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.

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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!

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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.

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Laredo Independent School District Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

Laredo Independent School District is one to follow. The creativity and effort they’ve put into their School Breakfast celebration is incredible. We’re so excited to share their story:

In Laredo Independent School District Child Nutrition Program celebrates NSBW having a singing contest “Be a Star with School Breakfast”

This year is our 3rd  year. Our 20 Elementary Schools participate singing any song but with Nutrition messages (change lyrics)

Hosting school decorate the stage with nutrition messages.

The winners receive trophies, certificates and special prizes.

All the participants and judges have a Star.

The judges are local famous personalities from local TV, radio and new papers.

The winners are invited to sing their songs in the morning news in KGNS TV, in the afternoon in Univision KLDO TV

These students look like they are having a blast. That’s what celebrating breakfast should be, a blast! Laredo ISD, we applaud your team for putting on such a great event and getting kids excited about healthy choices. You truly are making a difference.

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Chartwells & North St. Francois School District Celebrate National School Breakfast Week

North St. Francois School District in Missouri managed by Chartwells celebrated National School Breakfast Week in a big way. Fun displays, exciting menus, and raffles all play a role in this weeks’ celebration. Way to go!

We are doing Green Eggs and Ham for Lunch K-6 along with Sneeches peaches, King’s Stilts, Cat in the Hat Hashbrown’s and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Cake. We also had a “Name that Menu “contest in the K-2 building around Dr. Seuss theme for the remainder of the week’s lunch menu items. The winning class for each day will be treated to either a pizza party or parfait party served  and prepared by the café ladies. Associates will be dressing up in Dr. Seuss Character costumes.

Also at the K-2 and 3-4 grade buildings we will do the “Make the Grade Breakfast promo” and give up Special stickers to students eating breakfast the 1st week of March. (Dairy Council Promo)

At the Secondary level-we are having a raffle for movie tickets. Every student who eats breakfast week of March 2-6 will get a chance in the basket for a set up movie tickets.

Each building will display  posters talking about importance of breakfast. (these materials came from Learning Zone)

We will have Breakfast Bulletin Boards at K-2 and 3-4 buildings. (these materials came from Learning Zone)

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