On July 21, 2016, the Obama Administration announced four final rules that implement important provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) building on the progress schools across the country have already made in the improved nutritional quality of meals served in schools. The four are Smart Snacks in School, Local School Wellness Policy, Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), and the Administrative Review final rules.
As a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to raise a healthier generation, the rules will ensure that children have access to healthy snacks and that nutrition standards for the foods marketed and served in schools are consistent. The rules will also promote integrity across the school meals programs.
“I am thrilled with the progress we continue to make in building healthier learning environments for our kids with science-based nutrition standards for all food sold and marketed in schools. As a mom, I know how hard parents work to provide nutritious meals and snacks to their kids, and we want to make sure we support those efforts with healthy choices at school,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “I am inspired by the tremendous work that’s being done in schools across the country to provide our kids healthy food to fuel them throughout the day so that they can grow up healthy and fulfill their boundless promise.”
Read the press release here…
The Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council has a job opening for a Manager of School Programs, who will lead the planning, implementation and evaluation of Oregon’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. The selected candidate will possess the ability to develop strong, collaborative working relationships with internal and external contacts, including key influencers within the school setting.
Bethel School District Nutrition Services is seeking a temporary grant-funded Farm to School/Nutrition Education Coordinator. Bethel School District is developing a 2-3 acre production farm with a goal of growing fresh produce to serve in school meals. This position will work closely with the farm manager, Nutrition Services staff, Kalapuya High School staff and students to provide implementation support for district-wide Farm to School and Nutrition Education programming.
This is a 1-year grant funded position, and continuation is dependent on grant funding and budget status. The start date is August 1, 2016, and the position will be open until filled.
Woodburn Schools has a job opening for a Nutrition Services Assistant II at Nellie Muir Elementary. The qualified candidate will prepare and distribute food items for the consumption by students and school personnel and maintain facilities in a sanitary condition. Please visit the Woodburn Schools Jobs page for full job description and online application form.
Gervais Schools has an opening for a Head Cook. Qualified candidates will have progressive, lead-level experience in a production facility with multiple‐food formats and/or base production facility with satellite food operations.
Applications are due by Monday, June 13, and the position starts on August 29, 2016. For full details and application, please visit the Gervais School employment website.
OSNA will hold its Annual Industry Seminar & USDA Foods Show on Friday, October 21 at the Camp Withycombe Armory/Event Center in Clackamas, Oregon. Save the date and stay tuned for registration, program and speaker details!
Vendors who want to showcase USDA Foods (commodities) can now download the booth information sheet and registration/booth equipment order forms from the Annual Industry Seminar page. The reservations deadline is August 15, 2016.
Oakridge School District has a job opening for a Head Cook at Oakridge Junior Senior High School. This position manages, participates in the operation of a school kitchen, and prepares meals at the elementary or secondary school. The Head Cook supervises the other food services employees assigned to the building program and plans the menus to meet state requirements for the building program. The Head Cook is also responsible for keeping records on meals served, food orders, inventory and cash receipts.
The position is open until filled. For a full job description and online application, visit the Oakridge SD Job Listings page.
Need equipment to promote or expand your school breakfast program or to update your cafeteria?
Fuel Up to Play 60 has grant funding! Applications are open online until June 15, 2016. These grants, up to $4,000 per school, are to support academic success through school-wide healthy eating and physical activity initiatives. Apply online at www.fueluptoplay60.com.
Also, here’s something to pass along to your PE teachers. Elementary and middle schools may apply for the Fuel Up to Play 60 NFL Flag Essentials Kit, which includes equipment and curriculum for PE programs. Teachers find these easy-to-use and engaging for all students. Schools may apply for the both the grant and the kit at www.fueluptoplay60.com.
Download the 2016-2017 Playbook Flier (.pdf) today to get a few ideas about how your school can implement touchdown-worthy healthy eating and physical activities!
For questions regarding the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in Oregon or for help with the grant application, please contact:
Crista Hawkins, RDN, LD
Manager, School Programs
Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council