Turnip the Beet Awards
USDA recognizes outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals that are appetizing, appealing and nutritious during the summer months. Check out USDA's Turnip the Beet! website for some great menu planning resources and the nomination form. Submit the nomination form to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 3, 2021. To see past Wisconsin winners, visit the Menu Planning, Nutrition Education & Activities page.
Celebrate SFSP Week July 26 - 30th, 2021
To celebrate summer meals in Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers has issued a proclamation declaring the week of July 26 - 30, 2021 as Summer Meals Week. In summary, the proclamation emphasizes the importance of free, nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. The proclamation also highlights the opportunity for SFSP sponsors to integrate locally sourced foods and test new recipes. Finally, it commends the critical role food service programs have played throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure children in communities across the state have access to regular, nutritious meals, even during disrupted school schedules. Please feel free to share this proclamation with your district or organization and community!
Cucumber Crunch set for July 29th!
Similar to the Great Lakes Apple Crunch, except with cucumbers to celebrate Farm to Summer! The Crunch will take place on July 29th, however if your program is not operating that day, we encourage you to crunch into summer produce any day in the month of July. DPI has created some great cucumber-themed hands-on activities, recipes, and promotional materials.