Webinar: Farm to Early Care and Education

Farm to School can go beyond K–12 institutions. An increasing number of early child care and education providers are becoming involved in farm to school activities which can help to establish healthy eating habits in early childhood. This webinar will provide an overview and examples of farm to early care and education, and present a mini-grant opportunity. Presenters will include representatives from the Food Trust and STEP Head Start of Lycoming–Clinton County.

 

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Final Rule: Local School Wellness Policy Implementation under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
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Final Rule: Local School Wellness Policy Implementation under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Webinar was aired three times: February 10th, 17th, and 22nd by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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New Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Pattern
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The New Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Pattern webinar was broadcast on October 11th and 12th, 2016 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Serving High Quality Meals in Summer Meal Programs
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The Serving High Quality Meals in Summer Meal Programs webinar was aired on June 7, 2016 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Smarter Lunchrooms in Pennsylvania
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The Smarter Lunchrooms in Pennsylvania webinar was aired on May 26, 2016 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Ethics of Financial Integrity and Financial Reports
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The Ethics of Financial Integrity and Financial Reports webinar was aired on April 20 and 21, 2016 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Procurement in Child Nutrition Programs
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The Procurement in Child Nutrition Programs webinar was aired on March 29 & 30, April 5, 2016 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Financial Basics and Program Reporting Requirements
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The Financial Basics and Program Reporting Requirements webinar was aired on December 3 and 4, 2015 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Production Records and Crediting in School Meals
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The Production Records and Crediting in School Meals webinar was aired on September 21, 2015 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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  • Final Rule: Local School Wellness Policy Implementation under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Webinar
  • New Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Pattern
  • Serving High Quality Meals in Summer Meal Programs
  • Smarter Lunchrooms in Pennsylvania Schools
  • Unit 2 | Ethics of Financial Integrity and Financial Reports
  • Procurement in Child Nutrition Programs
  • Unit 1 | Financial Basics and Program Reporting Requirements
  • Production Records and Crediting in School Meals
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Smarter Lunchrooms | Resources

  • Apply for Smarter Lunchrooms Assessment!
  • Share Your Smarter Lunchrooms Successes!
  • Smarter Lunchrooms Promising Practices

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You have worked hard to provide healthy meals for your students! The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, and ProjectPA are excited to help you and your school by providing simple and effective tools that encourage positive changes in the lunchroom! A Smarter Lunchroom nudges students toward choosing nutritious foods.

Smarter Lunchroom ideas are:

  • low-cost/no-cost,
  • sustainable,
  • promote healthy eating, and
  • can increase participation in school meals.
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Smarter Lunchrooms Promising Practices

Smarter Lunchrooms, an initiative from the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs ( www.smarterlunchrooms.org ), uses low-cost or no-cost, simple, research-based strategies to encourage student to make healthier choices in school lunchrooms. Tell us about the Smarter Lunchrooms changes you have made and your successful results!

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Smarter Lunchrooms Promising Practices submitted to Project PA.

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Offer vs Serve Course on the School Nutrition Toolbox

Offer versus serve (OVS) allows students to decline some of the food offered as part of school breakfast or lunch while still having a reimbursable meal. OVS was instituted to reduce food waste and to allow students to choose the foods they want to eat. Because students may decline some selections under OVS, training is needed on what constitutes a reimbursable lunch and breakfast. This module provides information that is useful for all levels of school food service personnel about the requirements of OVS.

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Healthy School Meal Promising Practices

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Healthy School Meal Promising Practices

  • Have you found a creative way to overcome a challenge related to meeting the new meal standards?
  • Have you had success in keeping your participation levels high?
  • Found a food item or items that help you meet the standards and that students are accepting?

Project PA would like to hear about your Healthy School Meal Promising Practices. You can let us know by submitting information about it through the Project PA website (Please use the link below.).

Questions? Contact Elaine McDonnell at [email protected] or 814-865-5869

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Collection of Breakfast Promising Practices

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Collection of Breakfast Promising Practices

Creative strategies to maintain successful breakfast programs are employed in many of Pennsylvania's schools. Foodservice staff at these schools, often in collaboration with personnel from other disciplines and from the community at large, devise innovative plans for increasing breakfast participation rates and improving the nutritional quality of breakfast items, all while gaining support from various stakeholders. Transforming a section of the school library into a cafe, using peer education to promote breakfast, serving breakfast in the hallways, and inviting parents to participate in the breakfast program are just a few of the many success stories described here. The schools and districts represented in this collection have shared their successful tactics by way of Project PA's "Promising Practices" reporting system. These School Breakfast Promising Practices offer insight and advice about beginning and sustaining successful breakfast programs for all grade levels, elementary through high school.

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Promoting Farm to School Programs in Pennsylvania

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Promoting Farm to School Programs in Pennsylvania

Farm to School programs connect schools with local farms to provide healthy foods in schools, improve students’ dietary habits, provide hands-on nutrition education opportunities, foster stronger connections within communities, and support local farmers. Farm to School programs take on a variety of forms and may include classroom lessons about agriculture and farming, school gardens, trips to local farms, taste-testing of local products, school markets, and integration of locally-produced foods into school meals programs, among others. Project PA, with funding and support from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is initiating a project to promote Farm to School programs in Pennsylvania. This program will provide examples of successful Farm to School programs and resources and assistance to help schools start these programs.

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Farm to School: Keeping it Safe

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Farm to School: Keeping it Safe

Schools are working to provide healthier meals to students and teach them the skills they need to make good decisions about nutrition and health. As part of these efforts, there is growing interest among schools in Farm to School programs. While a primary objective of Farm to School activities is to connect schools with local farms to promote purchasing of local foods for school meals, a variety of types of activities fall under the Farm to School umbrella including school gardens, nutrition and agriculture classroom lessons, field trips to local farms, and taste-testing of local products. In addition to providing healthy foods in school meals programs and providing students with health and nutrition education, Farm to School programs support local farmers and therefore strengthen local food systems.

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