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.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods - Using USDA Foods as Resource to Purchase Local

On this webinar recorded on May 22, the USDA Farm to School Team turns its attention to USDA Foods. We discuss the history of the program and four ways USDA Foods can support districts in their local purchasing efforts. The Vermont Agency of Education shares how they have integrated USDA Foods into their local purchasing efforts.

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
Healthy Lunch - Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap
Resource | Webinars/Videos
How Health Centers Can Feed Summer Meals to Children

Learn how you can help feed children at your health clinics this summer through the Summer Food Service Program! Millions of eligible children may be going hungry in the summer. Of the 21 million children who receive free and reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program during the regular school year, only 3.5 million participate in summer meal programs. The webinar consists of a brief overview of the program and best practices from a health clinic and food bank that have partnered to feed children in Arizona!

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0014
New Q&As Related to the Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the NSLP

Attached are revised Questions and Answers related to the final rule entitled, Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

SP26-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0005
Discretionary Elimination of Reduced Price Charges in the School Meal Programs

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify for state and local operators of the school meal programs the permissible use of funds from the nonprofit school food service account to lower or eliminate reduced price student meal charges.

SP17-2014
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