These are just a few of the growing number of nutrition related web sites on the Internet. They provide reliable information and can lead you to many other good sites. But beware out there in Cyberspace. Along with lots of good stuff, there’s plenty of misinformation and bad nutrition advice.
Is your snack a Smart Snack? Find out with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Product Calculator! This calculator has been determined by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service to be accurate in assessing product compliance with the federal requirements for Smart Snacks in Schools. For more information on the Smart Snacks click here.
Minnesota School Food Buying Group
The MSFBG was started in 2006-2007 school year with 15 districts looking for ways to reduce the costs for school food. There are now 94 districts participating.
How it works
MN State law allows for government entities to share contracts with each other by signing joint purchasing agreements. All districts that join the MFSBG sign a joint agreement with Anoka-Hennepin ISD 11.
The group selects categories with the most usage volume and dollar spent, then agrees on one item in its category to bid out. Example-Chicken Nugget Category. Each participant calculates their usage for the next school year. Usage volume is requested from all participants.
The Bid Process
Each spring, bids include the items awarded from the preceding year. New items that participants may want to bid are discussed and based on potential savings those new items may be put on the bid.
The MSFBG represents over half the student population in Minnesota.
Why Join a Buying Group and What You Should Consider Before Joining
– minimal cost to join
– large savings
– bidding process is done for you
– commitment to usage
– buying what you committed
– your role as a participating district
– becoming a participant is easy
* sign a joint purchasing agreement with Anoka-Hennepin
* pay an annual fee (from July 1 through June 30)
* MSFBG notifies brokers, manufacturers, and distributor of new members
The Great Trays™ toolkit provides tools, information, and resources to plan kid-tested nutritious menus that meet the new nutrition standards for school lunch and breakfast programs, start and promote farm to school programs, save money on food purchasing, and “nudge” students toward healthier choices.
MN Department of Education Farm2School Links
MDE hosts a Farm2School page to connect school districts with information and toolkits to meet the diverse needs of school nutrition programs, support regional and local farmers and provide support for health and nutrition education.
Understanding of K12 food procurement Report
Eating our Peas and Carrots: Strategies for Expanding K-12 Access to Fruits and Vegetables through Supply Chain Innovation and Investment
- key trends in the US produce industry
- how fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are used in K-12 settings and related supply chain pathways
- market dynamics around cosmetically imperfect “seconds” for F&V
- results of School Food FOCUS market research for fresh and frozen produce grown in the Upper Midwest
- gaps and opportunities for financing food enterprises and building infrastructure for F&V that are regionally grown and processed
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
Farm2School website to connect students, parents, farmers, educators and other community members with useful tools and information. The site features an interactive map that shows where Farm to School is happening in Minnesota, videos, articles, tip sheets and many useful resources.
Wellness Policy Samples
Mounds View ISD – Wellness Policy
Wellness policy: http://www.moundsviewschools.org/pdf/regulationEG-3106.pdf (pdf)
Wellness website for Mounds View public schools: http://www.moundsviewschools.org/Wellness.asp
USDA Wellness Policy Samples
School Nutrition Association Wellness Policy Information
MN School Board Association (MASBO) – Wellness Policy Information
To access the wellness policy in the MASBO website, you will need a school password. Please contact your superintendent for that number.