Calhoun and Orangeburg food service staff show off school menu items during their hands-on Salt-Free Seasonings Training Class.
Developing a school menu of healthy, student-approved meals is challenging, make no mistake about it. But it is achievable with the right support and resources. That’s why the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) have partnered to create the Team Up for School Nutrition Success (Team Up) initiative.
Team Up provides school nutrition professionals the opportunity to network and learn best practices from their peers. Those who have developed tips and tricks to create delicious school menus, increase participation, practice food safety and manage financially-sound program budgets. And with the help and guidance of peer mentors, Team Up attendees can turn their ideas into goals by creating focused action plans for their district. Read more »
The USDA and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics announce new effort to bring dietetic interns to child nutrition.
The USDA and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) are excited to announce a brand new effort to bring dietetic interns to child nutrition!
Dietetics students, you know who you are! You’re studying hard to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist so you can help Americans live healthier, happier lives. You have the most up-to-date education in nutrition science, a fresh perspective and lots of creative energy, and you’re looking to put it to work in an internship with maximum impact. The federal Child Nutrition Programs are where you need to be. Read more »
USDA’s new Child Nutrition Technology Innovation Grants apply to school meal programs, summer meal programs and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you already know that USDA is committed to continuously improving the integrity of their programs. We strive to operate our programs effectively and efficiently. We aim to provide program participants with the best service possible, while ensuring taxpayers get the biggest bang for their buck.
We go about this in a number of different ways. In previous posts, we’ve shared how we’re streamlining the USDA organic certification process; highlighted our prize competition, which crowdsourced design ideas to minimize error in school meals applications; and featured ways we’re working to educate farmers on official grain standards, sampling and grading rules. Read more »
Materials from state agencies are displayed at the annual USDA Farm to School Grantee gathering.
From organizing statewide conferences, to training farmers and child nutrition professionals, to developing farm to school curricula and resources, state agencies are playing a big role in bringing the farm to school. This fact sheet describes effective strategies state agencies are using to help community food systems take root. Here’s a sampling of three ways state agencies are making an impact. Read more »
Food service staff serves barbeque chicken to students. (Photo courtesy of Right Light Photography, LLC)
The school nutrition community is celebrating National School Lunch Week from October 10-14. This year’s theme “Show Your Spirit” is all about encouraging parents, students and school officials to show their spirit for school lunch. Through the Team Up for School Nutrition Success (Team Up) initiative, school nutrition professionals have teamed up to provide nutritious and appealing meals to students, offering plenty of reasons for all of us to show spirit for awesome school meals!
The Team Up initiative, created through a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), provides school nutrition professionals a unique learning experience. The initiative is designed to enhance schools’ food service operations by providing training and peer-to-peer mentorship to school nutrition professionals who want to maintain a healthy environment and strong student meal program participation. The goal of this training is to help schools find simple ways to meet the updated USDA nutrition standards from the 2010 Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA), while increasing the number of students enjoying healthy and flavorful school meals. Read more »
Connecticut service members serve local blueberry smoothies and continue farm to school efforts at summer meals sites.
Over the past few summers, sponsors of USDA’s Summer Meals Programs have been elevating meal quality and encouraging program participation by serving seasonal menus, utilizing high quality ingredients, and providing nutrition education activities. We’ve heard of such farm to summer activities – the embedding of farm to school principles within summer meals programs – from practitioners all around the country. Here in the Northeast, summer 2016 brought a wave of coordinated programming, and National Farm to School Month is the perfect time to celebrate this trend that is supporting healthy kids and communities all year long! Read more »