2015 Summer Sunshine Awards

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizes the efforts and successes of outstanding sponsors operating the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

This year Arizona has two recipients of the 2015 Western Region Summer Sunshine Award.  Yuma Union High School District has received the award for Program Expansion in Local Communities and the Dairy Council of Arizona for Outstanding Partners.

Congratulations to Yuma Union High School District and Dairy Council of Arizona!

Fuel Up To Play 60 Prize for 10 Lucky Students

FREE tickets for Student and ONE (1) parent/guardian to December 10, 2015 Cardinal game
against the Minnesota Vikings at 6:25 pm.
Fuel Up To Play 60
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Fuel Up To Play 60
The Cardinals request that the student’s ages range from 7-14 years old.
Ten (10) students will receive a pair of tickets, a pair of pregame field passes and be recognized as part of the Play60 program on the field.
Please provide this information to Patricia Johnson electronically by 4:30 pm, Monday, November 30th, 2015 for consideration.
Send to Patricia Johnson: pjohnson@dcaz.org
Thank you and good luck to your students!
10 Students will be chosen from applications received by the deadline.
Winners will be notified by December 3, 2015

School Breakfast Contest by Action for Health Kids

Enter the Lights, Camera, Breakfast Contest to showcase how your alternative school breakfast program helps students start the school day with a nutritious meal. You could win 5K and other funds for your school. See here for how to enter your creative 1-minute video through January 8, 2016. Get those cameras rolling! 


Summer Meals Newsletter

It’s time to begin planning for next year’s Summer Meals.  Save the Date for the Summer Food Service Program Summit on February 16th, 2016 at Mesa Convention Center, Mesa, Arizona.

View the October 2015 Summer Meals Newsletter for valuable information.

Dairy Council of Arizona Jump Start Your Breakfast Program with the Phoenix Suns!

Jump start your school breakfast program!

Are you looking for way to jump start your school breakfast program and increase participation?  A school wide assembly with a Phoenix Suns player could be just what your program needs to generate excitement about school breakfast.


Contest Period- October 26- November 20, 2015

Comparison Period- September 1 – September 25, 2015

Winning School Assembly- February 24, 2016

Questions? Ask Terri Verason at tverason@dcaz.org

School Food Support Initiative

School Food Support Initiative
A Life Time Foundation Program, in partnership with the Chef Ann Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation are looking to award a total of 5 districts ( who have 3,000 to 12,000 students) funds and technical assistance to innovate and improve their school meal programs. The applications must be submitted by October 30, 2015. Please visit their website for details.

National School Lunch Week is October 12-16!

America’s school nutrition professionals have been doing some phenomenal work to serve healthy and flavorful meals to over 30 million students nationwide, and USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) wants to recognize all efforts as we celebrate National School Lunch Week (October 12-16)! Please review the letter from USDA announcing the National School Lunch Week!

Within the letter, USDA highlights this infographic “What’s Shaking that provides some tips on achieving sodium reduction while boosting the flavor of foods served in schools. USDA is collaborating with the food industry, public health organizations, and other stakeholders on a national sodium reduction initiative entitled What’s Shaking?  Creative Ways to Boost Flavor With Less Sodium. USDA plans to continue highlighting the stories and strategies of schools and districts across the country that are achieving sodium reduction in school meals.

One More Challenge Story

The USDA Summer Food Service Program enables school districts nationwide to provide nutritious meals, to children 18 and younger, free of charge. Unfortunately, this year, Arizona ranks as the 5th highest state for kids that go hungry in the nation. The USDA designated Arizona a target state and the state requested that school districts add one more site, one more week or one more meal to the Summer Food Service Program to help combat hunger.
Click here to read our One More Challenge Story from Yuma Union High School District.