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.
Grant Application Deadline: October 31, 2014 by 5PM.
- Download the Farm to School Mini-Grant Information and the Farm to School Mini-Grant Application Packet below.
- Read both documents thoroughly.
- Complete the application form and send as an e-mail attachment to email@example.com by 5:00PM on October 31, 2014. (Hard copies and faxes will not be accepted.)
Questions? Contact Elaine McDonnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-865-5869.
Webinars | Rebroadcasts
- Smart Snacks in School Webinar
- School Meal Pattern Updates | June 2014
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.View the Webinar Rebroadcast
Download the Questions and Answers
Download Webinar Slides
Download Webinar Slides in Handout Format
Interim Final Review: SSiS Foods Flowchart
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.View the Webinar Rebroadcast
Recent Happenings | Select a Tab | Click on a Link
- Offer vs Serve Course
- Farm to School | Twitter
- Farm to School Month | Highlights
- New Meal Pattern | Breakfast Update
- HHFKA Presentations
- Green Ribbon Schools
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.
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.
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.
Breakfast Update | New Meal Pattern
The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrtition has released a New Meal Pattern Breakfast Update Webinar.
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.
School Nutrition Toolbox | Training Site for PA School Foodservice
The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania State University have collaborated to provide free web-based administrative training for National School Lunch (NSLP) sponsors in Pennsylvania. Twelve training courses are currently available: Eligibility Determination, Verification, Meal Counting and Claiming, SNP Annual Training, Farm to School: Keeping it Safe, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Overview of School Nutrition Programs, Serving Students with Special Needs, Breakfast: The Most Important Lesson of the Day, FSMC - Contracting with a Food Service Management Company, Renewal Year Contract with a Food Service Management Company, and Selecting a Meal Purchase Option.Register for a course.
Promoting Farm to School Programs in Pennsylvania
Farm to School: Keeping it Safe