Resource | Best Practices
Turnip the Beet! High Quality Summer Meals Award Program

​The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding summer meal program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Farm to School Resources

Plan your Farm to School program using the new Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Planning Guide. This guide uses the same concepts below to create a robust farm to school program for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Streamline CACFP Resource Center

Why is streamlining a big deal? Because reducing paperwork increases program efficiency, to make CACFP work better! Whether you are wondering how to make the best use of resources to implement the new meal requirements, or just looking for ideas to help you operate the program more effectively, here is information you can use!

Resource | Best Practices
Best Practices: Special Populations

This section describes the successes sponsors have had in meeting the unique needs of children and attracting them to their summer meal sites.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Community Food Systems Videos & Webinars

Watch this new video to learn how farm to school is making a difference all across the country. Take one small step and share this video across your networks!

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Community Eligibility Provision Resource Center

The CEP Resource Center provides extensive resources for parents, teachers, and school officials at the local, state, and federal level to better understand CEP and its positive benefits, along with useful tools to help facilitate successful implementation of the provision in your school!

Resource | FAQs/Q&As
School Meals - FAQs

School meals are required to meet specific nutrition standards to operate the school meals programs. The standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools. 

Resource | Webinars/Videos
FY 2017 Farm to School Grantee Onboarding

This webinar will provide you with an overview of FY 17 Farm to School Grant requirements and next steps including, key farm to school contacts, available resources to support your farm to school work, financial systems and reporting requirements.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Finding, Buying and Serving Local Food - Working with Distributors

In this webinar, the sixth in this series, USDA's Farm to School Team discusses how schools can purchase local products through distributors. A food service director from Tennessee and a farm to school coordinator from Georgia share how they've been able to work with distributors to buy local foods.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Summer Meals: Responsibilities and Opportunities for Schools

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 solidified the partnership of schools and summer meals by ensuring that schools work with summer meal sponsors to inform families of the availability of free summer meals for the children they serve during the school year.