[montanafood_ag] Updates from the National Farm to School Network

Stein, Mary mstein at montana.edu
Mon Aug 15 09:29:52 MDT 2011

Subject: Updates from the National Farm to School Network

Happy summer all! Lots of updates, documents, grants and news to share...
Documents for Review:

1.    Model Farm to School Language for School Wellness Policies - Draft Doc (attached): If interested, please review the attached document regarding School Wellness Policies and Farm to School and reply to Megan Lott (megan at farmtoschool.org<mailto:megan at farmtoschool.org>) with any comments/edits by August 17th.

2.    Find attached Final Comments submitted to USDA by NFSN on Formative Research for the Pilot of a School Garden-Related Nutrition Curriculum: These are the final comments submitted to USDA on August 1st. THANK YOU to all who contributed - we certainly ended with a stronger set of recommendations due to your feedback.
Journals, Research Reports, and Conference Submissions:

1.    Call for Papers - Journal of Ag, Food Systems, and Community Development - Attached are two new special-topic calls for upcoming issues of JAFSCD: one on Higher Education and Food Systems (deadline of 1 Dec. 2011) and one on Sustainable Livelihoods in Food Systems(deadline of 15 Feb. 2012).

2.    New Report mentions Farm to School as a strategy to address "Food Environments Near Home and School Related to Consumption of Soda and Fast Food" http://www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/pubs/files/foodenvpbjuly2011.pdf

3.    Weight of the Nation(tm) 2012 - Call for proposals - CDC's national conference on obesity prevention and control. The theme for the 2012 conference is Moving Forward, Reversing the Trend. Proposals invited for concurrent and poster sessions.
Click here to submit your proposal.<http://precis.preciscentral.com/User/UserLogin.asp?Action=Admin&EventID=854d9fca&bhcp=1> Proposal Submission Instructions For a detailed listing of submission/track information please click here<http://www.cvent.com/d/jdqkfc/12K>.  Please check www.weightofthenation.org<http://www.weightofthenation.org/> regularly for agenda updates.
Grant Opportunities (lots of Service Project Grant Opportunities!):

1.    Grant opportunity for youth led service projects($500): http://pndapps.fdncenter.org/link/15000049/rfp Twenty-five $500 grants will be awarded to volunteer projects that address the issue of childhood hunger at the community level and are conducted by young people between the ages of 5 and 25

2.    Sodexo Youth Engagement Grants - deadline August 15, 2011<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=8o698scab&et=1106503463886&s=733&e=001EnQzaph6zZzaJ01gIOuI5Z0QImylT_chsA3pJguvUO0z1Y9753CEnHRNpnshOdy7uqJboG4ANF-mRQnaUELhLYFTi1G1HGCLywLfaI1DutMa3tgOolebi3DaRsEzlbkNbZU1GYDwmY0=>The Sodexo School Engagement grant program will support teachers and students, grades K-12, in learning about the incidence of childhood hunger in their community, and in leading meaningful activities that facilitate access to nutritious food for all children, especially those most at risk. The program will be implemented through a service-learning "Semester of Service" focused on childhood hunger that launches on MLK Day of Service (January 16, 2012) and culminates on GYSD (April 20-22, 2012).. 11 grantees will receive a $5,000 planning grant.

3.    Sodexo Youth Grants - deadline September 15, 2011 <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=8o698scab&et=1106503463886&s=733&e=001EnQzaph6zZzjBEHmTdJMXP1gGfJOvKbXBUUaGiIKzDdi2-ecnA_JTZ0KsLFzZVpLvlvag8v8_YKySQXohMpBDtmus2fgA_acHN-NHvPgThP2rvRCSvAx7j09zHiFcwkFoR7iHNpJLjU=> YSA will award 25 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects in the United States that address the issue of childhood hunger during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 13-20, 2011).

4.    Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program - deadline October 31, 2011<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=8o698scab&et=1106503463886&s=733&e=001EnQzaph6zZxz-Hg3Patt7XwQin_IDFu_ed6RPCzAcTymiybIqZGj72lhjVWKhe715JgUEqThriUYrqXoDObzHZauE-7UyHzy6kUjNiDSA3ENfTaRsvFdgCqLcp0Ifj9B_UN2tlFeJ1PbXM9l-9DiDGmiKnLD5VJJ> Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered: repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities, weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities; planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities; and development of community parks or green spaces. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
News, Resources:

1.    The Color of Food Directory is live http://www.thecolorofood.org/locator/index.php (highlights farms and food initiatives led by people of color).

2.    Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition winners announced http://go.usa.gov/BoO Intermediate District 287, South Education Center Alternative in Richfield, Minn. captured the Grand Prize with its Porcupine Sliders<http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=bWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTEwNzI2LjIxNDc0MjEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTEwNzI2LjIxNDc0MjEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xMjc2OTQ2MzM5JmVtYWlsaWQ9c3RlcGhhbmllLmNoYW5Ab2MudXNkYS5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPXN0ZXBoYW5pZS5jaGFuQG9jLnVzZGEuZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&101&&&http://www.recipesforkidschallenge.com/submissions/851-porcupine-sliders>, in a national cook-off held during the American Culinary Federation National Convention, from among 340 recipes originally submitted by schools across the country. White House chef Sam Kass acted as master of ceremonies for the cook-off.

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