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Resource | Technical Assistance

CACFP Meal Patterns

Limited and Traditional Kitchen Facility Meal Menus 

Resource | Technical Assistance

Software Approval Material for Alternates to USDA Certification Worksheets

These materials were compiled to assist companies who are developing or revising certification of compliance/menu planning software for USDA to approve for use in certification of compliance with the National School Lunch Program meal pattern requirements.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0055

Extending Flexibility for RCCIs in the NSLP

On July 16, 2012, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued memorandum SP 38-2012, which allowed Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs), with state agency approval, to serve the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) meal pattern in effect for the highest age/grade group served to all residential students.

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Resource | Webinars/Videos

Farm to School - Menu Planning for Your Farm to School Program

This webinar reviews the menu planning cycle, making room for local foods, incorporating local foods into schools meals, menu planning tips, and concludes with a question and answer session.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0015

USDA Foods Bone-in-Chicken Products

USDA Food and Nutrition Service policy memo SP 26-2013, "Extending Flexibility in the Meat/Meat Alternate and Grains Maximums for School Year 2013-14" extends the flexibility regarding Meat/Meat Alternate (M/MA) maximums for SY 2013-13, allowing state agencies to assess compliance based on the minimum daily and weekly serving requirements only.  

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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Guidance for Accepting Processed Product Documentation for Meal Pattern Requirements

The purpose of this memorandum is to highlight common issues related to inaccurate or misleading product literature, product labels, and fact sheets; provide guidance about how product literature can be used to make purchasing decisions; and bring to your attention several sample Product Formulation Statements (PFS) that can be used to document a product’s contribution to meal pattern requirements.