Traditional Foods in Child Nutrition Programs
American Indian communities have a rich history of eating native, local foods and a strong interest in serving these traditional foods through federal Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs). In a new memo, Child Nutrition Programs and Traditional Foods, USDA reinforces that many traditional foods can contribute towards reimbursable meals in CNPs. While USDA’s Food Buying Guide is an important tool for school food authorities, it doesn’t contain an exhaustive list of traditional foods; the new memo is an important supplement to help assist tribal communities.
Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs
Our revised local procurement guide is now available and can help you decide how to buy local for your program.
The guide covers procurement basics, defining local, where to find local products, and the variety of ways schools can purchase locally in accordance with regulations. This revision incorporates information about micro-purchases, buying local foods for child care and summer meal programs and more real-world examples. Check out the updated guide for sample solicitation language, detailed geographic preference examples and helpful resources.
Farm to Preschool Fact Sheet
Discover information about farm to preschool efforts, including tips and resources with our new Farm to Preschool fact sheet.
Farm to Summer Fact Sheet
Learn why summer meal programs are ripe for the incorporation of local foods and agriculture-based learning in our new Farm to Summer fact sheet.
Growing Roots in Farm to School Webinar Series
Recordings of all 11 webinars in our Growing Roots series are now available online. Click here to watch, and build your farm to school skills, topic by topic!
We’re Here to Help!
The USDA Farm to School Program is operated by the Department’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which has seven regional offices around the country; in each is a Farm to School Regional Lead who is available to provide farm to school related support to state agencies and other entities in their region. A list of regions, along with the names and contact information for regional and national USDA Farm to School Program staff, can be found here. To receive information and updates about USDA’s Farm to School Program, please sign up for our Farm to School E-letter.
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