Free meals program underway in Vacaville – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Schools may be out for the summer, but lunch, always popular, is still in.

Vacaville Unified’s summer feeding program began this week, with free nutritious meals available Monday through Friday for children at three sites across the city.

They are Markham Elementary, 11:30 a.m. to noon; Public Library-Town Square, 1 Town Square Place, noon to 12:30 p.m.; and Fairmont Charter Elementary, 1355 Marshall Road, 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Lunches will continue through the summer months until the first week of school in mid-August. Classes begin Aug. 18.

District officials believe some 17,000 sack lunches will be served while the program — in its fifth year and funded largely by the USDA and in-kind donations from local charities — is in effect.

 

Source: Free meals program underway in Vacaville

CDE wants sponsors for summer meals program – The Reporter

School in eastern Solano County will end in early June, but low-income children’s hunger and their need for healthy meals will not.

Schools, camps, nonprofits, Indian tribal governments and government offices among many entities and groups are being urged by state education leaders to apply to become Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors. It is a way to make sure poor children get nutritious meals once school is out.

Applications are due before June 1, said Peter Tira, a spokesman for the California Department of Education, which issued a press release.

“Summer for our students should be a time of discovery, fun, and making memories,” said state schools chief Tom Torlakson. “For many California children from low-income families, however, summer can represent just the opposite, with limited opportunities for educational enrichment, a lack of safe places for social activities, or a time without healthy meals to eat.”

Source: CDE wants sponsors for summer meals program

CDE seeks summer meals sponsors for low-income students – The Reporter

School in eastern Solano County will end in early June, but low-income children’s hunger and their need for healthy meals will not.

Schools, camps, nonprofits, Indian tribal governments and government offices among many entities and groups are being urged by state education leaders to apply to become Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors. It is a way to make sure poor children get nutritious meals once school is out.

Applications are due before June 1, said Peter Tira, a spokesman for the California Department of Education, which issued a press release.

“Summer for our students should be a time of discovery, fun, and making memories,” said state schools chief Tom Torlakson. “For many California children from low-income families, however, summer can represent just the opposite, with limited opportunities for educational enrichment, a lack of safe places for social activities, or a time without healthy meals to eat.”

Source: CDE seeks summer meals sponsors for low-income students

Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals Program – Year 2016 (CA Dept of Education)

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today urged eligible organizations—schools, camps, nonprofits, Indian tribal governments, and government offices among them—to apply to become Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors and ensure underprivileged children have access to nutritious meals once school is out. Applications are due before June 1, 2016.

“Summer for our students should be a time of discovery, fun, and making memories,” Torlakson said. “For many California children from low-income families, however, summer can represent just the opposite with limited opportunities for educational enrichment, a lack of safe places for social activities, or a time without healthy meals to eat.”

Good summer nutrition plays an important role in addressing childhood obesity as well as combatting the “summer slide,” a learning loss that many children experience during the summer months.

via Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals Program – Year 2016 (CA Dept of Education).

Feeding the Teachers Brain: Nutrition Tips for Busy Educators | Edutopia

By Dr. Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers

Teaching is a cognitively complex profession. In the course of a single school day, an educator must make hundreds of decisions and respond quickly to the myriad unexpected turns that life in the classroom may take. You have a high-energy job, so its essential to prime your brain and body with the right fuel.

But in the busy life of a teacher, who has time to think about healthy eating, much less sorting through the sometimes-conflicting claims about the nutritional value of various food choices? Unfortunately, the less we think about what we eat, the worse our diets may be — especially if we default to snacking on so-called convenience foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats and low in nutrient-dense ingredients that sustain energy levels.

via Feeding the Teachers Brain: Nutrition Tips for Busy Educators | Edutopia.

Deadline is Friday for Slow Food school garden grants – The Reporter

Slow Food Solano will offer grants for gardens at Solano County schools, elementary to high schools, it has been announced.

Applications will be accepted online through Friday at the nonprofit group’s website, www.slowfoodsolano.org.

Last year Slow Food awarded 17 garden grants to schools in all seven major Solano cities. The Fairfield-Suisun district cited the group for its contributions to support schools, noted Mary Bourguignon, a spokeswoman for Slow Food Solano.

via Deadline is Friday for Slow Food school garden grants.

Slow Food Solano offers school garden grants – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Slow Food Solano is offering grants for school gardens to Solano County elementary, middle and high schools.

Applications will be accepted online through Jan. 22 at www.slowfoodsolano.org and funds will be dispersed in February.

Slow Food Solano awarded 17 garden grants in 2015 to schools in all of Solano County’s seven cities, and was recognized by the Fairfield-Suisun School District for its contribution in supporting schools, students and parents. Teachers have used the funds for everything from tools and seeds to fencing to woks used for cooking the garden’s bounty.

via Slow Food Solano offers school garden grants.

California’s Farm to Preschool Program – Healthy Eating & Nutrition Education (CA Dept of Education)

What is Farm to Preschool?

F2P is a growing movement that includes activities that strengthen relationships between children in early child care and education settings and healthy, local food.

F2P activities include:

  • Purchasing, promoting and serving healthy, local foods in snacks or meals
  • Providing educational activities related to agriculture, food, health, or nutrition
  • Creating hands-on learning opportunities for children through gardening

via Californias Farm to Preschool Program – Healthy Eating & Nutrition Education (CA Dept of Education).

School Meals May Expose Children to Unsafe Levels of BPA | Suisun City, CA Patch

By Paige Miller

Federal standards for school meals are intended to keep kids healthy. But with emphasis solely on nutrition, schools are missing another component critical to students’ health – exposure to toxic chemicals, according to a study led by Jennifer Hartle, a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford Prevention Research Center.

School meals may contain unsafe levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical often found in canned goods and plastic packaging, according to the first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. BPA can disrupt human hormones and has been linked to health effects ranging from cancer to reproductive issues.

via Stanford Study Indicates School Meals May Expose Children to Unsafe Levels of BPA | Suisun City, CA Patch.

Fairfield-Suisun nutrition director invited to Virginia conference – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Margan Holloway, director of child nutrition services for the Fairfield-Suisun School District, has been invited to attend the School Nutrition Association’s Fall Committee Days on Oct. 16-17 in Arlington, Virginia.

The conference is fully funded by the School Nutrition Association, the school district said.

The nutrition association is an organization of 55,000 members for school nutrition professionals who are committed to advancing the quality of school meal programs through education and advocacy, the Fairfield-Suisun School District said in a press release.

via Fairfield-Suisun nutrition director invited to Virginia conference.