Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Foster Care Letter

The Departments of Agriculture, Education and Health and Human Services issued a tri-agency letter outlining the categorical eligibility of children and youth in foster care for free school meals.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0080
Written Codes of Conduct and Performance of Employees Engaged in Award and Administration of Contracts

This memorandum responds to a number of recent questions and requests to provide clarifying guidance to state agencies and child nutrition program operators, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program, regarding the expectation and enforcement of ethical conduct by their employees engaged in procurement of program goods and service.

SP09 CACFP03 SFSP02-2015
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0079
Updated E-Rate Guidance for Schools Electing Community Eligibility

This memorandum notifies state agencies and local program operators of recently updated rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission regarding the calculation of discount rates under the E-Rate program for schools electing the Community Eligibility Provision.

SP08-2015
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0073
Farm to School and School Garden Expenses

Recently, we have received several questions about the use of funds from the nonprofit school food service account to cover expenditures related to farm to school activities and school gardens. The questions and answers below address specific scenarios that school food authorities may be dealing with when considering the allowability of such costs.

SP06-2015
Resource | Webinars/Videos
Healthy Lunch - Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap
Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Administrative Review: Revised Manual, Tools, and Forms

This memorandum provides information on the updated School Meal Programs Administrative Review Manual, Tools, Forms and Instructions for School Year (SY) 2014-2015.  While the concepts of the review remain the same, the Manual, along with several Tools, Forms, and Instructions, have been edited to incorporate new requirements and provide clarity and understanding. The edits are highlighted in yellow in the Manual and related Tools, Forms, and Instructions and attached Table: SY 2014-2015 Updated Administrative Review Forms and Tools, identifies the Tools and Forms with key changes.
 

SP61-2014
Resource | Webinars/Videos
Finding, Buying and Serving Local Food - Using a Forward Contract

During this webinar, Maggie Gosselin from USDA's Farm to School Program will discuss the different ways schools may choose to use a forward contract when purchasing local foods. We'll also hear from Megan Kemple, a practitioner in Oregon, who has successfully used forward contracts to buy local products.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods - Tying It All Together and Digging In

During the last webinar in the twelve-part series, recorded on June 26, 2014, the USDA Farm to School Program offers a speedy recap of the variety of ways districts can purchase local foods, and talks through an example of how one district is tying it all together with a comprehensive local purchasing program. Deborah Kane, the National Director of USDA's Farm to School Program, wraps up the webinar by showing us how local procurement fits into the larger farm to school picture and shares several resources that are available to help you meet your local purchasing goals.