ENTER THIS 2018 FAME Awards | Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence Nominate your school nutrition star for a 2018 FAME Award! Nominations in six categories—School Nutrition Director of the Year, Leadership Award, Spirit Award, Rising Star Award, Special Achievement Award and Friend of Child Nutrition Award—are due October 3, 2017. The 2018 FAME Awards ceremony will be held during SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference in New Orleans in January. Visit http://fameawards.net for more information. The awards are sponsored by Basic American Foods, Tyson Foodservice and Schwan’s Food Service. CHECK THAT OUT Cheese Omelets | Michael Foods Give students a healthy helping of nutrients with Cheese Omelets from the Papetti’s® line from Michael Foods. Made with real eggs, they deliver a powerful boost of protein for increased energy and concentration. Choose from individually wrapped Cheddar Cheese Omelets or non-wrapped Cheddar or Colby Cheese Omelets. All omelets credit as 2-oz.-eq. meat/meat alternate. Take a look at www.michaelfoods.com. LOOK AT THAT Farm to School Grants | USDA Sixty-five projects nationwide were chosen to receive USDA annual farm to school grants, aimed to increase the amount of local foods served in schools. Individual grants, distributed by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, range from $14,500 to $100,000, for a total of $5 million. They were made out to schools, state agencies, tribal group and nonprofit organizations for farm to school planning, implementation or training. The projects selected are located in urban, suburban and rural areas in 42 states and Puerto Rico, and they are estimated to serve more than 5,500 schools and 2 million students. Information on individual projects can be found at www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/grant-awards. CHECK THAT OUT Healthy Habits Planners | School Datebooks Created by the University of Arizona’s Nutrition Sciences department, Choosing Healthy Habits Planners are designed to engage students with health-related activities, such as tracking water consumption, fruit and veggie choices and physical activity. Consider it as a giveaway or prize for a cafeteria-sponsored student competition. Both elementary and middle school versions are available. Visit www.schooldatebooks.com/healthplanners. CHECK THAT OUT Whole-Grain Churros | J&J Snack Foods Make it a fiesta with the Tio Pepe line Whole-Grain Churros from J&J Snack Foods. The churros are 51% whole grain and come in both non-filled and filled varieties, including Apple, Raspberry, Guava, Mango and Cinnamon. They are individually wrapped, Smart Snack-compliant and a Cool School Café-qualifying product. Learn more at www.jjsnackfoodservice.com. DOWNLOAD THIS Starting with Soil | Whole Kids Foundation Available on Android and iOS Whole Kids Foundation has launched Starting with Soil, a free, tablet-based education program that aims to provide a fun way for kids (and parents) to learn what it looks and feels like to grow food in harmony with nature. The educational app functions as an interactive story told in four chapters, demonstrating how nature creates soil, the importance of pollinators and the critical roles animals, the weather, microorganisms and cover crops play in organic farming. The final chapter presents different ways families can continue to explore the topic of organic growing, including where they shop. For more information, visit www.wholekidsfoundation.org/organic education. ENTER THIS Free Lunch Recipe Contest | Gold Kist Farms K-12 foodservice operators can submit an original recipe using Gold Kist products and possibly win a special lunch party for one school in the district, while also being featured in a School Nutrition ad campaign, on the Gold Kist Farms website and at SNA’s 2018 Annual National Conference. There are three separate product categories and deadlines in the Free Lunch Recipe Contest; winners will be selected in each. Recipes featuring Chicken Smackers are due by October 1; those using the company’s diced chicken or chicken strips are due November 1; and Gold Kist’s A+ chicken fillets and tenders are due December 1. Visit www. goldkistfarms.com for contest details and the online submission form. CHECK THAT OUT Turkey Breast Sticks | Jennie-O Turkey Store Offer students a tasty, healthy snack with Turkey Breast Sticks, new from Jennie-O Turkey Store. The sticks come in three flavors: Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast, Smoke House Turkey Breast and Sweet BBQ Turkey Breast. The snacks are individually wrapped, credit as 1-oz.-eq. meat/meat alternate and contain 8 g protein. They are also Smart Snacks compliant. Visit www.jennieofoodservice.com to learn more. CHECK THAT OUT Fresh Avocados | Simplot Add creamy, delicious avocados to your menu without the hassle of peeling and pitting. Harvest Fresh Avocados, made with Hass avocado, come diced, sliced, in halves, as chunky or smooth pulp and as guacamole. Simplot’s ultra-high pressure cold pasteurization preserves the product without additives, preservatives or heat treatment. For information, visit www.simplotfoods.com. LOOK AT THAT Cooking Up Change | Healthy Schools Campaign In late June, 22 high school students from seven cities across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Cooking Up Change National Finals, sponsored by the Healthy Schools Campaign. The dishes were required to adhere to the current school lunch nutrition standards, including required meal pattern components, calorie limitations and sodium restrictions. They also had to cost no more than $1.25 a person, and be easy to replicate on a large scale. A student team from La Habra High School in Orange County, Calif. (Carlos Marquez, Yasmin Marquez and Isabella Moreno) won first place with their dish, Chicken Kashmir, Pepino Curry and Tropical Kheer. To learn more about the program, visit www.healthyschoolscampaign.org. CHECK THAT OUT Vector Multi-Cook Oven | Alto-Shaam Alto-Shaam’s Vector Multi-Cook Oven features Structured Air Technology™ to evenly cook up to two times more food than a traditional convection oven. The oven has a 21-in. footprint and features ventless operation, which means it can be placed anywhere. It comes with two-, three- or four-oven chambers and in full- or half-sized capacity, allowing you to cook four foods at four different temperatures, times and fan speeds with the four-chamber option. Learn more at www.alto-shaam.com.
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