Chop! Chop! Culinary Skills Videos
These free training videos will help you and your school food service staff use more whole grains and fresh, Wisconsin-grown fruits and vegetables in your school meal program. The videos were developed in partnership with CESA Nutrition Purchasing and the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS). To view the videos, please visit the CIAS website. In addition, the Chop! Chop! Resource Guide was developed to accompany the videos. The guide is a compilation of the recipes featured in the videos and includes information about Wisconsin crops, procurement of local products, food safety, and professional development.
Quality Meal Improvement Sub-grant Opportunity
Wisconsin Team Nutrition is excited to announce the Quality Meal Improvement Sub-grant. This sub-grant provides School Food Authorities (SFAs) with funding to support staff professional development as well as implement strategies designed to increase student participation in the school meal programs. Additionally, the sub-grant seeks to assist school nutrition professionals with obtaining their Goal Oriented Achievement Learning Skills (GOALS) certification.
SFAs awarded with the sub-grant will be required to send at least one director/manager and two additional school nutrition professionals to the 2020 School Nutrition Skills Development Courses (SNSDC) and participate in 12 hours of required Quality Meal Improvement courses: Culinary Training, Serving Appealing School Meals, Customer Service, Communications, Marketing, Student Engagement, and Farm to School. Grantees are encouraged to participate in other SNSDC courses provided by the School Nutrition Team during the months of July and August. More information about these trainings will be sent in May. Grantees will also implement at least one Quality Meal Improvement strategy and complete required grant evaluation, such as staff surveys.
Sub-grants of $1,000 are available for up to 40 SFAs. The funding may be used to pay staff for their time to attend the trainings, travel reimbursement (mileage and/or hotel costs), and costs to implement strategies learned at the trainings. If interested in this opportunity, please complete the Quality Meal Improvement Sub-grant application and return to DPIFNSTeamNutrition@dpi.wi.gov by January 31, 2020.