upLIFT was created for you, the child nutrition professional, to provide you with materials to help you LEARN about nutrition, INSPIRE you on what to feed your participants, FEED your participants healthy meals, and TEACH others in your community about your programs!
The monthly webinar series will focus on sharing relevant nutrition knowledge as well as standout stories from the field on successful service models, inspiring menu ideas, and tips and tricks to implement nutrition initiatives in schools! These webinars are intended to provide you with real, applicable, and helpful information that you can use to operate the best school food service program possible at your sites this year!
The link to register for the upcoming upLIFT webinar is coming soon.
This educational resource will feature information on a specific nutrition topic that can be applied to school food service. The educational content of these fact sheets will match the content of the monthly webinar, when applicable.
The Research Rundowns are aimed at providing you with the most relevant information from research articles that may be applicable in the various situations you may encounter as you operate meal service this year.
This resource breaks down exactly how Arizona school districts are able to pull together some of the beautiful and nutritious meals that we may see being served this year. It outlines everything from the food items, packaging, labor, and food safety considerations that went into the creation of these meals/components so that you have all the information you need to do the same!
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) was awarded a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition Training Grant that supports the initiation of the Kitchen Creations project. This project specifically focuses on creating standardized recipes for use in school meals programs. All recipes standardized under the grant will feature local and native foods as the primary ingredients.
The Arizona Department of Education Recognizes Schools for Exemplary Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs
The Arizona Department of Education Health and Nutrition Services is pleased to announce the Program Year 2021-2022 BRAVOcado! awardees for excellent Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) operations. The BRAVOcado! Excellence Award is given to schools that demonstrate exemplary FFVP service and commitment to promoting fruit and vegetable consumption and healthy lifestyles to their students.
The FFVP BRAVOcado! Excellence Award recognizes schools that go above and beyond to operate a phenomenal FFVP program. To be eligible for the award, sites must meet criteria related to variety of produce items served, frequency of service, frequency of nutrition education, frequency of serving local produce, development of site-level and outside partnerships, and more!
The following three School Food Authorities went above and beyond and received the award this year. Congratulations to all awardees!