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Madison Park Middle School Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

Madison Park Middle School celebrates with a fun visit from fruit man! Looks like the kids had a great time. Thank you fruit man for being a positive influence and encouraging healthy habits!

Madison Park Middle School CelebratesNSBW

Under Secretary Concannon Hosts Media Call to Discuss the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative

Could be an interesting conversation!

Under Secretary Concannon Hosts Media Call to Discuss the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative

Partnership between USDA and the National Food Service Management Institute provides school food service professionals across the country with training and technical assistance to continue serving healthier meals

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2015 – TODAY, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon will join school food service professionals from Florida and Kentucky, and representatives from the National Food Service Management Institute and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, to discuss nationwide expansion of the Team Up for School Nutrition Success Initiative – a targeted technical assistance and peer-to-peer mentoring program successfully piloted in late 2014.

Monday, March 9, 2015
3 to 4 pm EDT

WHAT:          Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon will host a conference call to discuss the initiative, which provides school food service professionals with tailored technical assistance and peer-to-peer monitoring.

WHO:             Kevin Concannon, Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

Richard Miles, Coordinator of Nutrition and Wellness for Seminole County Public Schools in Sanford, Fla.

Gina Howard, School Nutrition Director for Warren County Schools in Bowling Green, Ky.

Laura Hatch, National Outreach AdvisorAlliance for a Healthier Generation in Washington, D.C.

Aleshia Hall-Campbell, Associate Director of Cooperative Agreements, National Food Service Management Institute in Oxford, Miss.

DIAL-IN:       800-369-1716

PASSCODE: NUTRITION (Given Verbally)

Trouble number: 202-720-8560

To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.

Funding for Community Food Projects

farm to schoolLooks like a good opportunity…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is offering grants to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems. Community Food Projects involve the entire food system. Projects assess strengths and establish connections among existing food systems, resulting in improved food systems that support self-reliance. Grants are intended to help eligible, private, nonprofit entities in need of a one-time installment of federal assistance to establish and carry out multipurpose community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000 to $300,000 and up to 36 months.

Deadline: 3/17/2015. For specific program requirements, see the request for applications here.

Chesapeake Public Schools Celebrate National School Breakfast Week

Cheseapeake Public Schools celebrates National School Breakfast Week with Miss Virginia! What a fun celebration.

We kicked off the week with a new program and kiosk concept.  We had Miss Virginia visit the school on Monday, March 2, 2015.  Here are a couple of shots from the day.  Today we had the USDA Power Panther share time with the students.

Looks like they had a great time. How are you celebrating National School Breakfast Week? Email your stories to toni@learningzonexpress.com and send us photos to be entered into our Breakfast Week Giveaway!

Thank you so much to those of you that have submitted your stories already. We will continue to share them on this blog, so check back!

School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015: Standards for school food service professionals

meal-or-no-meal-school-lunch-training-gamePew Research recently  featured Five School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015, we wanted to highlight each over the next month. It’s great to see School Nutrition getting attention – but we know that everyone can use a help keeping an eye on the issues. Today’s topics is the Standards for school food service professionals

Standards for school food service professionals. Recognizing the complexity of school nutrition programs and the need for ongoing training, Congress directed USDA to establish minimum professional standards for the school nutrition personnel who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The resulting proposed rule, released in February 2014, would institute hiring standards for state and local school nutrition program directors, as well as require all personnel in these programs to complete annual continuing education and training courses. USDA is reviewing comments received on the proposal and is expected to issue a final rule this year.