It’s time to apply for the 2018 School Wellness Award! For the 11th year in a row, the School Wellness Award will be given to three Oregon schools. Supported by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the Nutrition Council of Oregon, and the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, the awards recognize schools’ efforts in putting their local wellness policies into action and making the connection between nutrition, physical activity and academic achievement.
The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network is seeking workshop proposals for its 2018 Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Summit, which will be held January 25-26, 2018, at The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon.
Check out the information sheet today for details on potential topic areas and other details!
Now and then, OSNA receives deadline-sensitive news items and announcements after the regular publication of our monthly e-newsletter. September is one of these months!
Please enjoy “An Extra Helping” of the OSNA School Meal Scoop eNews, which is jam-packed with information about grants, awards and other resources that can benefit your school foodservice programs!
Here is the latest edition of the School Wellness Newsletter Fall 2017. There are great resources for revising and updating school wellness policies. Please share the newsletter with your networks and feel free to use articles in your own communications to support students, staff and schools.
- Direct the operations of the school kitchen with assistance from the Director of Nutrition and Food Services.
- Responsible for day-to-day performance of tasks required to provide a food service programs to a school population.
- Provide assistance in schools to plan, prepare and serve nutritious meals to students and staff in a sanitary, efficient and friendly environment.
- Assist in maintaining accurate accountability.
On Sept. 8, USDA issued a press release announcing that some of Oregon’s neediest children will be able to enjoy uninterrupted meal service in the midst of wildfires thanks to a demonstration project approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
FNS has approved the State of Oregon’s request to operate meal service through a Summer Food Service Program demonstration project that allows them to take meals home with them. FNS offers the option for summer meal sponsors to operate this program during the school year when there are unexpected school closures. In Oregon, due to current conditions, it is expected that a number of schools will not be in session. Under this demo, children will be able to take home individually sealed meals served through the program rather than having to eat them on site. FNS is allowing the State of Oregon to use this demo in specific impacted areas on days where there are air quality alerts from the National Weather Service. The approval is effective through October 16.
“USDA strives to ensure all Americans have access to food, especially in times of crisis,” said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “This Summer Food Service Program demo offers the agility to provide meals to children – away from sites – under extraordinary circumstances, including extreme weather situations.”
Visit the USDA Communications web page to read the full press release.
The OSNA Industry Committee is pleased to announce the second Chelsea Hicks Foundation and Chelsea’s Closet Costume Drive to be held in conjunction with its Annual Industry Seminar on October 13, 2017 at the Camp Withycombe Armory and Conference Center in Clackamas.
To get details on this charity and costume donations, please visit our Annual Industry Seminar page.