Farm to School Mini-Grants Available!

Mini-grant funding of up to $1,200 is available on a competitive basis for Pennsylvania schools to use to conduct Farm to School activities. Qualifying schools must be sponsors of the National School Lunch Program. This funding is made available from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition through a collaboration with Penn State University known as Project PA. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.

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To apply:

  • Download the Farm to School Mini-Grant Information and the Farm to School Mini-Grant Application Packet below.red-arrow-24
  • Read both documents thoroughly.
  • Complete the application form and send as an e-mail attachment to elainem@psu.edu by 5:00PM on October 31, 2014. (Hard copies and faxes will not be accepted.)

Questions? Contact Elaine McDonnell at icon-emailelainem@psu.edu or 814-865-5869.

 

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Webinars | Rebroadcasts

  • Smart Snacks in School Webinar
  • School Meal Pattern Updates | June 2014

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Smart Snacks in School Webinar | Rebroadcast

The Smart Snacks in School webinar was conducted on April 28, April 30, and May 1, 2014 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The webinar is divided in to 3 parts.

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Download the Questions and Answers
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Download Webinar Slides in Handout Format
DownloadInterim Final Review: SSiS Foods Flowchart

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School Meal Pattern Updates Webinar | Rebroadcast

The School Meal Pattern Updates webinar was conducted on June 2, June 3, and June 5, 2014 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The webinar is divided in to 3 parts.

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  • Farm to School | Twitter
  • Farm to School Month | Highlights
  • New Meal Pattern | Breakfast Update
  • HHFKA Presentations
  • Green Ribbon Schools

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Farm to School on Twitter

Follow Project PA's Farm to School program on Twitter. View tweets from Project PA and from various Farm to School programs throughout the country.

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National Farm to School Month in Pennsylvania

October was designated as National Farm to School Month by Congress is 2010. In October 2013, schools throughout Pennsylvania celebrated National Farm to School Month. Activities in four school districts were highlighted to bring attention to the great work being done in these districts to make local, Pennsylvania products available to their students.

More About Farm to School Month and Photos of Events

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Breakfast Update | New Meal Pattern

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrtition has released a New Meal Pattern Breakfast Update Webinar.

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View the New Meal Patterns Presentations

You can find links for each presentation in the "Main Menu" at the top labeled "New Meal Pattern."  From the drop down menu, select "NSMP 2010 Presentations." Each menu item links to a handout download and the ability to view the presentation with audio on YouTube.

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Green Ribbon Schools Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Education will once again participate in the Green Ribbons Schools Program

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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.). Selected entries may be featured at a summer conference in State College presented by PDE. If your entry is selected to be featured, your travel expenses to attend that conference will be covered.

Questions? Contact Elaine McDonnell at elainem@psu.edu 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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