[montanafood_ag] Updates from the National Farm to School Network - New School Meal Standard Info!

Aubree Durfey aubree at gvfarmtoschool.org
Mon Jan 30 21:46:41 MST 2012

*I.                 **Grant opportunity: Funding to host statewide food
systems meetings*

*Call for Proposals: Healthy Farms, Healthy People State Meetings Learning
Community. *Below is an announcement by the National Network of Public
Health Institutes for available support to host state meetings addressing
agriculture and human health.

Source: http://nnphi.org/news-events/funding-opportunities.

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the
National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and Institute for
Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) will foster a national learning
community of nonprofit organizations hosting state level meetings promoting
a cross-sector examination of the intersection between agriculture and
human health. This project will provide technical assistance and limited
funding (up to $7500 per grantee) to selected nonprofit organizations that
commit to hosting such meetings in 2012. Eligible applicants include
nonprofit organizations working in health or agriculture that demonstrate
an ability to work across sectors and host effective meetings.  *An
informational web conference will be held January 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM ET
and proposals are due February 13.* Please see the website to register for
the call and link to the call for proposals

II.               *Resources to help you understand the USDA’s New
Healthier School Meals Standards**  *As you may know, the new school meal
standards were announced this past week. Here are two resources for you to
navigate through this:

a.      Condensed version of the final rule with comparisons to the current
regulations and the proposed regulations – thanks to Midwest NFSN Regional
Lead Alyssa Moles!

b.      FRAC Webinar - February 2, 1:00 p.m. EST “New Healthier School Meal
Standards: What You Need to Know” Register
*I.                 **Great Big
* great idea from FoodShare Toronto, schedule for Thursday, March 8th at
2:30pm E.S.T... The "crunch" is a FoodShare
<http://www.foodshare.net/> Toronto initiative
to get students of all ages excited about locally grown apples, eating
healthy snacks and breaking records while doing it!

*III.               **School Food Media mentions this

*Legislation would allow public schools to stop providing free lunch to
needy kids <http://www.foodshare.net/>*
*East Valley Tribune <http://www.foodshare.net/>*
*He said the decision whether to participate in the National School
Lunch Program
- and deal with the various restrictions - is best left to local school
officials. Crandall said some districts, particularly those with only a
small percentage of … <http://www.foodshare.net/>*
* <http://www.foodshare.net/>**
Santee Education Complex tries to whet appetite for healthy food
Los Angeles Times
But that said, when Ernesto and I ventured into the cafeteria to conduct a
quick survey, students who were munching unenthusiastically on uninspired
burgers said they'd be willing to try a salad from the school garden if
they had the chance. ...

Kids' weight gains not due to junk food at schools
Fox News
Administrators at the schools provided researchers with information on
whether "competitive foods," or foods that are sold in competition with the
National School Lunch Program, were available at the school through vending
machines, snack bars or a la …

Growing to school: Students taste success with local food program
The Wenatchee World Online
Twenty school districts across the state have been selected to participate
in this project in order to create or enhance a farm-to-school program.
Within North Central Washington, the school districts selected are
Oroville, Tonasket and Wenatchee. ...

Farm to School Program Introduced by Rep. Cynthia Thielen
Hawaii Reporter
HONOLULU, HAWAII - A bill establishing a Farm to School Program within the
Department of Agriculture was introduced today by Hawai'i State
Representative Cynthia Thielen (R, 50th District: Kailua, Kaneohe Bay).
This program would require public ... <http://www.foodshare.net/>*

Aubree Durfey
Montana State Lead, National Farm to School Network
Gallatin Valley Farm to School
 (406) 581-8209

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