Food Services & Nutrition
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Missouri Crunch information has arrived!
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October is National Farm to School month. Let’s celebrate Missouri produce! View the above video for our celebration for the month. To find more information about the 2022 Crunch Off, visit the Missouri Crunch Off Website. Check back now and then, as new information will be added and shared.
Use missourigrownusa.com to find local producers or reach out to Alexis.Jose@mda.mo.gov if you are needing assistance to connect with a producer.
Missouri Healthy Schools #OnTheMoveMO #FarmToSchool Spotlight
>> Main topics: Our MHS Senior Nutritionist Lisa Leslie Farmer is #OnTheMoveMO at the Missouri School of the Blind in St. Louis having a great conversation with Andrea Alma, USDA Farm to School Specialist about the amazing Missouri #FarmToSchool & #FarmToECE programs.
>> View video here
Food Allergies Fact Sheets
>> Main topics: A series of fact sheets that provide an overview of food allergies, the top 8 food allergies, how to manage food allergies, and common questions regarding food allergies in child nutrition programs.
>> Link to more resources here
Food Allergies for School Nutrition Directors
>> Main topics: Food Allergies for School Nutrition Directors is an in-depth training on managing food allergies in school nutrition programs. Directors and food allergy management personnel who take this course will create an outline of a food allergy management plan or have an opportunity to strengthen their existing plan. This course includes information about food allergies, food intolerance, reading food labels, avoiding cross contact, accommodating students with food allergies, laws regarding food allergies, and educating the school community about food allergies.
>> Link to more resources here
FRAC Applauds Congress for Quickly Passing Child Nutrition Provisions in the Keep Kids Fed Act, Calls on Congress to Make Additional Investments in the Child Nutrition Programs
>> Main topics: The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) applauds Congress for their bipartisan efforts to pass the Keep Kids Fed Act quickly and overwhelmingly. This is a critical first step to help avert a summer hunger crisis, support access to child care meals, and provide additional funding and flexibility needed for school nutrition operations.
>> Read more here
MHS #OnTheMoveMO - School Success Story at Charleston R-1 School District
>> Main topics: In this #OnTheMoveMO School Success Stories video we spotlighted the amazing Charleston R-1 School District story of the new physical education and playground equipment, healthy school nutrition program, and the community impact of students receiving hygiene and food pantry items.
MHS #OnTheMoveMO - Kennet School District #39 "America's Healthiest Schools Success Story
>> Main topics: Our New Missouri Healthy Schools #OnTheMoveMO School Success Stories video features the Kennett School District #39 in the #Bootheel as all their schools have been awarded “America’s Healthiest Schools” by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for prioritizing nutrition, physical activity & strong wellness policies. #PBIS
>> Watch the video above or click on the link here
Study: Prediabetes rates rise among teens
>> Main topics: The number of US adolescents with prediabetes increased from 12% between 1999 and 2002 to 28% between 2015 and 2018, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Data on almost 6,600 youth ages 12 to 19 showed that those who lived in poverty were more likely to develop prediabetes.
Promoting Specialty Crops in Missouri Schools
>> Main topics: The Missouri Grown Program is offering up to $1,000 in reimbursement to registered Missouri school districts & early childcare education centers to cover the cost of specialty crops. Please view the infographic below to learn more.
CDC: More teens seen in EDs for eating disorders in 2020
>> Main topics: Emergency department visits resulting from eating disorders doubled among adolescent girls from March to October 2020, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Eating disorder specialist Allison Chase attributes the increase, in part, to the fear and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation of lockdowns, and clinical psychologist Erin Parks says additional factors may include greater use of social media as well as food insecurity among families with financial issues.
USDA Report Underscores the Urgent Need to Extend Child Nutrition Waivers
>> Main topics: Congress must provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the authority to continue child nutrition waivers through the 2022-2023 school year in the appropriations package currently being negotiated and expected to pass this week. These waivers have been critical in supporting school nutrition operations so that children have access to school and summer meals throughout the pandemic, and they are still needed as schools and families recover from and respond to the economic, health, and educational fallout from the pandemic.
A report released today by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service underscores the negative impact of supply chain disruptions and staffing challenges on school nutrition programs during the 2021-2022 school year. The report also found that nearly 90 percent of school districts used the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) waiver to serve meals for school year 2021-2022, which allows schools to offer all students meals at no charge and provides higher reimbursement rates which have been needed to support nutrition finances during the pandemic.
USDA Helps Schools Build Back Better, Issues Transitional Nutrition Standards for Coming School Years
>> Main topics: The new final rule – Child Nutrition Programs: Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium – establishes the following requirements beginning SY 2022-2023:
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