end of the federal fiscal year).  The President signed the budget proposal so a second partial federal shutdown will not occur.

Child and Adult Care Food Programs

Infant Room Resources

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the Breastfed Babies Welcome Here resources. Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP) operators can use these resources to let mothers and families know that breastfed babies are welcome at their child care site. These resources support the implementation of the CACFP Meal Pattern, which allows for reimbursement of meals when the mother provides breastmilk or directly breastfeeds her infant at the child care center or home.


Upcoming CACFP Training Opportunities 

All training opportunities are listed on the Child and Adult Care Food Program’s training webpage.

CACFP Infant Meal Pattern Training (Coming Soon)

Save these dates for a CACFP Infant Meal Pattern workshops in your area that will benefit infant room staff, monitoring staff and child care center directors. Registration information coming soon.

  • Roseville: May 2, 2019, at the Minnesota Department of Education
  • Fergus Falls: May 7, 2019, at the Lakes Country Service Cooperative
  • Grand Rapids: May 8, 2019, at the Blandin Foundation
  • Mankato: June 12, 2019, at the Lincoln Community Center


CACFP Basic Training

  • Duluth: April 17, 2019 (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

Access further information and registration for CACFP Basic Training.


School Nutrition Programs

USDA Foods Spring Surveys Opening Soon

The school year 2019-20 USDA Foods surveys will be opening soon. A separate message with more information will be sent to the SNP and Food Distribution Program subscriber lists when the surveys are open. All surveys will close on March 22, 2019.


Upcoming School Nutrition Program Training Opportunities

All training opportunities are listed on the School Nutrition's Training and Professional Standards webpage.

Tuesdays @ 2 Webinars

  • Ready, Set, Survey (February 19, 2019, at 2 p.m.)
  • Summer Food Service Program (February 26, 2019, at 2 p.m.)
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (March 5, 2019, at 2 p.m.)

Access further information and registration for Tuesdays @ 2 webinars.


From Our Partners

Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) Trainings for Local Food Leaders

From now to August 2020, the Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) will provide trainings to local food leaders around the state. This is a great opportunity to create a resource in your county and strengthen local capacity for food systems work in your communities. Who should attend? Anyone with a passion for local farms and local food. To learn more, visit MISA’s website.


Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids has three grant opportunities available. Applications are due by April 5, 2019. The grants focus on expanding school breakfast, improving nutrition and physical activity, and expanding parent-led wellness opportunities. Learn more about AFHK school grants.

The following webinars will be offered for more information on the grants:

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