School Food Programs- BONUS ITEMS

School Food Programs
The School Food Programs Team would like to remind you that we have many products available in our surplus manager.
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Wells Fargo Regional Sustainability Teacher’s Academy


Click here to review the Wells Fargo Regional Sustainability Teacher’s Academy flyer!

This is designed to help local K-12 teachers from all subjects to integrate sustainability into their curriculum, develop campus projects and encourage community engagement. This will also include the use of school gardens in curriculum!

Jump Start Your School Breakfast Program with the Phoenix Suns!


Are you looking for way to jump start your school breakfast program and increase participation?  Dairy Council of Arizona has just the thing:  A school wide assembly with a Phoenix Suns player could be exactly what your program needs to generate excitement about school breakfast. 

Start thinking now about how you can increase your breakfast participation between January 9 – February 3, 2017.


If you have any questions, please email Terri at [email protected]


2017 Champions of Breakfast Awards

ADE and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Western Regional Office are pleased to release nomination materials for the 2017 Champions of Breakfast Awards.

These awards will recognize the outstanding achievements of School Food Authorities (SFAs) and individual schools that impressively administer the National School Breakfast Program (SBP) and provide nutritious morning meals to children in the Western Region states. The 2017 Champions of Breakfast Award categories for nomination are:

  1. Successful Startup of a New School Breakfast Program
  2. Implementation of an Innovative School Breakfast Model
  3. Boosting Breakfast Meal Quality
  4. Tradition of Excellence in Serving School Breakfast

You can read more information about the nomination process here.
Click here for the nomination form.
Please submit all nominations to Cara Peczkowski ([email protected]) by January 27, 2017.

Contact Cara Peczkowski or Erin Raczynski with any questions about the awards:
[email protected] 602-542-8711
[email protected] 602-542-5075

We look forward to celebrating your School Breakfast Program achievements!

4th Annual Summer Food Service Program Summit


February 14, 2017 – Summer Food Service Program for Non-Profit Organizations and Government Entities who wish to sponsor the SFSP:

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE), Health and Nutrition Services Division is pleased to announce the upcoming 2017 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Summit.

Training is available to all qualified entities interested in being a SFSP sponsor.  Nonprofit organizations and government entities (that are not schools) MUST attend training to be considered for approval to operate the Program for FY2017.  School Food Authority (SFA) sponsors SHOULD attend one day of training.  New school staff and SFAs with operational review findings from the prior year can attend both days to better reinforce the information.

ADE is holding the SFSP Summit at:

Mesa Convention Center
263 N. Center Street
Mesa, Arizona 85201

The Summit check-in begins at 7:00 AM and the Summit runs from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Registration is now open on the Event Management System.

February 14 & February 15, 2017 – Summer Food Service Program Summit for Schools:

School sponsors are strongly encouraged to attend ONE of the days of the training.  To better accommodate the needs of school staff, training is being offered for two days.  Both days will cover similar material with slight differences due to time limitations on day two.  New staff that will be operating SFSP may want to attend both days to solidify and reinforce knowledge learned on the first day.

  • February 14 – This day will focus on SFSP program operations and how to submit your SFSP application correctly to ADE, but at a slower pace and in more depth than the February 15th training.  It is recommended that new staff attend February 14th session, with the option to also attend on the 15th.  Any SFA staff may attend this day in lieu of February 15th.  The Summit check-in begins at 7:00 AM and the Summit runs from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Registration is now open on the Event Management System.
  • February 15 – The second day is only available for school sponsors and is held in conjunction with the School Foods Processing Conference.  As such, SFSP is one of the many sessions being covered which is why all SFA staff are also invited on the 14th.  Training sessions will cover program operations and how to submit you application correctly to ADE.  The School Foods Processing Conference and the SFSP Summit check-in begins at 7:00 AM and the Summit runs from 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM.  Please register on the Event Management System.

Technology with CNPs

Are you shopping for an online school meals application for the first time or considering upgrading/replacing your current system?
A guide has been released by the Social Interest Solutions and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to give insight when selecting a School Meals Online Application!
Check out ADE’s new webpage, Technology with CNPs, to access this guide.

The School Nutrition Association will also be hosting a webinar about this guide on Wednesday November 30 at noon. You can register for the webinar here.